George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
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Angels and sugarplums. Candy canes and ice. A magic prince, a dreamy young girl, a mysterious old man and a Christmas tree that grows sky high. Enter the world of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, featuring the New York City Ballet, and let this all-new movie version of a timeless Yuletide fantasy, narrated ny Academy Award(R) winner Kevin Kline, draw you under its spell. Starring Macaulay Caulkin, Darci Kistler and Bart Robinson Cook. Year: 1993 Director: Emile Ardolino Starring: Bart Robinson Cook, Macaulay Caulkin, Darci Kistler, Damian Woetzel
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As an aside, our favourite picture book of the story is the Susan Jeffers "the Nutcracker", as it, too, stays closest to the original tale and has really beautiful pictures. It is a great one to give as a gift, if you are looking.
The other Nutcracker I own is a blutooth edition of the Royal Ballet performing live at The Royal Opera House in Camden Gardens, London. Top-notch ballet performance performed in a magnificent hall. Beautiful transfer to DVD as well. This one is not for beginners, however, and probably won't appeal to many children.
This is a well done ballet with some very good dancing even from the children. Macaulay Caulkin sometimes turns me off with that smirk of his, however. One can tell that these children are well trained, especially the Marie character.
The computer animation is also another turnoff as it lacks the spontaneity of a live performance with audience reaction. It goes down as a spectacle instead of a performance. Of course the music was delightful as usual, but the narration during the action is not needed and is detracting unless this is strictly for children, and they do not buy many ballet DVDs. If you are a parent or grandparent buy this for your children.
So I bought it to watch each year. He danced with the mice.It's a beautiful
version of the Nutcracker. Highly recommend it.