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The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

An adaption of the classic tale of a girl's dreams turned reality when her new toy turns out to be a young man placed under a curse.



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Complete credited cast:
Clara (voice)
Mike MacDonald ...
Mouseking (voice)
Pantaloon (voice)
Mousequeen (voice)
Peter Boretski ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Len Carlson ...
King / Mouse / Court Attendant / Band Member #2 / Spectator / Soldier (voice)
Marvin Goldhar ...
Mr. Schaeffer / Mouse / Guest #3 / First Guard / Soldier / Band Member #1 / Contestant / Spectator (voice)
Lynne Gorman ...
Trudy (voice)
Keith Hampshire ...
Mouse / Guest / Second Guard / Contestant / Spectator / Soldier (voice)
Elizabeth Hanna ...
Marie / Mrs. Schaeffer / Doll / Guest #4 / Spectator (voice) (as Liz Hanna)
George Merner ...
Dr. Stahlbaum (voice)
Louise (voice)
Christopher Owens ...
Erik (voice)
Mouse / Mrs. Miller / Guest #1 / Doll / Spectator (voice)


Clara is on the verge of gowing up with dreams of traveling the world in the grand ballet. Then, during the anual Christmas party, the mysterious family friend, Drosselmeier, tells her a story about a young man named Hans who rescued a princess under a spell by the Mouse Queen and her whining son. As punishment for his good deed, the Mouse Queen managed to transform Hans into a nutcracker (prince of the dolls) before her death; the same nutcracker Drosselmeier gives to Clara that day. When midnight comes, Clara finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle between the mice and her toys being lead by the confused nutcracker. If the prince of the dolls can defeat the Mouse King and win the hand of a fair maiden, it can break the curse upon him. However, Clara must chose between the dreamworld of her new companion and his adventures or her real world where the dreams and adventures of growing up still await her. Written by Max Vaughn

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


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Release Date:

21 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De notenkraker  »

Box Office


$1,781,694 (USA)

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Nobody knows what happened to Hans's parents. See more »


When Hans gives Princess Pirlipat the Krakatooth Nut his eyes aren't closed. See more »


Nutcracker: The last thing I remember is Princess Pirlipat and.
Marie: We're having a crisis and you're talking about some Princess? You are the Prince of the Dolls, aren't you?
Nutcracker: No, I'm just a.
[catches sight of himself in Marie's mirror and gasps]
Trudy: Please, Nutcracker. There's no one else.
Nutcracker: But I've never fought a.
Trudy: Please!
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Always Come Back To You
(Love Theme from 'The Nutcracker Prince')
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Produced by Shane Keister and Ahmet Ertegun
Performed by Natasha's Brother and Rachele Cappelli
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A Forgotten Great.
8 December 2002 | by (Arizona, USA/Hull, England) – See all my reviews

Okay, even I'll admit that this is not one of the most spectacular animated films even made, but that doesn't take away from how much I love it. The characters are lovable and interesting, even Clara's family keeps our attention. This movie is a wonderful holiday film for all ages, filled with humor, adventure, and a little romance. It was about time the Nutcracker had a back story and a name. And for once he wasn't ten years older than Clara with a beard and cape (a cape that's always there when he's a nutcracker yet rarely there when he comes to life). I enjoyed how Uncle Drosselmeier's story was presented in a more comical style of animation. And it ends the way all children (especially little girls) always wanted it to end.

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