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As much fun as our little games are, Jack, this will be your last. Tomorrow, the town will be reborn as "Bug Town" and I shall be its king! (Jack: I won't let that happen! This is Halloween Town! And I am the Pumpkin King!) Prepare to be dethroned, Jack!
~ Oogie to Jack in The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King.
In the video game prequel to the film, Oogie's origins and the birth of his rivalry with Jack were revealed: As it turned out, he once had his own holiday known as Bug Day, which was most likely forgotten by the people of the real world and thus vanished. Unfortunately, Oogie escaped, found Halloween Town, and decided that it would be the new Bug Day. He and his army of insects invaded the town and nearly took it over. Jack found out and he defeated the bugs and Oogie. Oogie survived the battle, learned to fear the Pumpkin King, and was banished to his underground lair.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Now look what have you done! My bugs! (x10)
~ Oogie Boogie's last words.
During the time that Oogie was imprisoned in his lair and plotting his revenge, Lock, Shock and Barrel revealed the existence of Santa Claus to him. Later, the trio kidnapped Santa and (against the wishes of Jack Skellington, who held Oogie in great contempt) sent him down to his lair beneath their Treehouse home. After introducing himself, Oogie binds Santa to a giant roulette wheel and prepares to torture him. Later on, Sally attempts to rescue Santa from Oogie, but she ends up being captured herself. Following Jack's failed escapade as Santa Claus, Oogie tried to kill his captives by cooking them in his snake and spider stew but was stopped by Jack.
Jack confronts Oogie, who activated his robot killing machines and trapped him in response, but the latter acrobatically evaded the devices and managed to reach Oogie. Oogie tried to escape on a propeller, but Jack shouted "How dare you treat my friends so shamefully!", indicating that Oogie was too dangerous to be left alive. The pumpkin king then pulled a loose thread on him, which opened him up revealing he is composed entirely out of bugs and caused about 90% of his bugs to fall into his own burning stew. He fearfully screamed his last words "My bugs!", and his voice then changed to insects, faded from existence, and left only squeaks. Albeit most of the insects fell to their deaths in Oogie's stew, one of them, presumably the leader, tried to escape his fellows' fate, but was ultimately crushed to death by Santa with his feet. It is completely unknown if any bug from Oogie's bag survived the ordeal, but if some of them did so, they most likely escaped from Oogie's lair and went to live normal lives as ordinary insects.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge
In the 2005 video game sequel The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, Oogie was resurrected by his three henchmen, Lock, Shock, and Barrel, who sewed him back together. He quickly deceived the residents of Halloween Town and tricked the townsfolk into making traps for his archenemy, Jack Skellington. Oogie attempted to become the "Seven Holidays King". He successfully kidnapped the real leaders and tried to murder Santa Claus again, but his plans were foiled by Jack. Oogie desperately put up a fight by turning into a gigantic, junk-filled version of himself named "Mega-Oogie". He was then again destroyed by Jack, reducing into nothing, apparently ending Oogie's threat once and for all. However, he could still be resurrected once more like in the past.
Kingdom Hearts series
Nobody disrespects me! Nobody!
~ Oogie Boogie
Oogie is one of the Disney antagonists in the Kingdom Hearts video game series, and the main antagonist of most Halloween Town storylines.
In his first appearance, he is allied with Maleficent in Kingdom Hearts, who wanted the heart that Jack and Doctor Finkelstein created to take control of the Heartless and use them to take over Halloween Town. Oogie succeeded in part, swallowed the artificial Heart, but because the heart was faulty, he could not summon as many Heartless as he expected. He tried to destroy Sora, Jack, and the others by trapping them in his giant roulette machine. Aside from throwing explosive dice, all of his attacks depended on what number he rolled. Oogie could summon the Heartless, release a spinning blade wheel, summon a buzzsaw, or activate his healing machine. However, Sora could hit the dice and cancel out Oogie's attack. At the end of the battle, Oogie's seams split released all of the bugs from inside his body and left nothing but his empty sack body and the Heart. However, because Oogie had swallowed the Heart, the energies inside of it resurrected him and merged him with his manor. His weak points were orbs of darkness that sustained his life. However, Sora destroyed them all and caused Oogie's manor form to crumble into dust.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Oogie returned in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (and its console remaster Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories), as a creation from Sora's memories of Halloween Town. The false Oogie Boogie stole Doctor Finkelstein's special potion that was said to bring "true memories" and drank it, but began to feel intense fear (presumably of what happened to him) and Sora defeated him. He also appeared in Riku's story as a token of the darkness in his heart. Oogie was the boss of Halloween Town in both stories. The strategy to defeating Oogie was to utilize card breaks to lower the bars that protected him until they retracted completely, after which he was entirely vulnerable to any attack.
Kingdom Hearts II
Oogie was resurrected by Maleficent in Kingdom Hearts II as part of her plan to take over Christmas Town while turning Santa Claus into "Santa Heartless". However, Oogie Boogie, still weak from being revived and suffering from retrograde amnesia, drove Maleficent away after he insulted her as he did not remember that she was the one who brought him back to life. Oogie converted Santa's Present Machine into a machine that summoned Heartless Presents. Oogie's fate in the end was similar to his initial fate from the first game, only this time Donald Duck squashed the final bug in the hopes that Oogie would not return (as Santa did in the film). Oogie Boogie was the only villain besides Pete in the game that Maleficent interacted with directly, instead of sending Pete to enforce her will.
Kingdom Hearts χ
Oogie Boogie appears on medals in Kingdom Hearts χ and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross].
The Villains Lair
Oogie appears in episode two of the second season. It turns out Oogie was imprisoned in the dungeon below the villains' castle, by Maleficent after his revival; along with his henchmen. He turns it into his new Oogie Lair. Maleficent comes to visit him, asking for his dice, which allow him to control shadows; to keep Dr. Facilier from helping Ursula with his friends. Oogie is not willing to cooperate, feeling hurt by the villains not including him; though he relented when Maleficent offers him Sandy Claws to torture. Oogie gives her the dice before singing "Oogie's Boogie" about his joy and desire to take over the holiday. Once done, he begins torturing Santa as Maleficent listens outside.
Diney Crossy Road
Oogie Boogie appears as an unlockable character in The Nightmare Before Christmas event for Disney Crossy Road.
Little Big Planet
Oogie Boogie appears as a costume in "The Nightmare Before Christmas Pack" DLC for the 2014 puzzle-platformer video game Little Big Planet 3.
As Told By Emoji
Oogie Boogie appears in "The Nightmare Before Christmas As Told By Emoji", which recounts the events of the film in a quick, comical fashion.
Oogie Boogie appears as an unlockable costume in Disney Universe.
Disney Heroes: Battle Mode
Oogie Boogie is a playable character in Disney Heroes: Battle Mode.
Oogie Boogie appears at a few Disney Parks attractions, including:
The Villains Tonight! Halloween stage show
The Hocus Pocus Villains Spectacular Halloween stage show
The Halloween Screams firework show during HalloWishes
The Haunted Mansion during its seasonal "Haunted Mansion Holiday" overlay, where he replaces the Hitchhiking Ghosts.
He also appears as a popular meet and greet character around Halloween.
Oogie Boogie was also prominently featured in a commercial for Disneyland Resorts, casting a spell over the Resorts and transforming them for the Halloween season.
Oogie Boogie is the sadistic, villainous, manipulative and power-hungry boogeyman who resembles a large burlap sack. Inside of him are thousands of bugs (along with two spiders and a snake). His life revolves around gambling and loves gambling with others' lives. He is also a dangerous and cruel monster who likes to torture people. He is also said to have been the king of his own holiday, "Bug Day", which eventually fell out of favor, resulting in him moving to Halloween Town in "The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King" for Gameboy Advance. He also appears to fear Jack Skellington, as evidenced by their final confrontation when meeting face to face. This fear can be seen to be a result of their first meeting in "Pumpkin King", when Jack destroyed a majority of his bug minions after he attempted to transform Halloween Town into the new Bug Day.
Ironically, Oogie is powerless for gambling, as on three occasions, he rolls snake eyes, and admits that he has to resort to deceiving. He slams his fist upon the table to shake the dice, resulting in eleven. He is also a somewhat lecherous and provocative individual, which is evident when he is easily distracted by Sally's bare (and dismembered) leg. According to Lock, Shock and Barrel, as well as some of his deleted song material (which is included in the soundtrack version), he is also very good at making a concoction known as Snake and Spider Stew, though it would seem he tends to use people as ingredients. He’s a loathsome and opprobrious sadist who has his henchmen abduct people and bring them to his lair for him to torture and eventually slaughter and/or eat and/or add to his snake and spider stew.
Oogie's life revolved around gambling, and he loved gambling with others' lives. Ironically, Oogie was unskillful for gambling; on three occasions he rolled snake eyes (although some say he was looking at Santa's chances the first two times, because he laughed after looking at the results), and confessed that he had to resort to deceiving - he slammed his fist upon the table to shake the dice the third time, which resulted in eleven. Oogie was also apparently somewhat lecherous and provocative, which was evident when he is easily preoccupied by Sally's bare (and dismembered) leg.
Oogie was a sadist who had Lock, Shock, and Barrel abduct people and bring them to his lair for him to torture and eventually kill and/or add to his Snake and Spider Stew. Unlike all of the other inhabitants of Halloween Town, who were merely innocent monsters who scared people for a living, and as a profession, and for whom "life's no fun without a good scare", Oogie was truly evil. It was suggested that his sadistic nature had resulted in his exile from the mainstream Halloween Town.
Oogie lived in an underground lair, which was full of traps and torture devices with a casino-like twist. Oogie Boogie's lair, during his theme song, was lit with black lights in the style of a cheap funhouse. Under those, Oogie himself glowed bright green. However, after the lights dimmed, the bright color was sapped from his lair, and transformed its appearance into that of a dank, cellar-like dungeon. Above his lair was the clubhouse of Lock, Shock and Barrel, who fed him bugs regularly via a metal chute.
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust! Ooh, I'm feelin' weak… with hunger! One more roll of the dice oughta do it!
~ Oogie Boogie.
Oogie Boogie is meant to represent one of the worst things that anyone can get on Halloween: a bag full of bugs.
Oogie Boogie does not appear in Tim Burton's original poem, but Burton later sketched a portrait of what appeared to be a potato sack man with horrible things inside in his autobiography "Burton".
In "Burton", Tim Burton says that Oogie Boogie was loosely inspired by the late Cab Calloway's 1932 appearance in a Betty Boop cartoon. In addition to this, Danny Elfman ended up referencing the 1933 Betty Boop cartoon, The Old Man of the Mountain, also featuring Calloway. Santa Claus' line "Well, what are you going to do?" and Oogie Boogie's response of "I'm gonna do the best I can!" are direct quotes from this cartoon.
Tim Burton has stated that he does not see Oogie Boogie as "evil". He believes that "The Nightmare Before Christmas is a happy story with no truly bad characters. Everyone is trying to do something good and just get a little mixed up along the way".
Although Oogie is the main antagonist, he only appears in the film's final act with around 10 minutes of screen time, making him a supporting character.
An alternate idea for Oogie's identity was for him to be Dr. Finkelstein in disguise, gaining revenge on Jack and Sally. However, it was not pursued past storyboards; this is visible on the Special Edition DVD. Tim Burton hated this idea, and allegedly kicked a hole in the wall when he heard about it.
Despite him being the main antagonist, Tim Burton has said before that he does not necessarily consider Oogie to be a villain. The reason for this is unknown, but it is possible that this is because many of the other residents of Halloween Town were also fairly morally questionable.
Oogie Boogie was inspired by Cab Calloway's cameo appearance in the Betty Boop cartoon "Minnie the Moocher."
When Ken Page voiced Oogie Boogie, he used Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz and Mercedes McCambridge in The Exorcist for inspiration.
There are three shots in the entire film that were filmed at 24 frames per second, one is the opening overhead shot of the trees in the forest, the fog coming out of the fountain, and the other one is the bugs falling into the hot stew in Oogie Boogie's lair.
In The Nightmare Before Christmas edition of the Hasbro board game Operation, Oogie Boogie takes Cavity Sam's role as the patient that anyone must cure.
Oogie is also the only Disney Villain to be a patient in Operation.
Oogie has one of the most gruesome deaths of any Disney villains, as Jack tearing off his sack is actually tearing off his skin, and every bug being killed is everytime Oogie gets murdered, so he feels that pain over-and-over again.