The Nightmare Before Christmas
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.
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- Henry Selick
- This movie is
- DVD, Blu-ray and streaming
- 1994 Academy Award®
- Best Visual Effects nominee
PGSome scary images
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 7.1 HD, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; bonus short films; making-of featurette; deleted scenes; test footage; behind-the-scenes featurette.
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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.
- Characters take off their own heads and limbs.
- 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.
- Lots of tie-in products available.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it