The Nuttiest Nutcracker

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Silly twist on the classic adds veggies and goofiness.
  • G
  • 1999
  • 48 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Viewers gain some exposure to the Nutcracker story before watching this twist.

Positive Messages

The Nuttiest Nutcracker has positive messages about teamwork, helping others in need, and preserving the spirit of Christmas.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aside from a simplistic bad guy and his army, characters are largely kind and generous and want to do the right thing. Some characters are eager to help those in need, and there's a particular focus on helping those who have not necessarily been nice in the first place.

Violence & Scariness

Very mild peril with fighting between nuts and vegetables, including throwing rocks and a nutcracker/rat sword fight. There's a high-speed chase through a tunnel that ends in an explosion, some near-falls, and a near-drowning in cheese.

Sexy Stuff

Very minor insulting language, such as "dumb." Some crass flatulence jokes.


May inspire interest in the original Nutcracker or various retellings -- and in assorted seasonal merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Nuttiest Nutcracker is a silly retelling of the original story through the perspective of fruits, veggies, and nuts. Here, young teenage girl Marie must help save Christmas (and veggies, fruits, and nuts) from Reginald the Rat King, who wishes to enslave the nuts in his cheese factory and ruin the holiday. There are some crass flatulence jokes, but it's largely a goofy but sweet story about the Christmas spirit. Kids don't necessarily need to know the original story to enjoy this one, but fans of the original who enjoy silliness might appreciate this twist.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCosplaykat December 25, 2020

Not Worth Your Time

Poor animation, bad jokes and rotten script. Their are better Christmas specials to show your kids. Better yet show them a recording of the actual Nutcracker re... Continue reading
Adult Written byheidih1 September 22, 2014

Irritating and poor quality

The cg animation is horribly raw and unfinished, the storyline is forced and the humor is cornier than Orville Redenbacher. Even the problem is stilted (Parent... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bybelieve2004 December 12, 2016


i love this movie

What's the story?

Maria's parents won't be home for Christmas, but her uncle's gift, a nutcracker prince, transports Maria off to a magical dreamland that night in her sleep. There, she meets Reginald the Rat King (voiced by James Belushi), the Sugar Plum Fairy (Phyllis Diller), and an assortment of nuts, fruits, and veggies battling it out for dominance. Maria must help beat the rat army, reclaim the star for the top of the Christmas tree, and save the holiday from Reginald's evil plans.

Is it any good?

THE NUTTIEST NUTCRACKER is not widely available for a reason -- it's a bit cobbled together, only loosely follows the original story, and features dated animation. But kids who enjoy Christmas stories may be enthralled with this battle among fruits, veggies, and nuts, and a rat king who will stop at nothing to win. There are some silly flatulence jokes and lots of veggie army action. Plus, there are some good lessons about helping others and having a good attitude, even when things don't work out as you wish. And, with a resolution about helping those who've hurt you, it's a good message for the season, even if it's unlikely to keep parents all that entertained.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Nutcracker. Have you seen the original story? How are the original and this version different? How are they the same?

  • How does your family get into the spirit of the holidays?

  • Have you ever forgiven someone who was unkind to you? How did it make you feel? How did you work it out?

Movie details

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For kids who love the holidays

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