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Spooky Empire 2014 Features Nightmare Before Christmas Stars

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

Across the street from Universal Orlando Resort from October 24 through the 26th was the annual Spooky Empire convention held at the Doubletree Hotel. Every year, thousands of people descent on the convention halls for all kinds of things. From makeup demonstrations…

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

From makeup demonstrations…

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Photo by Josh Young

To buying just about anything horror related you can think of…

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Photo by Josh Young

Including some amazing fan art…

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Photo by Josh Young

And more collectibles than you can shake a stick at. In addition, there is a ton of cosplay everywhere you look…

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Photo by Josh Young

 

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

 

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

 

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

 

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

 

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

 

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

 

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

 

 

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

In addition, there were dozens of celebrities from Tara Reid, star of “Sharknado” to Tobin Bell, famous for all the films in the “Saw” franchise. However, for me, it was about meeting the stars of “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas”.  Ken Page, who played Oogie Boogie…

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Photo by Josh Young

And Chris Sarandon, the voice of Jack Skellington.

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Photo by Josh Young

On Saturday afternoon, Spooky Empire hosted a panel discussion on what it was like working on “Nightmare Before Christmas”. Naturally, Ken and Chris were interviewed.

Photo by Josh Young

Photo by Josh Young

The interview yielded surprising answers, including this one about when the two performers met for the first time in person. When voice actors record for a film like “Nightmare” is typically done in separate sessions sometimes weeks apart. Ken and Chris never actually met until over a decade after the movie was released. Click the video below for the story:

Strangely enough, early in the interview, Chris Sarandon had mentioned casually that Disney told him never to use Jack’s voice in public. Essentially, his take on the situation was Disney owned the character, thus he wasn’t allowed to speak as the character unless Disney gave him the green light. In this next clip, Chris discusses that as well as Ken Page talks about doing Oogie’s voice again most recently at Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

After meeting literally dozens of voice actors for Disney over the years, who will do their voices at the drop of a hat, this is the first I have ever heard of this. Regardless, the last question of the day was from a little girl who asked Ken if he knew how to do Jack’s voice. While he said no, he did give us a little Oogie. Take a look:

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