Posted: July 05, 2002
An Excellent work of Art
Nutcracker Fantasy is a classic that can be enjoyed of all ages. I first saw the movie when I was 5 years of age. My parents had recorded it for me from television. My father recorded over the tape, and I haven't seen the movie in 11 years. After years of searching for the movie, I found it on Ebay. The movie brought back wonderful memories and has become my favorite movie of all time.
The story begins with Clara has a grown women, telling the story. She tells about the evil Ragman. She explains that he walks the town of Mindon, searching for children who are awake past their bedtime. The story then goes to Clara and her Aunt Geirda in the bedroom in which she is staying. Clara's uncle Drosselmyer gives her a nutcracker doll with bright orange hair and buck teeth. Clara immediatly falls in love with the doll, and insists she sleeps with it. She awakes in the middle of the night to mice who have stolen her doll. She follows the mice downstairs. When she retrieves her doll she is confronted by the evil two-headed mouse Queen Morphia. The mouse queen demands the doll and Clara falls asleep. She awakes back in her bed with a terrible headache. She falls into a deep sleep and finds herself downstairs of her house. She finds herself in a castle that belongs to King Goodwin. His daughter, Mary, is a look alike of Clara. Princess Mary is under a sleeping spell casted by Queen Morphia. Clara searches for a cure for Mary. She also falls in love with Franz, the noble soldier of King Goodwin. The rest of the story you must see for yourself.
When I first saw the movie, I noticed that it is excellent claymation for the 1970's. The animation is great, and the characters move well. I noticed a couple of errors in animation. Overall, I would say animation was terrific.
The music was my favorite. The director added ballet to the movie and wonderful music. The music is clear, engergizing, and uplifting, yet graceful at the same time. The music does not sound old, or have any bumbs or interruptions, as well.
As for the story, the story keeps you guessing the whole story. It is a story filled with several emotions. It is a sweet story that every fantasy movie lover would love. The movie is excellent for children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults. I strongly recommend this movie!
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