The Nutcrackers

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Low-budget film has dragging plot but teaches acceptance.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 82 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Content is meant to entertain more than educate, though there is some exposure to problem-solving and what it means to be a good friend.

Positive Messages

The Nutcrackers offers positive messages about friendship, with a big focus on being yourself and valuing others precisely for their differences from you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters tend to be either positive or negative and overly simplistic, but their concerns -- about fitting in, about being accepted, about feeling special -- are relatable to preschoolers.

Violence & Scariness

There's some very light, but consistent, slapstick violence, typically involving getting knocked down, run into, or having things fall on the characters' heads, but with no real injury.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Characters say "Oh my god!" several times in some early scenes. There are also a variety of insults thrown at characters for how they dress or how special they are.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Nutcrackers is a film about fitting in that shows some behavior most parents would not want their children to emulate -- a clique of shallow, judgmental sheep who insult the appearance of others and are only concerned with appearances. Such behavior is used to teach lessons about diversity, but parents must make a choice about whether their kids can make this distinction at this age. There's also some iffy language as characters say "Oh my god!" several times in some early scenes, and some very light, but consistent, slapstick violence, typically involving getting knocked down, run into, or having things fall on the characters' heads, but with no real injury.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydean_jd August 24, 2013

So inappropriate

This show was terrible! It should not be rated G or be promoted for kids. The sheep took the Lord's name in vain several times. And they talked about th... Continue reading
Adult Written byJJ66 October 21, 2014

FELT LIKE A BULLET TO THE HEAD

HORRIBLE SHOW ABOUT JUDGING OTHERS AND BEING STUPID
Teen, 14 years old Written byWOLF13 October 22, 2014

SWEARING BRAGGING ABOUT THERE UDDERS YOUR KIDING ME

JJ66 WAS RIGHT THIS SHOW FELT LIKE A BULLET TO THE HEAD IT WAS ABOUT JUDGING OTHERS AND BRAGING ABOUT THERE BODIES AND SWEARING DO NOT WATCH NOT RECOMENDED FOR... Continue reading

What's the story?

Mumu meets a bunch of very special "star" sheep in the park one day on her way to perform for King Tristan. She decides to dress and act just like them to fit in, but when the sheep reach the King's palace, they learn that his plans for them are not what they expected. To get out of this mess, Mumu and her friends must learn some lessons about friendship and accepting people for who they are.

Is it any good?

The animation in THE NUTCRACKERS is low-budget, but it almost pulls off a stop animation feel. The plot is more drawn out than it needs to be, and the use of shallow, mocking sheep may be a bit edgy for the preschool set.

Still, the lessons here do offer some value for preschoolers, who can learn about accepting friends for their differences, not in spite of them. Kids will enjoy the sheep's antics and problem-solving, and parents can appreciate a solid message about what friendship really means.

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fitting in. Have you ever felt you needed to change something about yourself to fit in? What happened?

  • Have you ever felt excluded? How did it make you feel? How did you handle it?

  • It's important to find friends who have things in common with you, but also friends who are different from you. How are your friends like you? How are they different?

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