Henry Selick and Tim Burton formed the company in 1986 as Selick/Burton Projects, where Tim Burton could direct episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre, while Henry Selick could focus on doing animation. After producing award-winning animation for MTV, Ritz, Pillsbury, and more, Tim Burton left to work on Beetlejuice (1988), so Selick renamed the studio to Selick Projects.
In September 1992, Tim Burton returned Selick's studio, renamed it Skellington Productions, and sold it to Disney. The first film produced by Skellington Productions (which gave the company its namesake), The Nightmare Before Christmas, was released theatrically in 1993 under Disney's Touchstone Pictures banner to an extremely positive response and box office, becoming a sleeper hit. Since 2006, Nightmare has been released by Walt Disney Pictures and in Disney Digital 3-D format.
The second and final film, James and the Giant Peach, released to theaters in 1996. It also met with positive reviews but failed to make a suitable profit.
Aside from film, Skellington Productions also worked on the KaBlam! short, Life With Loopy in 1996 for the show's first season. The show aired on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000. Skellington Productions left after the first season.
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