Thread: Nutcracker animated movie + live ballet?

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    • 8 years 5 months ago
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    Back in grade school (somewhere from 3rd-5th grade, inclusive), we watched this film in music class. It had the story portion of the nutcracker as animation, but then would shift to live action ballet at certain points. This would have been somewhere from 1984-1987. The film was in english. (There's a russian film similar to this, but I don't think it's the same one.) This was my first, and (to date) only complete, experience with the nutcracker. I liked the movie portion, also liked the music, but the ballet bored me to tears. Every time it switched to the ballet (which, IIRC, was every time the nutcracker came to life to fight the rat guy), I put my head on my desk & took a little nap.

    Does anyone have any idea what version of the nutcracker movie this might be?
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    • 8 years 4 months ago
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    Did the cartoon look like the one in [url=http://www.retrojunk.com/details_articles/8178/]this article[/url] (C.C. : The Nutcracker Prince)? It sounds to me like your teacher edited two different videos together.
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    • 8 years 4 months ago
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    1) The one in that article came out in 1990, the one I saw was shown to us in 1986 at the latest (and looked to be oldish at the time).
    2) This was well before digital/home editting.
    3) The music teacher was not remotely tech-savvy, she could barely press play on the VCR.
    4) The transisitions were seemless (if it had been home-editted in that era, there would have been very distinct breaks where the edits were).


    From what I remember of the story:
    It started out with all the myriad relatives coming to clara/maria's big house in the country to stay for a few days for the holiday celebrations. Clara was getting pushed out & brushed aside by all the other kids & generally ignored by the adults. Eventually uncle drosselmire shows up, is a dark & mysterious figure that tends to get shunned by everyone else. He sits in some chair off in a corner & becons clara over, then gives her the nutcracker. She loves it, but soon one of her boorish male cousins takes it & tries to crack a huge walnut, breaking the nutcracker's jaw in the process. Clara wraps her kerchief around the nutcracker's jaw as a bandage. They all go to bed, leaving the nutcracker in the tree room (one thing that stood out to me at the time was that they had a massive tree in a room all to itself). Clara wanders out of bed later to check on the nutcracker & that's when the magic happens. The nutcracker comes to life, as a live human actor. It is these times of the nutcracker coming to life where it always switches to live action.
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    • 8 years 4 months ago
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    Yeah that does sound like the movie was made that way. Can't say as I've seen it...
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    • 2 months 20 days ago
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    Back in grade school (somewhere from 3rd-5th grade, inclusive), we watched this film in music class. It had the story portion of the nutcracker as animation, but then would shift to live action ballet at certain points. This would have been somewhere from 1984-1987. The film was in english. (There's a russian film similar to this, but I don't think it's the same one.) This was my first, and (to date) only complete, experience with the nutcracker. I liked the movie portion, also liked the music, but the ballet bored me to tears. Every time it switched to the ballet (which, IIRC, was every time the nutcracker came to life to fight the rat guy), I put my head on my desk & took a little nap.

    Does anyone have any idea what version of the nutcracker movie this might be?


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    • 2 months 20 days ago
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    My dream occupation: becoming a beginner level ballerina at Jill Rauscher School of Dance.
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