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Tim Burton fans create elaborate 'Nightmare' haunted house

October 29, 2011 | 10:23 am

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A 6-foot-tall Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” still needed its appendages. It sat in the Kaufmanns’ living room, along with a 7 1/2-foot tall Oogie Boogie, two singing skeletons and three singing pumpkins.

Bill Kaufmann and his son Thomas, 21, put the finishing touches on their animatronic creations this week, making sure the pins and other parts were still able to hold Jack’s remaining limbs in place.

They also tested the computer program that makes various characters fly, wave, tilt their heads, smile or roll their eyes to music. The father-son team selected three songs from the movie, along with “Dead Man’s Party,” from the 1980s band Oingo Boingo, to set the tone.

By Monday, Jack will stand 10 feet and the rest of its hand-sewn, striped suit will be delicately pinned on. His wingspan will reach 13 feet.

Jack and Oogie Boogie will be ushered out on Halloween, but over the weekend, various props, including an iron gate and a 30-foot canvas backdrop with a scene from the movie, will convert the Kaufmanns' front yard into their seventh annual “The Nightmare Before Christmas” tribute.

Tim Burton's cult classic was released in 1993, and Thomas Kaufmann said they've been devoting their lives to it for several months a year since 2004, according to the Burbank Leader.


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Photo: Bill Kaufmann and his son Thomas are the co-creators of original animatronic characters, modeled after Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas," with one of the characters they created, Jack, in their living room in Burbank on Wednesday. Their creations will decorate their front yard on Halloween. Credit: Tim Berger/Times Community News