By Tracy Moore,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Low-budget film has dragging plot but teaches acceptance.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
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
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.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
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.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
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.
To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Where to Watch
Videos and Photos
There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.
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?
- On DVD or streaming: November 13, 2012
- Director: Alex Colls
- Studio: Phase 4 Films
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Friendship
- Run time: 82 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Watch
Our Editors Recommend
Books About Friendship
Movies That Promote Teamwork
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate