The Nightmare Before Christmas

Movie review by Liz Perle, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.

PG 1993 76 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 100 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 193 reviews

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age 10+

Racism and Sexism Explicit, Normalized

This movie seems hip, artsy happy dark holiday. But the old man scientist (who kept the young pretty thing in bondage and removed her limbs when she tried to escape him)- in the original story, he was an evil mastermind working the boogieman puppet. Burton reshaped the original story and made the scientist into just another town leader and friend of Jack’s who happens to view/create/keep women as his toys - with no judgement from our hero Jack. And Button’s “oogie boogie man” becomes a standalone character w name tied to old southern racial slur, a Black actor’s voice, and stereotypical gambling/drinking/financial problems that fuel his drive to steal Christmas. The racism and misogyny was pointed out to burton who doubled down instead of course correcting. This is readily available background. I wish it were more commonly incorporated into the movie’s reviews and summaries.
age 2+
Great movie ! Even it’s full of “monsters” and the main character is a skeleton it’s not spookey at all.

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