What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a live-action fantasy from Disney based on the classic Christmas story/ballet about a young girl and her toy nutcracker that comes to life. On Christmas Eve, Clara (Mackenzie Roy) receives a nutcracker from her godfather (Morgan Freeman); at the stroke of midnight, it comes alive, and they're transported to a magical world. There she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightly), Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), the evil Mouse King, and more. Many families will be familiar with the story, but expect some dark elements that could be frightening to young kids, especially since Disney will likely up the fantasy action with intense battle sequences.