Jack Skellington was
the unique leader of Halloweentown. He was called the
"Pumpkin King" and wore the proverbial crown. He performed wonderful
feats, setting himself afire so bright. When bored, he took
Santa's own place one disastrous Christmas night.
Jack leads the Halloweentown folks in planning their
scary fun, a talent that earned him the title of "Pumpkin King." Jack enjoys
spooking people with his scary screams. He is innovative and creative.
Jack Skellington is tall and thin with a bat bow tie.
He has a face like a skeleton and his tall thin body moves elegantly across
the screen. He has a genius for planning terrifying events, but, at heart,
Jack Skellington is a gentle, melancholy guy, tired of
his crown and mournfully singing, "He would give it
all up if he only could." Jack is a multifaceted talented
individual who has a full range of emotions. He wants to do something more
than scare people with his bloodcurdling scream. His melancholy comes from
his loneliness and isolation, and from hisfeelings of been
here, done that. He's one of those people where everything seems to he
going great on the outside but underneath he's pretty miserable. Jack's
basically trying to do good, but he's misperceived. When Jack takes on
the role of Santa he thinks everything is wonderful, but he'sactually driving the
whole world into a state of panic. There's something very beautiful and
sad and funny about that. Jack Skellington has many different facets to
When we first see him on the screen, before we know
hisimportance to the story, It's Halloween, and Jack is dressed
like a scarecrow with a large pumpkin head. He seems stiff and clumsy until
he jumps into the fountain and reemerges, making his grand entrance as
himself, quite debonair in his black and white striped suit with tails.
Throughout the film Jack shows us other aspects of his personality: he
is depressed about the emptiness in hissoul as he wanders through
the forest, but then overcome with delight when he falls into the sparkling
He is a delighted little boy when he dresses up as
Santa Claus and delivers ghoulish presents from his coffin sleigh and an
avenging angel when he later roars into action to rescue Santa and set
things right.When he discovers Christmas, Jack tries to recreate
it. Although his methods may be all wrong, his intentions are all good.
And in his own way, Jack finally succeeds in bringing a bit of Christmas
spirit to Halloweentown.
his skeleton frame, Jack looks a sight. But
his heart wants more than screams at night. Then
the pumpkin king discovers a dream-- Bringing
Christmas joy to Halloween.
Jack's house has a tall,
spindly tower with a study on top, a fitting den for this impossibly thin