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The Nutcracker Sweet

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Quirky animated version of classic; some jeopardy, scares.

Movie NR 2015 80 minutes
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Original animation, Tchaikovsky's classic score, and clever comic moments overcome an often-confusing story. Though their efforts were earnest in choosing to adapt the 1816 version of the tale, the filmmakers simply could not manage the challenges that the complex source material set before them. The story moves from the children's household to a brief narration (which uses alternate animation and then completely disappears) to a magic door and finally to a land of sweet wonder -- giant gumdrops, eerie trees, comic mice, evil mice, cookies, and swashbuckling battles. Amid the comic jeopardy (for example, a little boy careening on a giant snowball and a mouse humorously choking on a small pinecone), there are enough scares and scary images (for example, the menacing face and tone of the Mouse King) to make this best for kids who are fully comfortable with cartoon violence.

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