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Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)


Takeo Nakamura


Shintarô Tsuji (story), E.T.A. Hoffmann (story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King") | 2 more credits »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michele Lee ... Narrator (voice)
Melissa Gilbert ... Clara (voice)
Lurene Tuttle ... Aunt Gerda (voice)
Christopher Lee ... Uncle Drosselmeyer / Street Singer / The Puppeteer / The Watchmaker (voice)
Jo Anne Worley ... Queen Morphia (voice)
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Chamberlain / The Poet Wiseman (voice)
Dick Van Patten ... King Goodwin (voice)
Roddy McDowall ... Franz / Fritz (voice)
Mitchel Gardner Mitchel Gardner ... The Indian Wiseman / The Viking Wiseman (voice)
Jack Angel Jack Angel ... The Chinese Wiseman / The Executioner / Gar (voice)
Gene Moss Gene Moss ... Otto Von'Atra / The French Wiseman / Clovis (voice)
Eva Gabor ... Queen of Time (voice)
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ... Mice Voices (voice)
Maxine Fisher Maxine Fisher ... Mice Voices (voice)
Robin Haffner Robin Haffner ... Princess Mary (voice)


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Let Yourself Believe that Once Upon A Time Good Prevailed Where Evil Existed and Puppets Walked Without Strings [us]


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English | Japanese

Release Date:

7 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurumi-wari Ningyou See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby (Japan theatrical release)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first Japanese theatrical movie to be presented in Dolby Stereo. Incidentally, it was generally considered to be the first stop-motion animated feature to be presented in Dolby Stereo as well. See more »


Version of The Nutcracker (2008) See more »


Click Clock Fantasy
Lyrics by Randy Bishop
Sung by Christopher Lee
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Visually Stunning, Dark, and Great Voice Performances
29 August 2004 | by hellbrunnSee all my reviews

Christopher Lee is mesmerizing as Uncle Drosselmeyer- and Watchmaker, the puppeteer, the minstrel... and he sings too! He's an incredible voice actor and he's complimented very well by a still very young Melissa Gilbert as Clara. The film is crafted most artistically... more so than other traditional stop-animation puppets. Nutcracker Fantasy has beautiful photography... use of lighting, color, sets... very complicated and intricate dolls telling the story... The best scenes are the beginning showing the Ragman turning awake little children into mice and stuffing them in his bag... and the first dialogues between Clara and Drosselmeyer. Although all this is great, I am very disappointed with the 70s techno-pop music mixed in with the original Tchaikovsky. The soundtrack is hideous and almost wrecks many of the scenes... that and the cuts of live ballet dancers which are unnecessary. I would like to see a re-cut of this film and have it available on DVD. If it is cleaned up a bit editting-wise and with the original Tchaikovsky restored... wow this would be totally awesome!!!!!

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