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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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A ghoulish tale with wicked humor stunning animation.
Ratings: 7.5 / 10 from

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Length: 76 Minute(s)

           

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. But as Christmas approaches, Jack's rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans.
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nudity A character uses her detached leg in a seductive way, to distract a villain. There's a song sequence in which a character is expressing her romantic feelings about someone she's in love with. There's a kiss between two characters at the end of the film.
violence The film is filled with pseudo-scary visuals, but little actual harm is done. For instance: one character has a hatchet embedded in his head, but it might just as well be a hat. The characters are mostly toys, or, could be interpreted as un-dead creatures. Santa Claus is kidnapped and held in a dungeon with manacles. Oogie-Boogie is a creature who appears to be a walking burlap bag. The bag is revealed to be full of bugs. Jack, dressed as Santa, is blasted out of the sky with missiles and falls to the ground (he is unhurt). A mad doctor has a skull that flips open to reveal his brain, which he massages. Later, he removes half of his brain to place it in a mate he has created. The heroine, Sally the rag doll, has arms and legs that come off and operate by themselves. Jack tells 3 kids to kidnap Santa. After they are told this they sing about what they should do to him, and it is dark, for example, one of the lines is, "tie him in a bag, throw him in the ocean and, see if he is sad". A young boy pulls out a skinned head from a present, he is calm, but his parents scream in horror. Presents that Jack gives out start menacing people (a vampire doll and sharp-toothed duck chase two kids, a scary-looking wreath corners an old lady with it's vines etc.) No one is hurt.
profanity The main character says 'by God' twice in a song. (ex. And, by God I'm really gonna give it all my might)
alcohol Sally drugs the mad doctor's soup with "Deadly Night Shade" which knocks him out.
frightening The sight of many of the bizarre and somewhat monstrous looking citizens (including the occasionally menacing appearance of the villain, some glowing eyes, and sharp teeth under a bed, etc.) might be unsettling or even frightening to young children. A young boy pulls out a skinned head from a box, this scene lasts for a split second as his parents scream in horror, This will be frightening for young kids as the mood is very scary and unsettling. The sight (and related thought) of kids receiving menacing or dangerous toys from Jack for Christmas might scare some. The instances of scary visuals literally number in the hundreds--all of the Charles Addams cartoon-variety. The song "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" has dark ideas about what to do with Santa. BBFC - (PG): mild comic horror, scary scenes.

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