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The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

Kiefer Sutherland , Megan Follows , Paul Schibli  |  G |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Megan Follows, Peter O'Toole, Mike MacDonald, Phyllis Diller
  • Directors: Paul Schibli
  • Writers: E.T.A. Hoffmann, Patricia Watson
  • Producers: Jake Eberts, Kevin Gillis, Sheldon S. Wiseman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Gaiam - Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0002VEP08
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nutcracker Prince" on IMDb

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Holiday Treat January 1, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
When I was eleven, I remember watching this version of "The Nutcracker" when it first came out on video, and I fell completely in love with it. I agree with the other reviewers about the not so top notch animation ; however the story line was intriguing. It is a bit different when comparing it to Tchaikovsky's ballet. This portrayal of the Christmas classic comes close to E.T.A. Hoffman's book "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." (If you love the "Nutcracker" you should go read it. The best translation is by Ralph Manheim and illustrator by Maurice Sendak. Go check it out!!!) You have the leading character, Clara (Megan Fellows "Anne of Green Gables"), an adolescent girl who wants to hold on to her childhood. Nutcracker (Keiffer Sutherland), a young prince of the toys, who is cursed to live his life as a nutcracker. Uncle Drosselmier (I have no idea who play's this character) who is the instigator of Clara's and Nutcrackers meeting. Also, a handful of colorful supporting characters (the mouse queen played by Phylis Diller) that makes the story a delight to watch. Through out the story they have dance scenes and used Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" music as background music. What I mostly enjoyed in the movie is Clara's struggle to figure out what her true dreams are and whether to live in a fantasy world or face adulthood. The ending also leaves us questioning if Clara's adventures with her Nutcracker Prince was a dream or reality. Older children (as well as adults) will enjoy this movie. What I mean by older children (8 yrs and up) is that there is a bit of fighting and death scenes. Other than that, it's a great movie to watch during the holidays!!!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best animated version of The Nutcracker! November 9, 2005
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After wearing out my old video every Christmas in the 90's, this one took a while to show up on DVD. It was first out in Europe in 2002, so being able to play multi region DVD's, I quickly snatched it up. It was rather low budget, but finally, in 2004, a slightly better quality US version came out!

The incredible music, the vibrant colors, the excellent voice-overs, and of course, the story. A young girl is told by her Grandfather the tale about the wooden nutcracker he gave her as a gift. A boy soldier was turned into wood by the evil Mousequeen, and to become a real boy again, he must defeat the Mouseking.

With the voices of Phyllis Diller, Kiefer Sutherland, Peter O'Toole, and Megan Follows, you just can't go wrong with this cast. An excellent treat, meant to be watched every year!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Xmas Classic December 1, 2003
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Forget what those snobby critics say, this movie is awesome. I saw it years ago on the Disney Channel and loved it, now my family watch it every Christams. I always loved the story of Clara and the Nutcracker but could never get into ballet. Sure ballet is nice to watch for the first several minutes to everything starts looking like it's repeated over and over. This movie has the plot with the Prince turning into the Nutcracker, the battle scene with the Mice and toys and the confrontation with the Nutcracker and the Mouse King (who I think is the best animated character, and Clara's journey into Toy land without all the endless jumping up and down. There is one scene where the Prince and Clara dance in the land of the dolla which is well done with the music too. The ending is great and it should be played every year! I love it so much I wrote a "sequel" which is posted on fanfiction and the director of the movie is going to read it!

So all in all, this movie of the story is the best way also to introduce others to the story of the girl and her nutcracker prince. (:
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Christmas Movie!!! December 8, 2003
By Sara
Format:VHS Tape
I've read some other reviews on the internet, and they said this movie was horrible, but I've never failed to watch it at least twice every Christmas season for every year I've been alive. The most blows are to the animation, but I don't think it's that bad, and come on, it's only 1990. But I fell in love with it the very first time I saw it. I've read the books, seen the ballets, own the soundtrack, and have Nutcrackers of my own. This is a wonderful movie for children and adult alike. It is close to the book, which I think is wonderful. It also has smatterings of humour, which is a nice touch. Drosselmeier was done fabulously, as were all the other characters. A must see for the holidays.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Classic February 27, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
We originally saw this movie on television and my kids fell in love with it. My children have worn out the video we purchased. The music, animation, and of course the story are wonderful! It is a great family video for any time of the year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this movie when I saw it, but did wonder about the differences between it and the ballet. Many years later, I got to read the book (Ralph Manheim and Maurice Sendak) and discovered where it all came from. That made me love it even more! I just can't believe they are making the effort to re-release it on video but not on DVD! Where is the DVD? Please release it on DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Long Live the Mouse King!" April 18, 2010
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Please look past the awful cover and you will find a true gem of an animated movie, with great characters and animation. Produced by now defunct Canadian studio Lacewood Productions, this adaptation of the classic ballet takes a quite different approach to the story than the ballet. This is an exciting, involving story that can be enjoyed on many levels. It's also perfect family viewing; girls will be enthralled by the love story, boys will love the Mouse King. If I am to look past target audiences, though, this film just works amazingly.

The Nutcracker Prince tells of Claire, the young girl of an upper-class rural German speaking home (in which country the story takes place is never made clear). Family friend, "uncle" Drosselmeier, a renowned craftsman, gives Claire a nutcracker at the family's Christmas party. He tells her the story of how a young man was cursed by the evil Mouse Queen for helping a beautiful princess, and that only by defeating her son, the Mouse King, can he become human again. The following two nights, Claire learns that there's more to this story than just fairytale.

Let me make one thing plain; Phyllis Diller's role in this movie is NOT big. The Mouse Queen only appears for about five minutes of the film. It's not fair that her name is on the cover and not the one of Mike MacDonald, the voice of the Mouse King, when he is one of the movie's biggest roles. Because let's face it, the star of this film is the Mouse King. He is vile, repugnant and ugly. Yet in a true demonstration of the power of animation, he is absolutely amazing; a nonstop powerhouse of cruel laughs and evil intentions, quite content on threatening to kill Claire's kitten if she doesn't surrender the Nutcracker to him.
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Published 2 months ago by Consuelo B. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nutcracker Prince
The Nutcracker Prince is none of my childhood movies, i loved the story, characters and the music in it.
It's the best christmas eve movie for children.
Published 4 months ago by Alyah Bin Sheiba
1.0 out of 5 stars Not how i remembered it.
As a kid i loved this movie . as an adult its horrible. Sutherlands voice as the nutcracker is so monotone and emotionless. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Monica Morann
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this DVD
I remember watching this movie with my daughter. Now I will enjoy watching the Nutcracker Prince over again with my grandchildren.
Published 5 months ago by Sandra R
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite good adaptation of "real" Hoffmann story
Anybody (like me) who has actually read the E.T.A. Hoffmann story Nußknacker und Mausekönig will recognize that its period setting, major themes and characters remain... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. S. Templeton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie
I watched this when I was little, and years later managed to track it down. Discovered I still knew the words to the movie even after all these years! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet little Nutcracker film.
Clara, a young girl in the 19th century, receives a nutcracker at her Christmas Eve party that she becomes very attached to. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Monty Moonlight
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