The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Disney’s new holiday feature film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, has been in theaters since November 2nd. This film is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. In this film, we follow Clara as she searches for a special key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. She does not know what the gift is but she is desperate to find the coveted key.
Clara (Mackenzie Foy) is presented with a golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party,and this leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy,
The movie has fantastic costumes and wonderful music but it is not a copycat of the original Nutcracker story we know and love. The film can be very scary/dramatic for young children at times and after our reviewers watched it, they stated they would not recommend it for children under the age of 10. They also want to warn those who have a fear of mice that there is a scene that may become intense as a hoard of mice form a man sized mouse king.
It is also important to note that this is not a ballet or musical so if you are not interested in those types of movies, then you don’t have to worry. There is some original orchestrations from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker but there is also music that is original to the film.
In anticipation of the film’s release, Disney has created wonderful movie posters highlighting each of the characters in the film. Check out these fantastic posters and then watch the movie trailer so you can see what adventures await you when you see The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Plus we have special free, printable coloring sheets featuring the characters of the new Nutcracker and the Four Realms.