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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.


Paul Schibli


E.T.A. Hoffmann (story "The Nutcracker and The Mouseking"), Patricia Watson
1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Nutcracker Prince (voice)
Megan Follows ... Clara (voice)
Mike MacDonald Mike MacDonald ... Mouseking (voice)
Peter O'Toole ... Pantaloon (voice)
Phyllis Diller ... Mousequeen (voice)
Peter Boretski ... Uncle Drosselmeier (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Len Carlson Len Carlson ... King / Mouse / Court Attendant / Band Member #2 / Spectator / Soldier (voice)
Marvin Goldhar Marvin Goldhar ... Mr. Schaeffer / Mouse / Guest #3 / First Guard / Soldier / Band Member #1 / Contestant / Spectator (voice)
Lynne Gorman ... Trudy (voice)
Keith Hampshire 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 George Merner ... Dr. Stahlbaum (voice)
Stephanie Morgenstern ... Louise (voice)
Christopher Owens Christopher Owens ... Erik (voice)
Susan Roman ... 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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The timeless holiday story set in Toyland. See more »


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Did You Know?


Was the first production from both Lacewood Productions and Hinton Animation Studios to be released theatrically. See more »


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


Pantaloon: Heaven take my bones. England keep my soul?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature sketches of some scenes from the film, displayed as framed pictures against a brown background before the last one segues to the film's first shot as to begin the story. See more »

Alternate Versions

The end credits in the international Majestic Films/Allied Filmmakers prints have credits for Majestic Films International and Allied Filmmakers along with Jake Eberts as an executive producer. The American print by Warner Bros. doesn't have the credits for these three. See more »


Version of The Nutcracker (1965) See more »


The Nutcracker
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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User Reviews

A Forgotten Great.
8 December 2002 | by maxvaughnSee 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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English | French | Japanese

Release Date:

21 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De notenkraker See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$908,999, 25 November 1990

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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