The Nightmare before Christmas
For Ages 12 and Over
Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own.
Tim Burton’s dark story, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, incorporates some funny moments and some positive ones, including the ending. Although the film is not gory, it is a dark animated fantasy, made up of such scenes as a character walking around live with an ax in his head, and a stitched-up woman named Sally who pulls her own stitches from her arm. Her arm promptly falls off. This is obviously a total fantasy with Halloween meeting Christmas, and although we do award the film our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus, parents should consult the content chart below. This movie is filled with visually stunning images, such as some of the characters and the Halloween and Christmas Towns. It also has scenes such as a teddy bear being opened up and the stuffing popping out. However, it is quite humorous to hear “Jingle Bells” played as a dirge! The animation is great and, along with the funny moments, takes the viewer out of the ordinary to a land of make believe. Although this film may not be for all tastes, this fantasy does have its dark humor and interesting characters and there are viewers who will enjoy it. And Santa becomes an even bigger hero by film’s end.