10 Movie Easter Eggs You Never Spotted

9. Beetlejuice - Jack Skellington

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From Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, and Batman, two-time Oscar-nominated director Tim Burton's distinctive style has seen him reach the heights of pop-culture. However, arguably two of the filmmaker's most iconic creations are that of cult classics Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas (which he created but didn't direct).

Seeing a crossover of these two properties any time soon is incredibly unlikely, but what you might not have known is that the iconic main characters from each of these films have already shared the screen together.

In Beetlejuice's climactic scene where the titular spirit (Michael Keaton) is summoned to cause havoc on some meddling humans, a creepy doll can briefly be glimpsed at the top of his outfit. That figure being Jack Skellington.

Releasing five years before The Nightmare Before Christmas, viewers at the time would have been none the wiser to the relevance of this tiny detail, but hindsight is a wonderful thing after all.

The reason Beetlejuice viewers got to see the Pumpkin King before his own film is because Burton composed the original poem and early character concepts back in 1982 - six years before Beetlejuice was released - when he worked as an animator for Disney.

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