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The Nutcracker 3D: Christmas Movie

Updated on August 6, 2013

The Nutcracker Movie Is a Christmas Classic

The Movie The Nutcracker in 3D brought the Christmas classic to audiences. Set in 1920's Vienna, the story centers around nine year old Mary (Elle Fanning), who lives in a beautiful home but longs for love and attention. Her parents (Richard E. Grant, Yuilya Vysotskaya) love her but are busy, and her brother Max (Aaron Drozin) is a handful. Mary dreams about fun, excitement, and friends.

On Christmas Eve, Mary is given a beautiful, wooden nutcracker doll by her beloved Uncle Albert (Nathan Lane). In the middle of the night, Mary's dreams turn into an amazing journey, as her new doll comes alive. Her doll is the host of the adventure, where everything is larger than life, and toys transform into real beings.

The journey isn't all fun and games, as there are evil creatures in the midst. A rat army, led by the over-the-top Rat King (John Turturro) and his devious mother (Frances de la Tour), reveals their plot to overthrow humanity.

This movie is based on Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, Nutcracker . Combined with eight songs from the famed composer, the movie also features original lyrics, by multi Oscar winner Sir Tim Rice. New dance numbers will be showcased along with a faithful adaptation of the original 1892 'Dance of the Snowflakes', by legendary Russian choreographer Marius Petipa.

Released in the 2010 holiday season, the movie, The Nutcracker in 3D offers a modern mix of the timeless story, The Nutcracker, with Hollywood's spectacular bang: action, stunts, and special effects.

Photo credit: The Nutcracker in 3D, The Movie Insider

"This is a special Christmas Eve for Clara. She is about to receive the gift of a dream."

~ Nutcracker (TV) 1977

The Nutcracker 2010 Movie

Actors in the Movie, The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker in 3D was released in theaters on November 24, 2010.

Directed by:

Andrei Konchalovsky

Running Time:

110 minutes


Elle Fanning ... Mary

Aaron Michael Drozin ... Max

Charlie Rowe ... The Prince

Nathan Lane ... Uncle Albert

Yuliya Vysotskaya ... Mother / Snow Fairy

Frances de la Tour ... Rat Queen / Frau Eva

John Turturro ... The Rat King

Richard E. Grant Richard E. Grant ... Father

Distributed by:

Freestyle Releasing


Family; Drama

Photo of Elle Fanning, as Mary

The Nutcracker Movie 2010 Trailer - Holiday Movie For Families

Do you wish you could get a sneak peak of the holiday movie The Nutcracker 3D before you buy it? Here are Nutcracker movie trailer.

What do you think? There are some well known actors and combined with a timeless story and Hollywood magic.

The Nutcracker 2010 Movie - Nutcracker 3D: The Untold Story

Did you see the movie, The Nutcracker for the 2010 holidays? Here's your chance to own it yourself. A classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker, will bring lots of joy to your family for many holidays to come.

The Nutcracker: The Untold Story
The Nutcracker: The Untold Story

It's a fun, family movie that will bring the Christmas spirit to your family holidays.


"Today king of mice, tonight king of dolls. Tomorrow... king of EVERYTHING!"

~ The Nutcracker Prince 1990

The Nutcracker DVD - The Nutcracker Prince and Other Favorite Movies

The Nutcracker has been adapted into movies, including several, animated Nutcracker movies. One of the most famous is Disney's Fantasia. The 60th Anniversary Special Edition of Fantasia is now available.

Another popular animated movie is Barbie in The Nutcracker. My nieces loved this version. Popular Barbie seems like a perfect character choice for this special Christmas tale. I think adaptations of The Nutcracker told with kids' favorite characters is a great way to introduce the story to them.

The Nutcracker Prince and Tom and Jerry Nutcracker movie are very popular with kids. What do you think? Any favorites on this list?

The Nutcracker Movies and Specials - Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Is One of the Most Famous Versions

Here are some of the popular movie adaptations of The Nutcracker, including The Nutcracker on Ice. The first version had the famous ice skater Dorothy Hamill. Another presentation featured another world famous skater, Oksana Baiul.

The elegance of ice skating is a perfect fit to the beautiful music and dances of The Nutcracker ballet.

Adaptations of The Nutcracker

Own The Nutcracker Ballet For Years of Enjoyment - Buy a Nutcracker Ballet DVD for Your Family

It seems like every few years, a choreographer adapted a version of The Nutcracker ballet for his famed ballet company. Some of the most popular versions are listed.

Our local city has a couple different productions of The Nutcracker. We don't attend them every year, and I think it'd be nice to own The Nutcracker Ballet DVD to watch at home.

Do you have a favorite? Here are some of the most popular performances of The Nutcracker ballet.

The Nutcracker Music

Boost your Christmas spirit by listening to the classic music of The Nutcracker ballet. Choose music from the entire ballet, or choose your favorites, like Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, March, and more.

I love playing music every day, and during the holiday season, I get inspired by listening to beautiful music. These songs will bring the songs of Christmas feelings into your home.

The Nutcracker - Books, Music, & Crafts

The story of The Nutcracker is a family favorite, especially around Christmas. Before the movie arrives, share the story's adventure with your kids.

Enjoy sharing these fun, educational, and interactive books on The Nutcracker for kids. I love the book that lets children put on their own rendition of The Nutcracker, complete with theater and paper doll fold-outs.

I remember friends going to the local ballet of The Nutcracker every Christmas season. I saw a lovely version with my son's elementary school class on a field trip. I haven't been able to visit the ballet every year, but I sure would like to. What about you? Do you watch it on TV or a local venue?

Is The Nutcracker part of your family's holiday tradition?

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      JenniferAkers LM 4 years ago

      @Charito1962: The local productions of The Nutcracker ballet are so magical, aren't they? Thanks for visiting and commenting. I appreciate it, Charito!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I've seen a couple of local productions of The Nutcracker ballet. I never knew there was a movie version. Thanks for sharing.

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      JenniferAkers LM 4 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: I'm in a similar situation. My son is 17 now and not too interested in the story anymore. One of my favorite Nutcracker ballets was the Chocolate Nutcracker, which we were lucky to see at a local theater many years ago.

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      JenniferAkers LM 4 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: That's so funny, Brenda. I know it's an older movie, but I keep the page published in case anyone is looking for a missed Christmas movie. :) Thanks for visiting again.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      Just checked your comments and see that you introduced me to it in 2010, LOL.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      We were always interested in the Nutcracker but as the mom to two young adult men, I'm afraid the tradition has slipped away from us. This movie looks interesting though. I had never heard of it before.

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      JenniferAkers LM 4 years ago

      @AnaGajic LM: One of my favorites too! Thank you for visiting and commenting!

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      Ana 4 years ago

      I love the Nutcracker:) I watched Barbie in The Nutcracker:) Great lens:)

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      ryokomayuka 5 years ago from USA

      I have never seen the ballet. I have seen clips but other than not much.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I will have to come to watch the trailer when I'm on my other computer, I block scripts on the PC. This is a nice lens, would love to see it in 3D. Adding this to Nutcracker Ballet Coloring Books, and I will be back...I love the Nutcracker.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; I've totally missed this movie.