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The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

PG  |   |  Action, Family, Fantasy  |  8 December 2011 (Hungary)
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Set in 1920s Vienna, this is a tale of a little girl, whose godfather gives her a special doll one Christmas Eve.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Rat Queen / Frau Eva
Aaron Michael Drozin ...
The Snow Fairy (as Yulia Visotskaya)
The Nutcracker (voice)
Daniel Peacock ...
Gielgud (voice)
Hugh Sachs ...
Africa Nile ...
Gnomad (as Jonathan Coyne)


1920s Vienna. Nine-year-old Mary lives in a home filled with lovely things and loneliness. Bothered by bratty brother Max and neglected by well intentioned, but distracted, parents, she yearns for companionship and adventure. On Christmas Eve, Mary's beloved Uncle Albert arrives with the gift of a wooden nutcracker doll. Later that night, Mary's imagination brings the doll to life. Introducing himself as "NC," he takes her on a wondrous journey through a stunning dimension where toys assume human form and everything appears ten times larger. But danger lurks. An army of toothy rat creatures, led by the flamboyant Rat King and his devious mother, has unleashed a plot to overthrow humanity. When NC is captured and placed under a paralytic spell, Mary, Max and a spirited band of toy sidekicks must rescue him from the Rat King's clutches and thwart his wicked plans to 'ratify' the world. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, scary images, action and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 December 2011 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

The Nutcracker: The Untold Story  »

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Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$65,894 (USA) (26 November 2010)


$190,562 (USA) (10 December 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Uncle Albert was hinted throughout the movie to be famous scientist Albert Einstein through references to relativity and even E=mc^2 appearing at one point. This would match up because Albert Einstein was alive at the time of the movie and lived in Germany, very close to Austria. See more »


When Gielgud shows Mary the secret passage through the mirror, he repeatedly touches the glass without leaving any fingerprints although the glass is covered in dust and Mary did leave fingerprints when touching it in an earlier scene. See more »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Care Bears Nutcracker Suite (2014) See more »


The Nutcracker
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Excellent Christmas fare for children
1 November 2011 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Entertaining film for children. I will not allow political prejudices to cloud my feelings about this film. The principal characters and their dialogue is easy to follow for children, costumes are colorful and location/scenery is pleasant. All pluses for children. If you are looking for period ballet sequences, you should not view. Again, this film is most agreeable to children - all my grandchildren enjoyed this film, and have asked to view it more than once. My only regret is that I should have waited until December to allow the young ones to view this Christmas theme.

Don't allow the distraction of others with political agendas to influence your decision to allow children to enjoy this excellent work.

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