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The Nutcracker Prince

4.6 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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NUTCRACKER PRINCE, THE

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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Gaiam - Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B0002VEP08
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nutcracker Prince" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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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! A fun Christmas movie and while not overbearingly filled with classical music, has enough and also enough of a similarity to the original Nutcracker story to be fun for purists too. Plus, Jack Bauer was in it as a kid, and Phyllis Diller is the rat queen. What more could you want?
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By Luvmythings on November 29, 2014
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this is a good movie and my fav to and now I need to buy the dvd of it because VCR is hard to find now these days and my VCR don't play anymore and I be wanna watch this VSH so bad because that how good the movie is to me that i'm willy to even get the dvd of it soon.
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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 mostly intact. Many of the characters' lines, actions, and dilemmas are lifted straight from the original. Well done! Even Tchaikovsky's music written for the famous ballet was not too severely rearranged.

Some melding with the ballet was done, with generally good results. There of course had to be some story trimming here & there, and some sugar-coating to keep the story and action kid-friendly and not too frightening by the sensibilities of the day. Today, 25 years after its production, the PC crowd would probably deem it too violent and threatening--there's weapons like swords & cannons fer gosh sake! Oh the horror! At least Clara is still a scrapper, if not more so than Marie in the original.

The only quibble is that the story has the obligatory "I can't stay in fairyland" resolution that has been plaguing kid-fantasy adaptations since the Baum-to-MGM rewrite of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the like. But it ends well and believably for all that. Highly recommended!

BTW a very few have complained that it might be too intense for toddlers. Well, duh; exercise a little parental guidance. 200 years ago, story-telling had different sensibilities in Germany, and though Hoffmann might have been a little outre, he was not as dark as the Brothers Grimm. Again, this animated version follows Hoffmann's original tale Nutcracker and Mouse-King, NOT the distantly-related popular ballet. Be advised. And sure, for kids 5 years and older might be preferable, in the arms of a loving and comforting parent.
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