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Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001)

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Barbie (Kelly Sheridan) shows that if you are kind, clever and brave, anything is possible in this tale of Clara (Kelly Sheridan) and her amazing Nutcracker (Kirby Morrow), who set off on an adventure to find the Sugarplum Princess.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Sheridan ... Barbie / Clara (voice)
Kirby Morrow ... Nutcracker / Prince Eric (voice)
Tim Curry ... Mouse King (voice)
Peter Kelamis ... Pimm (voice)
Christopher Gaze Christopher Gaze ... Major Mint (voice)
Ian James Corlett ... Captain Candy (voice)
French Tickner French Tickner ... Grandfather Drosselmayer (voice)
Kathleen Barr Kathleen Barr ... Aunt Drosselmayer / Owl (voice)
Cathy Weseluck ... Maid (voice)
Alex Doduk Alex Doduk ... Tommy (voice)
Chantal Strand ... Kelly (voice)
Britt McKillip ... Peppermint Girl (voice) (as Britt Mckillip)
Danny McKinnon Danny McKinnon ... Gingerbread Boy (voice) (as Danny Mckinnon)
Shona Galbraith Shona Galbraith ... Voice of Faeries (voice)
Charles Askegard Charles Askegard ... New York City Ballet Dancer


In her first movie brimming with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's enchanting music, Barbie (Kelly Sheridan) gives life to the plucky young girl, Clara, as she narrates the fascinating story of the Nutcracker to her younger sister, Kelly (Chantal Strand). When Clara receives a lustrous wooden nutcracker from Aunt Elizabeth Drosselmeyer (Kathleen Barr) as a Christmas present, that same night, the magical toy comes to life to protect her from the army of the evil Mouse King (Tim Curry). However, the invader manages to shrink her to toy size. Now, Clara and her defender, the brave Nutcracker (Kirby Morrow), embark on a marvellous adventure, in search of the beautiful Sugarplum Princess - the only one capable of breaking the spell. Can a dash of valor help Clara thwart the King's plans? Written by Nick Riganas

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Barbie kicks her shoe at the Mouse King's head, then as she gets down from the mantelpiece, it is back on her foot with no sign of her having retrieved it. See more »


Nutcracker: Get down!
[He looks]
Nutcracker: Oh! It's just children.
[a snow ball hits him]
Clara: Heh.
Clara: [giggles]
Nutcracker: With incredibly good aim!
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Alternate Versions

A 60 minute TV Version was produced. See more »


Version of The Nutcracker (1964) See more »


The Nutcracker
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played by London Symphony Orchestra
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A 20-year-old male's opinion...

As I sat through this movie with my girlfriend and her nieces, I became gradually aware of how this film succeeds: it's invincible. Completely critic-proof. What can I say against this movie, exactly? Whine about how I don't like Barbie?

It's basically a modernized (and nauseatingly politically correct) take on The Nutcracker, throwing Barbie into one of the lead roles for pretty much no reason (unless you count bankability). Of course, it's a kids' flick, and relies on sparse, simple dialogue and spare editing to convey the action. It definitely works well; the girls ate it up and came back for seconds.

This is a rather interesting computer-animated movie. While it's noticeably lower-budget than Toy Story and Shrek, the visuals have a sort of subtle charm. The vast landscapes are quietly serene and beautiful without becoming overwhelming. Sometimes the motion-captured characters are placed against a flat 2D background, giving one severe flashbacks to the early days of the Playstation.

Bottom line: If you're a girl age four to ten, you'll likely enjoy every minute. Barbie's voice actress and Tim Curry as the Rat King are worth noting.

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2 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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