The Nutcracker: The Untold Story

2010 PG 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD

The Nutcracker: The Untold Story

2010 PG 1h 48m Blu-ray / DVD
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Young Mary receives a nutcracker for Christmas and enters a fabulous world of adventure. Actually a prince transformed by the evil Rat King, the nutcracker takes Mary to his magical kingdom, where they befriend lively toys and battle rodent invaders.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.35:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
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age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this version of the classic Nutcracker holiday tale bears only a passing resemblance to the famous ballet and story that inspired it. Viewers expecting the whimsy of the original may be downright confused, enraged and -- if they're 8 and under -- frightened. Here, the Rat King is a Hitler-like villain with the desire to burn children's toys and a combative relationship with a dysfunctional mother (she bites his ear out of anger). Other disturbing scenes include a drummer boy (who appears human) whose head is yanked off and tossed around. Soldiers are shown wielding machine guns, and one character smokes a cigar. And the 3-D presentation makes some of the scary parts even more intense.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A man is shown whacking others with a shovel. Machine gun-bearing soldiers roam the streets. The Rat King enjoys taking photos of kids crying after their toys are confiscated and burned; he hangs the pictures on the wall. The Rat Queen bites her son's ear. Soldiers kidnap the Rat King's enemies, some of whom are children, and throw them in a cage. A boy likes to destroy toys. A character uses a man's head to crack a walnut with force.


In one instance it sounds as if the Rat Queen says "whore."

Social Behavior

Many positive messages, including how grown-ups shouldn't lose touch with their whimsical side just because "real life" has overtaken the magic of childhood. Also, that children and their ability to believe in the fantastic have much to teach adults. Plus, that toys are to be cherished and cared for, not trashed and treated as if they have no value.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A talking monkey smokes a cigar.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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