Barbie in the Nutcracker

Infobox Film
name = Barbie in the Nutcracker


image_size =
caption = DVD cover
director = Owen Hurley
producer = Jesyca C. Durchin
Jennifer Twiner McCarron
writer = Linda Engelsiepen
Hilary Hinkle
Rob Hudnut (screenplay)
Ruth Handler (characters)
E. T. A. Hoffmann (original story)
narrator =
starring = Kelly Sheridan
Tim Curry
Kirby Morrow
music = Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
editing = Anne Hoerber
distributor = Lions Gate
released = October 23, 2001
runtime = 78 min.
country =
language = English
budget =
gross =
preceded_by =
followed_by = "Barbie as Rapunzel"
website =
amg_id = 1:249237
imdb_id = 0288441

"Barbie in the Nutcracker" is a 2001 computer animated direct-to-video Barbie film directed by Owen Hurley. It is the first Barbie film since 1987's "". Barbie's Nutcracker is the first in the Barbie film series of computer animated Barbie films, all of which feature the voice of Kelly Sheridan as the Barbie protagonist. The story is loosely adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King".

Plot

The story is being told by Barbie to her little sister Kelly as a way of cheering her up after Kelly gives up on her ballet lesson.

Clara lives with her stern Grandfather Drosselmeyer and younger brother, Tommy. On Christmas Eve, the family receives a surprise visit from the vivacious Aunt Drosselmeyer, who comes bearing gifts for her niece and nephew. Clara receives a Nutcracker, but Tommy, jealous that Clara got such a strange gift, tries to take it away and breaks it.

Clara manages to fix the Nutcracker and falls asleep near the Christmas tree. She awakes to see her Nutcracker fighting the Mouse King and his mouse army. When Clara tries to help, the Mouse King shrinks her down to his size, though he is still unable to defeat them and temporarily retreats.

The Nutcracker reveals that he has been enchanted and seeks to find the Sugarplum Princess, the only person who can stop the Mouse King from taking over his world. Following the advice of the wise owl of the grandfather clock, the Nutcracker suggests that Clara follow him, since the Sugarplum Fairy is the only one who can make Clara her original size again. A wooden owl on the clock that has come to life gave Clara a heart-shaped locket from a ballet dancer ornament. This locket has the power to send Clara back home after they find the Sugarplum Fairy. With that, the Nutcracker and Clara set off on their journey.

The two journey into the Land of Sweets, where the locals reveal that the rightful heir to the throne, Prince Eric, has gone missing in the wake of the Mouse King's attempts to conquer the world. Clara quickly figures out that her Nutcracker is the missing prince and he reveals that his irresponsibility is the reason why he was enchanted by the Mouse King in the first place. He knows he must take responsibility for his past actions hopes to redeem himself by finding the Sugarplum Fairy and make things right again.

Joined by the arrogant Major Mint and Captain Candy, the group sets out to find the Sugarplum Fairy and defeat the Mouse King, who is watching and attempting to sabotage them along the way. When Clara is separated from the group, who are all captured by the Mouse King, she ventures alone to the Mouse King's palace to free her friends.

After being freed, the Nutcracker fights a final battle with the Mouse King. Just as the Mouse King seemingly gets an advantage over the Nutcracker, Clara leaps in between them. The Mouse King tries to turn Clara smaller, but the Nutcracker uses his sword to defect the Mouse King's magic back to the Mouse King himself. The Mouse King shrinks into the size of a "real" mouse and flees into the sewers.

Once the Mouse King is defeated, Clara is revealed to be the Sugarplum Princess. Then the Nutcracker's enchantment is broken and he returns to his true form. Clara and Prince Eric, who have fallen in love with one another, dance as the citizens of the Land of Sweets celebrate their victory. However, The shrunken Mouse King makes one final attempt to defeat Clara, He swoops down on Clara upon his bat minion's back and steals the heart shaped locket she wore and opened it. Thus Clara fades away, much to the couple's despair. Fortunately, the Mouse King doesn't enjoy his victory for long, as he fell to the ground (presumably to his death) after his bat minion was knocked out cold by a snowball.

Clara wakes up in the living room where she fell asleep. Disappointed that her adventure was a dream, she greets her grandfather and Aunt Drosselmeyer, who has brought the son of a friend to visit. Clara is surprised and happy to see the young man is actually Eric and the couple happily finish their dance.

The story goes back to Kelly and Barbie. Kelly realises the importance of not giving up and makes one more attempt at the ballet move she just can't do. Kelly and Barbie dances to the music and Kelly finally gets her steps right.

Voice cast

* Kelly Sheridan as Barbie, Clara & Sugarplum Princess
* Kirby Morrow as The Nutcracker Prince / Prince Eric
* Tim Curry as The Mouse King
* Peter Kelamis as Pimm
* Christopher Gaze as Major Mint
* Ian James Corlett as Captain Candy
* Chantal Strand as Kelly
* Kathleen Barr as Aunt Drosselmayer
* French Tickner as Grandfather Drosselmayer
* Alex Doduk as Tommy
* Danny McKinnon as Gingerbread boy
* Britt McKillip as Peppermint girl

Trivia

Both Kelly Sheridan and Kirby Morrow were in InuYasha.

References

External links


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