The Nutcracker Prince

"Join us in a classic tale of adventure, romance, bravery and a really mean mouse."

An animated romantic fantasy, The Nutcracker Prince was directed by Paul Schibil and was released by Lacewood Productions in collaboration with Warner Bros. Studios. An adaption of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman, this film is centered towards young and old alike with likable and loveable characters and villains that are as fun to hate as they are to watch. This film is based in part on the ballet adaption of The Nutcracker, and therefore most on the soundtrack is music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker Prince is the story of a boy called Hans who is transformed into a nutcracker by mice. The only way for Hans to break the spell is to defeat the evil mouse king and to win the heart of the fair maiden Clara. This film features an all-star cast including Keifer Sutherland as Hans, Megan Follows as Clara, Peter O’Toole as the old soldier Pantaloon, and Peter Boretski as Clara’s eccentric but loving Uncle Drosselmeier.

Clara is sad because her sister has a boyfriend, which causes her to feel left out and lonely. Her spirits are soon lifted, however, when her beloved Uncle Drosselmeier arrives, introduces Clara to Hans the Nutcracker, and tells her about the evil mouse king, his crooked tail and his vow of revenge. Clara is not happy with the ending of the story and later takes Hans up to meet her dolls and is surprised when the mouse king arrives to slay Hans. Clara is able to save Hans but slips on a cannon ball and loses consciousness for the rest of the night. She awakes the next morning and attempts to tell her family about her adventures, but no one except Uncle Dresselmeier believes her tales of the night previous. However, she must rest as the Mouse King has now declared revenge against her for saving Hans, and she must help Hans to defeat him before time runs out.

| 1990 | 1 hr 15 min | 6.9/10
Kiefer Sutherland, Megan Follows, Mike MacDonald, Peter O'Toole
Goodtimes Home Video
Paul Schibli
The Nutcracker Prince
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