Nutcracker Fantasy DVD
About Nutcracker Fantasy DVD
The original stop-motion Sanrio production Nutcracker Fantasy features beautiful photography, lighting, sets, and intricate dolls. They help create a delightful and sometimes dark world complete with the menacing Ragman and a tyrannical two-headed rat queen.
After a young girl, Clara, receives a nutcracker from her enigmatic Uncle Drosselmayer, she finds that her precious present is stolen by thieving rats led by Mauslynx, the double-headed rat queen. To win it back, Clara enters a surreal land through her family's grandfather clock. One of her stops is the Kingdom of Dolls, where she finds the king grieving over his cursed, eternally-asleep daughter, Princess Mary, a doppelganger for Clara herself. She and Franz, the captain of the guards and Mary's suitor, infiltrate the army of rats in a desperate attempt to dethrone the despot!
- Publisher: EASTERN STAR
- Media: DVD
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama, Fantasy
- Themes: Adventure
- Age Rating: ALL
- Run Time: 82
- Year Created: 1979
- Release Date: 8/29/2017
- Dimensional Weight: 0.5
- Region Code: 1
Ratings & Reviews
Dark and haunting with trippy undertones
by Jon Turner -
NUTCRACKER FANTASY is weird, but when you realize it's essentially a Japanese take on the famous E.T.A. Hoffman story, boy is it fun. Don't expect any sights of Christmas trees, sugarplum fairies, or anything holiday related in this retelling. This is a surprisingly dark, and borderline creepy tale effectively rendered with stop-motion animation. Even though the technique is somewhat quaint compared to, say, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS and CORALINE, this movie is still quite amazing to marvel at. It even features a cast of familiar actors who supply the voices for the characters (among them the late Christopher Lee). I first saw this movie on TV a LONG time ago, and it stayed with me for awhile. How gratifying it is to see it brought back into print by Discotek. Hopefully they'll also restore the missing 15 minutes from the U.S. version.
Discotek Grade: Good Japanese presentation, awkward English presentation.
by Jon Turner
This Discotek release of Sanrio's obscure classic is a mixed bag. The good news is the video transfer is extremely good, bettering all VHS copies of this film. The Japanese version, too, is intact, featuring a translated subtitle track, so that fans can for the first time see what they missed out on for the English version.
Unfortunately, Discotek kinda dropped the ball wit the English audio. Although well acted, it's in poor shape, with lots of crackling and static throughout, and there are noticeable places where audio is unexpectedly dropped out. The dub isn't synced correctly to the cuts either; there's one moment at the beginning that happens about 5 seconds ahead of frame! The English credits are beautifully reproduced, but the presentation of the dub could have been much better.
As it is, I recommend this for fans who want to see the uncut Japanese version, as it is at least presented excellently here. It's a shame the dub wasn't given the same treatment.
Uncut Japanese, Great; English Dub... Not So Good
I recently purchased two copies of this because my little sister and I used to watch this all the time when we were little. We'd honestly given up hope that we'd ever see a legal release of it on DVD, so this was an absolute joy for us to stumble over! The uncut Japanese is amazing, almost a completely different story from what we grew up with! The dub, on the other hand... it's a literal mess.
I'm not going to place too much blame on whomever did the editing for the English dub. Copies of the original VHS are rare and expensive, and it's obvious the person trying to sync up the English audio with the Japanese video didn't realize how badly butchered the English dub was.
I give this five stars for the subtitled Japanese. The English dub gets three, mostly because I know the film so well that I couldn't help but laugh at the mess it is.