1993 | 25 Years Ago
A goth holiday icon is born on the big screen with Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (dir. Henry Selick). Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler sees the light after a record 31-year, on-off production (Vincent Price’s last feature release). Auds also get Tom and Jerry: The Movie, and Japan sees Ninja Scroll. VeggieTales is the first direct-to-video CG series. Nick Park’s The Wrong Trousers (Aardman Animations) wins an Oscar. U.K. animation offers more gems: The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (TVC), which comes to the U.S. this year, and The Animals of Farthing Wood (Telemagination/ La Fabrique), commissioned by the European Broadcast Union. The Adventures of Blinky Bill airs in Australia. The second-longest-running anime of all time Nintama Rantaro debuts in Japan, as does Studio Ghibli’s TV movie Ocean Waves, Sailor Moon R and its first feature. U.S. TV welcomes Animaniacs, Rocko’s Modern Life, Madeline, Biker Mice from Mars, Bonkers, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mike Judge’s Beavis Sailor Moon & Butt-head, to name a few. The earthshaking vfx of Jurassic Park Oscar. Beavis & Butt-head Founded: Women in Animation (U.S.); Adelaide Productions (U.S., part of Sony), Curious Pictures (U.S.), Digital Domain (U.S.), Digital eMation (S. Korea), Janimation (U.S.), Hal Film Maker (Japan, later TYO Animation), reformed MGM Animation (U.S.), Toon City (Philippines), Weta Digital (New Zealand).