Picture from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Overall C

Jack Skellington (voice of Chris Sarandon), king of Halloween Town, is tired of scaring up frights on his own holiday. What he wants is something with more warmth, so he decides to borrow a few ideas from the Jolly Old Elf. However, his attempts to imitate Christmas end up with a ghoulish touch, so his celebration plans are meet with a chilly reception.

Violence C
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use C

MPAA Rating: PG for some scary images.

Why is The Nightmare Before Christmas rated PG?

Official MPAA Rating: The Nightmare Before Christmas is rated PG for for some scary images.

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All things Halloween (including ghoulish creatures, grotesque monsters, and frightening figures) are used to create the setting in this stop-frame animation. Besides the usual ghosts and graveyards, expect portrayals of living skeletons, exposed internal organs and brains, as well as a sackcloth boogieman whose decaying inners are being devoured by wriggling worms. Ongoing slapstick violence accompanies the story line, but occasionally the intent becomes more vicious and characters are threatened with torture, gunshots, cannon fire, flames and fast-moving mechanical blades. A rag doll is constantly sewing back on her dismembered arms and legs. A male character represses a woman in his care, forces her to labor and locks her in her room. In retaliation, she poisons his food. A woman seductively shows her leg to lure a man. Terms of deity are used as expletives.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba PG Not suitable for young children.
Ontario PG
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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