Set in 1920's Vienna, this a tale of a little girl, whose godfather gives her a special doll one Christmas Eve.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 4.3/10 (1,117 voted)
Critic's Score: 18/100
Stars: Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, John Turturro
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.
Writers: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Chris Solimine
The Rat King
Frances de la Tour
The Rat Queen
Richard E. Grant
The Snow Fairy
(as Yulia Visotskaya)
Aaron Michael Drozin
(as Jonathan Coyne)
Release Date: 23 December 2010
Filming Locations: Budapest, Hungary
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $65,894
(28 November 2010)
(12 December 2010)
Did You Know?
The music for the songs in this film is adapted from the works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who composed the music for the ballet "The Nutcracker".
As Uncle Albert sings the song about the pebble to Father and Mother in the study and the camera moves back and forth the ink smudge on Father's right ring finger changes in size and colour.
Excellent Christmas fare for children
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.