Henry Selick (born November 30, 1952), is an American stop motion animation director who directed both The Nightmare Before Christmas, and James and the Giant Peach. He studied at the Character Animation Program at California Institute of the Arts, while at the same time, studying experimental animation techniques from Jules Engel. There was a lot of friction between Tim Burton and Selick regarding The Nightmare Before Christmas; Selick felt that he was not adequately consulted during the film's creation. Selick also directed the film Monkeybone and developed the stop-motion animation for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. He is currently working for Laika Entertainment House where he is preparing an animated version of Neil Gaiman's Coraline.