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The Nutcracker and the Magic Flute

By Jennifer Borget, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Charming adaptation has some peril and mild scares.

Movie PG 2022 90 minutes
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The Nutcracker and the Magic Flute takes a familiar tale with an enchanted nutcracker and gives it an interesting twist. Instead of the nutcracker growing, a young woman shrinks to the size of her toys. Though the computer animation quality feels a decade behind, the talented voice cast and engaging story help make up for it. Though the characters don't burst into song in every scene, there are a handful of musical numbers that keep the story moving along, as do the comedic animal sidekicks.

The magical adventure has charming characters with captivating traits, such as a ram who happens to look and sound a lot like Elvis. The story moves along at a decent pace and with a runtime of an hour and a half, will likely keep the intended younger audience entertained. It also has enough humor and appeal so that the adults in the room may be willing to tolerate yet another Nutcracker story with a somewhat predictable ending.

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