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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 to deliver presents, Zero has to light the way because of the thick fog, similar to Santa and Rudolph. At the end of the movie, Jack and Sally kiss each other as Zero looks at them and flies into the air, transforming into a star.

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Zero emerging from the graveyard in Burton's illustration for the poem.

Zero first appears in Tim Burton's original poem , who is described as "the best friend (Jack) had". Zero feels sad after going unnoticed by Jack, attempting to cheer him up but coming to no avail. At the end of the poem, Zero turns into a tissue box for Jack to wipe his tears with.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge [ ]

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Jack and Zero in Oogie's Revenge .

Zero appears in the sequel video game Oogie's Revenge , where he first appears out from his grave in the graveyard and approached by Jack. He helps Jack find the Hanged Men by flying in the graveyard and barking to alarm him when he sees one. Zero doesn't make many appearances in the game, only assisting Jack in two levels.

Zero's Journey [ ]

Zero returns as the protagonist of the sequel comic book, " Zero's Journey ", where he gets lost in Christmas Town after an accident in Jack's House. He first appears sleeping in the comic, but wakes up wanting to play with Jack. He first gets ignored, but convinces his owner to stay for a game of fetch, where Jack removes his rib bone and tosses it around the room. Zero chases after it and nearly causes a mess in Jack's study, wearing his night cap after falling into a pile.

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Jack throws his bone one more time, accidentally bumping into his desk and dropping his portal device. He also incidentally opens up the portal through Halloween Town , which Zero flies through in an attempt to catch his rib. He chases it through the graveyard and into the forest , where he finds the rib in the middle of the holiday doors . Much like his owner, Zero becomes fascinated with the Christmas door and goes through it, and gets lost in Christmas Town.

The reason he appears as the main character is because, according to a message left by creators TOKYOPOP, they "always wished there were more scenes with Zero. He was always there for Jack, floating along, a loyal companion."

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen [ ]

  • Interestingly enough, it is implied in the movie that Zero still needs to breathe, as when you see him asleep in his basket in Jack's tower, part of his sheet-like body around his chest moves up and down.
  • When Zero is happy, he can wag his "tail", or flip in circles happily.
  • It’s a common misconception that Zero’s nose is a red bulb exactly like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, however it was always a small Jack ‘O Lantern as is evidenced in behind the scenes images of the original puppet and subsequent merchandise and media.

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Zero is Jack Skellington 's ghost dog from The Nightmare Before Christmas. He can make an appearance with Jack if you hold a TNBC-themed party in your café . ( first DMW game )

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The nightmare before christmas: 10 weird details you never knew about zero.

The Nightmare Before Christmas. Is it a Christmas movie? A Halloween movie? Both? One thing fans will agree on is that it's nothing with Jack's Zero.

The perfect holiday family film doesn’t exist – or at least that’s what someone might say if they had never heard of Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas . Follow the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town and his trusty, ghostly sidekick, Zero, as they seek to bring a little bit of Christmas to the land of trick or treat!

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This topsy-turvy holiday classic is just right for the transition from summer into autumn, and is always a fun choice for any time, from Halloween through to Christmas ! Though it focuses heavily on Jack Skellington and his quest for Christmas, what else is there to learn about his faithful animal friend, Zero?

He Is A Ghost That Breathes

Zero has the face of a dog while the rest of his body takes on the appearance of a children's ghost costume. Jack's adorable companion is clearly meant to be the ghost of a pet pup that has passed on to the other side.

But despite being dead (along with most of the other citizens of Halloween Town ), Zero appears to breathe! In the film, while sleeping in his basket bed, his sheet-like body can be seen rising and falling, as if inhaling and exhaling in relaxed slumber.

He Can Shapeshift

The Nightmare Before Christmas  was based on a poem written by Tim Burton, which was a reimagining of the poem, "The Visit From Saint Nicholas," more commonly known as "Twas The Night Before Christmas."

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While the story is quite similar as far as the basic elements of the plot go, there are a few key differences. One such revelation is that Zero can shapeshift! At the end of the poem, Zero sees Jack crying and swiftly turns into a tissue box so that his master can wipe his tears.

He Has His Own Comic Series

Someone saw that there was a lot of potential in the playful ghost dog and gave Zero his very own comic book series! Published by TOKYOPOP , Zero's Journey serves as the sequel to the movie and is a collection of 20 separate single-issue comics.

The stories focus on the many adventures of Zero, including a secret visit to Christmas Town ... but there will be more on that later!

He Brings To Mind Other Holiday-Themed "Rudolphs"

Zero was inspired by the story and features of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer , made obvious by his shiny, pumpkin-shaped nose. Why does he have that nose though, and how are the other holiday towns connected to each other in the world created in  The Nightmare Before Christmas ?

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If there is a Rudolph in Christmas Town and a Zero with his own glowing nose in Halloween Town, are there more? A Thanksgiving Turkey with a glowing beak? Of course, the true answer is that it was just a cute callback to Christmas and Zero's future role leading Jack's sleigh, but it is fun to consider.

He Has Gone To Christmas Town By Himself

Zero's Journey explores Zero's trip to Christmas Town. While playing a game of fetch, he chases Jack's rib bone all the way into the forest and straight up to the same holiday-themed doors that his master once found.

Intrigued by the Christmas door, Zero goes through and finds himself terribly lost in the colorful world of Christmas Town, but can he find his way back in time for both Halloween and Christmas in his own world?

He May Be Based On A Dachshund

Zero has a slender, pointed face, and long, floppy ears, followed by an elongated ghost body. Many fans have noticed that he appears to be inspired by the dachshund breed.

This wouldn't be the first time that Tim Burton has been inspired by a specific dog from real life. His short film (and later feature-length stop motion-film)  Frankenweenie was inspired by the loss of his own pet friend when he was only 10-years-old.

His Mood Is Linked To Jack's Emotional State

Watch closely or you might miss it! Throughout the movie, and especially during "Jack's Lament,"  Zero's mood shifts based on Jack's emotions, moment by moment. He is happy when Jack is happy, and sad when Jack is sad.

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This is likely inspired by the emotional capacity of real-life dogs, and how they seem to understand when their owners are upset by something.

He Is Featured In Many Video Games

Not only a popular movie, poem, and comic book series, The Nightmare Before Christmas franchise has also expanded to video games - and Zero came with them!

Zero is featured as a playable character in the phone game,  Disney Magic Kingdom,  and can be bought with in-game gems. He can also be found in other games, including  The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King , and  The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge .

He Was One Of Only Three Characters In The Poem

In the original poem written by Tim Burton, there were only three actual characters - Jack Skellington, Zero, and Santa Claus. Zero spends the length of the poem attempting to cheer Jack up.

Helpful, cute, and described in the poem as the best friend that Jack had ever had , it's easy to see why he just had to be included in the full film version.

He Is The Only Main Character That Doesn't Speak

Often by Jack's side or otherwise attempting to help him in some way, Zero functions as a main character in both the poem and in the movie. He is also the only main character that doesn't speak.

Despite his lack of dialogue, the audience can easily understand Zero's emotions and what he is trying to tell Jack at any given moment, thanks to his facial expressions and his actions, brilliantly brought to life by stop motion animators.

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