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The Nutcracker Prince (1990)



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Movie Info

Based on E.T.A. Hoffman's classic book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, this animated holiday tale utilizes the vocal talents of such stars as Kiefer Sutherland, Peter O'Toole and Phyllis Diller.


Kiefer Sutherland
as Nutcracker Prince
Mike MacDonald
as Mouse King
Peter Boretski
as Drosselmeier
Phyllis Diller
as Mouse Queen
Peter O'Toole
as Pantaloon
Diane Stapley
as Mr. Stahlbaum
George Merner
as Dr. Stahlbaum
Mona Wasserman
as Princess Perlipat
Susan Roman
as Spectator
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Critic Reviews for The Nutcracker Prince

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

The new, animated Nutcracker Prince brings together Tchaikovsky's music, E. T. A. Hoffman's story and a few glib modern touches to create a muddled and bland version, which isn't the kind of difference it needs.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

A blend of leaden gags, muddled storytelling and Saturday morning-style animation, it's more a holiday threat than a treat.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The level of imagination in the story is about as inventive as on most Saturday morning cartoon shows.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

I'd sooner hear Handel's Messiah played on Tupperware than behold this cheap debacle again.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

After the party, Uncle Drosselmeier tells Clara a fairy tale about an enchanted Nutcracker Prince -- and the animation style changes from Disney-style traditional to an ugly, garish cartoon.

November 21, 1990 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

So-so adaptation has some scary moments for younger kids.

June 19, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Nutcracker Prince

I will admit, I have seen the Nutcracker adaptations including the Barbie version and the Macaulay Culkin version (in which I did enjoy it really), but I think that this animated gem is the most faithful to the E.T.A. Hoffman story and the ballet in which it was based on. I was disappointed by the mixed reviews from the critics on this website who said "the animation was shoddy" and I think that it has some nice background and the colors were so lovely. The character models are fabulous and the Princess Perlipat story was explained quite well in a Looney Tunes-esque style. The voice acting is incredible. Megan Follows did great as Clara with her lovely voice, Phyllis Diller did a good job as the wicked and creepy Mousequeen, Peter O'Toole did great as Pantaloon who was so funny during the movie, Mike McDonald did a fantastic job portraying the funny and frightening Mouseking. Yes, there are some violence in a kids movie and would frighten those who are 8-12, but the action was very intense (I found that character a perfect description from the book since he was the one who had gotten so much abuse from his mother. In fact, I felt sorry for him). Peter Boretski did very good as Uncle Drosselmeier and let's not forget Kiefer Sutherland's amazing performance as Hans/The Nutcracker with just a right tone for the prince. The music is the best aspect throughout the entire film. The sparkling motifs from his beautiful ballet score captured the spirit of the story with emotional moments where Clara decides to go back to her home and grow up instead of staying with the Nutcracker which is heartbroken and her final battle with a dying Mouseking. The Nutcracker Prince is an enjoyable experience for me and I think this would be recommended to Nutcracker fans as not only one of the best Christmas films of all time, but one of the best Nutcracker adaptations to date from the classic 90s.

Gavin Cresswell
Gavin Cresswell

Super Reviewer

WOW, I had no idea that was Keifer Sutherland as the PRINCE! Now I need to watch it again. I haven't seen this film since I was a kid!

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

Super Reviewer


Awesome movie! Nicely done, with nice animation.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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