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Nutcracker and the Mouse King, The (Nussknacker und Mausekönig)

Nutcracker and the Mouse King, The
Scene from "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (photo © MC ONE)

Christmas in Czarist Russia, 1900. A spoiled prince lives in a magnificent palace with his magician uncle, Drosselmeier. To test the young prince, Drosselmeier gives him one of two magic nuts. Each one has the power to make a wish come true. Drosselmeier cautions his nephew to treat the nut with great care, as it is extremely powerful. Dismissing his uncle’s warning, the prince carelessly plays with the nut as he muses that life would be much more fun if everyone were a toy. But just at that very moment, he carelessly flicks the nut into the fireplace. In a flash, the prince and his servants are turned into toy nutcrackers that – although their mouths open and close – can no longer move or speak.

The evil mouse king who lives within the palace walls witnesses the metamorphosis and hatches a plot to take over the kingdom. All he needs is the second magic nut.

Drosselmeier persuades Clara, a young girl who is enchanted by the nutcracker prince, to set off on a mission to save the kingdom. She embarks on an adventurous journey to a magical land with rock candy mountains and marshmallow skies, where toys spring to life. As Clara and the nutcracker prince battle the mouse king, the prince learns the true meaning of friendship and the power of love. But will they be able to reverse the magic spell and save the kingdom from tyranny?
Genre Animation
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Directors Tatjana Ilyina, Michael Johnson
Screenplay Ross Helford, Andy Hurst
Martin Kuhnert
Peter Wolf
Producers Sven Ebeling, Hagen Behring
Voices Fred Willard, Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Eric Idle
Production Company Media Cooperation One/Stuttgart, in association with IFA/Zagreb, Infine/Zagreb, Telemagination/London, Argus International/Moscow, Sandstrom/Los Angeles
Runtime 77 min
Format 35 mm, color
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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