Parents' Guide to

The Nuttiest Nutcracker

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Silly twist on the classic adds veggies and goofiness.

Movie G 1999 48 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

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 recorded live. The one from 1977 is really good.
age 4+

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 (Parents late arrival on Christmas eve, therefore Christmas is suddenly dumb and pointless). I stomached watching it one time hoping it would improve, but it only got worse and the conclusion was sadly lacking. My advice, if you MUST let your children watch this movie, make sure you're in the other end of the house with earplugs and a blindfold.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

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.

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