Director Henry Selick’s love of animation stems from childhood viewings of the movie The Adventures of Prince Achmed and the creatures in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. After studying at Rutgers University, Selick enrolled in the animation program at CalArts, and following his graduation began work as an animator trainee with Disney, working on films such as Pete’s Dragon and The Fox and the Hound. In 1993, Selick directed his first feature The Nightmare Before Christmas, which is often mistaken for a Tim Burton-directed film. Following The Nightmare Before Christmas, Selick directed the films James and the Giant Peach, Monkeybone, and Coraline, and did the visual effects for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. He’s currently attached to directed another movie based on a Neil Gaiman property: The Graveyard Book. Henry Selick turns 60 today.