Zero is a ghostly dog that appears to be made of a white sheet, much like a stereotypical ghost. Like Pluto, he has basset hound-esque floppy ears. His "eyes" are just empty holes in the sheet. Zero's snout is very long and thin, and his upper jaw curls upward at the tip. His nose is a small glowing jack-o-lantern like Rudolph's red nose, and his collar is a faded brown color.
Zero first appeared in the 1993 movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. In the movie, Jack finds the door to Christmas Town while he is taking Zero for a walk. Later, when Jack wants to take off through the thick fog to deliver presents, Zero has to light the way. At the end of the movie, Jack and Sally kiss each other as Zero looks at them. He then flies into the air and transforms into a star.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge
Zero appears as an ally to Jack, vital in certain parts of the storyline. After hearing from Corpse Kid and Clown that Oogie's baddies had kidnapped Sally and taken her to the cemetery, Jack rushes there himself. He finds the Hanging Tree, though his Hanging Men are missing, who states that he doesn't know where Sally is, but adds that his men might. Jack states that he could track them down and ask, and mentions that he could use Zero's nose for it. Hanging Tree directs him to Zero's grave and, after a skirmish with Lock and some skeletons, Jack reaches the grave and calls Zero. He emerges, and leads Jack to five separate places in the graveyard, where each Hanging Man is hiding.
He is seen again much later, after Jack has all but undone everything Oogie did in Halloween Town. He learned from Oogie's shadow that the villain was currently in Christmas Town, so he calls Zero again from his grave to help him find the key to Spiral Hill so that he can reach the Hinterlands. Zero's nose again proves helpful, and Jack finds the key.
Zero's grave is accessible at any point once the Graveyard can be reached, but he will never be home except for those two times. Apart from that, he is only seen in the closing scene, as Jack and Sally share a heartfelt moment like the ending of the film.
Zero is a relatively minor character in the Kingdom Hearts series, usually only seen in the background of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. He is given a slightly larger role in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, where he can sense Heartless and uses this ability to help Jack Skellington and Roxas.
Zero appears in the Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction in the Endless Hallway and the Graveyard scene with Jack. He also appears in Disneyland's Halloween Screams fireworks show, floating over the castle in a similar fashion to Tinker Bell.
- Zero's "Corpse Bride" counterpart is Victor's skeleton dog: Scraps.
- Even to this very day, it is currently unknown who provides Zero's vocal effects in the original film, though many believe it was done by Bill Farmer, Frank Welker, or sound effects from a computer, though there's no evidence support these beliefs.
- Zero makes an appearance in one of Bleedman's webcomic: Grim Tales Down Below. Zero becomes good friends with Grim Jr.