The Nightmare Before Christmas

1993 PG 1h 15m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

1993 PG 1h 15m Blu-ray / DVD
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Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.66:1
Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS 7.1 HD, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
  • Danny Elfman
  • Catherine O'Hara
  • Chris Sarandon
  • William Hickey
  • Glenn Shadix
  • Paul Reubens
  • Ken Page
  • Edward Ivory
  • Susan McBride
  • Debi Durst
  • Greg Proops
  • Kerry Katz
  • Randy Crenshaw
  • Sherwood Ball
  • Carmen Twillie
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Reviews

age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this offbeat, stop motion-animated movie is one of the great family films for all ages. That said, it does have scary Halloween creatures in it -- characters take off their own heads and limbs, and there are skeletons, nasty toys, and a creepy villain named Oogie Boogie. A Christmas tree even burns up. Some little kids who aren't old enough to distinguish this fantasy from the goings on at Halloween (or those prone to nightmares) might steer clear, although you can always hit pause and talk about what's scaring them. The special 3D version is identical in content and storyline to the original, but the enhanced visuals may add marginal spookiness and could further blur the line between fantasy and reality for some younger kids.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.

Violence

Characters take off their own heads and limbs.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Jack Skellington wants to take over Christmas, but he learns the lesson that the grass isn't always greener. The movie advocates thinking before you act and being grateful for what you have.

Consumerism

Lots of tie-in products available.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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