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Live-Action TV

  • The Big Bang Theory: In the episode "The Prom Equivalency", it's revealed that Emily has a tattoo of Sally.


  • blink-182’s “I Miss You” contains several references to the movie, a favorite of the writer and his then-wife’s.

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Web Animation

  • Ollie & Scoops: The episode "Old Crumplecranks" is a Whole Plot Reference to Minnie the Moocher and The Old Man of the Mountain, but also contains many references to Oogie Boogie, who was inspired by those same cartoons. Old Crumplecranks, the titular antagonist, has a voice very reminiscient of Oogie, and in addition to quoting "I'm gonna do the best I can," which is said both by Oogie and by the Old Man in TOMOTM, also quotes some lines specific to Oogie, such as "Well, well, well," and "you [two] ain't goin' [anywhere]note ."

Web Video

  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In his review of Ernest Saves Christmas, when the military tries to take down Ernest in Santa's sleigh:
      Critic: You missed, but you can still get Jack Skellington!
      [Jack gets gunned down]
      Jack: Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good-
      Critic: Good job.
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    • In the review of It (1990), when Pennywise's face appears on the moon, the Critic overlays the scene from "This Is Halloween" where Oogie Boogie's shadow appears on the moon.
    • In his review of FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue, after Pip complains that he wants something more, the Critic plays a clip from "Jack's Lament".
    • In his review of James and the Giant Peach, the Critic notes the Skeleton Pirate Captain looking similar in appearance to Jack Skellington, and plays a line from "Jack's Lament" when the Skeleton Pirate Captain loses his head.
      Critic (as Skeleton Pirate Captain): Now tell me what you know about Christmas Land.
    • In the review of Jack, when Jack returns to his classroom, the Critic plays the song that the citizens of Halloween Town sing in the film when they discover that Jack is okay.
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    • The review of Alice in Wonderland (2010) references the movie a couple times. In addition, Danny Elfman's song "It's Tim Burton" is a parody of "What's This?".

Western Animation

  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: At one point in "Ed, Edd n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle", Eddy comments, "It's like a nightmare before Christmas."
  • MAD:
    • The sketch "Kitchen Nightmares Before Christmas" spoofs the film. It involves Gordon Ramsay winding up in Halloween Town, where the citizens are having a cooking competition. He even sings a parody of "What's This?" called "What's THAT?!".
    • Jack makes a cameo in the sketch "How I Met Your Mummy".
    • Jack is one of the Jacks that appears in the sketch "Jacks the Giant Slayer".
  • The Critic: The episode "Sherman, Woman and Child" includes a scene where Jay reviews a film called "The Nightmare Before Hanukkah".
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: The show's Halloween special, Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery, begins with a parody of the film, complete with Expies of Jack and Zero.

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