The Nutcracker Prince
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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!
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. (:
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this for my friend, who wanted her daughter to see it. Despite being shipped from the UK, it arrived much more quickly than expected. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Raichael
The first time I saw this movie I was around 10 years old and fell in love with it. I actually prefer this to any other version I've seen. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Veronica Buckland
Love this movie! My dad got this for my children years ago... had to replace it and was able to find it on dvd.Published 9 months ago by PiperAnne
This one of my favorite movies from my childhood. And it still holds up today, it has a few issues, but ultimately I would call it an underrated film. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cameron 0_0