The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  21 November 1990 (USA)
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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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21 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De notenkraker  »

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$1,781,694 (USA)

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Uncle Drosselmeyer's full name is Edias Christian Drosselmeyer. See more »


When Clara is comforting Pavlova as she's leaving for the Land of the Dolls his collar is gone. In the next shot Pavlova's collar is back. See more »


Mouseking: Salute your martyr!
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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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An unjustly ignored gem
19 January 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Nutcracker Prince was the first (and last) big-screen movie that was helmed by Kevin Gillis and Sheldon Wiseman, the creators of the cartoon series The Raccoons. Along with big names like Megan Follows, Kiefer Sutherland and Peter O'Toole, it also featured many of the voice talents of The Raccoons, such as Len Carlson, Susan Roman, Liz Hanna, Noam Zylberman and Keith Hampshire (who sadly passed away in 2000). Unfortunately, it didn't become the box office success everyone hoped for, and it flopped. This is a shame, because The Nutcracker Prince is a movie that should be seen. It wasn't just a good opportunity for the animators to show their talents, but it was also a triumph of Canadian moviemaking. The music of Tchaikovsky was put to very good use here, and the song "I'll Always Come Back To You" should have been nominated for a Genie (Canada's version of the Oscar) for Best Song.

If you can find a copy of it on video (it's hard to find nowadays), see it. You won't be disappointed.

Rating: ***

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