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The Nightmare Before Christmas


Oct 28, 1993

Latest Home Video

Sep 10, 2013

MPAA Rating



Tim Burton


Chris Sarandon
Catherine O'Hara
William Hickey


1993 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Still shot from the movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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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.

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Why Is The Nightmare Before Christmas Rated PG?

The Nightmare Before Christmas is rated PG 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.

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In Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) another jealous creature tries to capture Christmas, and in so doing manages to catch the spirit of the season. Tim Burton creates a similar graveyard setting for a second stop-motion movie, The Corpse Bride.

Canadian Movie Ratings

AB Not Rated
MB PG Not suitable for young children.
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Home Video Notes: The Nightmare Before Christmas; 20th Anniversary Edition

Release Date: 10 September 2013

The Nightmare Before Christmas releases to home video (3D/Blu-ray Combo) in a 20th Anniversary Edition

Home Video Notes: The Nightmare Before Christmas (3D)

Release Date: 30 August 2011

The Nightmare Before Christmas releases in a Three-Disc Combo (Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy) on August 30, 2011. This Tim Burton animation comes with the following:

- Tim Burton Movie Introduction

- "What’s This?" Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour

- Frankenweenie Short Film (uncut version) with Introduction by Tim Burton

- Vincent Short Film

- Tim Burton’s Original Poem Narrated by Christopher Lee

- Audio Commentary by Tim Burton, Director Henry Selick and Music Designer Danny Elfman

- Behind the Scenes Making of the Movie

- The Worlds of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

- Deleted Scenes

DVD Notes: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Collector’s Edition

Release Date: 26 August 2008

De-Boo-ing on Blu-ray, and releasing again on DVD, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Collector’s Edition comes with two discs and fancy packaging. Besides the digitally restored and re-mastered movie, fans of the film will find an audio commentary with Tim Burton, Henry Selick, and Danny Elfman, a recitation of Tim Burton’s original poem by Christopher Lee, deleted scenes and test footage. A making-of documentary and the featurette Jack’s Haunted Mansion Holiday Tour flesh out this tale of Jack Skellington. Also included are two bonus shorts made by Tim Burton when he was a filmmaker novice, Vincent and Frankenweenie (an uncut version with an exclusive introduction). Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (English, French and Spanish), with subtitles in French and Spanish.

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