Barbie in the Nutcracker
is a 2001 computer animated
and motion capture
-based direct-to-video Barbie
film directed by Owen Hurley. It was the first Barbie film since 1987's Out of this World
. Barbie in the Nutcracker
is the first in the Barbie film series
of computer animated Barbie
films, all of which feature the voice of Kelly Sheridan
as the Barbie protagonist. The story is loosely adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann
's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
and uses music from Tchaikovsky
's ballet The Nutcracker
. The film includes a substantial amount of motion capture
, including dances performed by members of the New York City Ballet
. This was the most successful film in the Barbie series.
The story is being told by Barbie to her little sister Kelly as a way of cheering her up as she is unable to perform a ballet move and is afraid of going onstage.
Clara lives with her stern Grandfather Drosselmeyer and younger brother, Tommy. On Christmas Eve, the family receives a surprise visit from the vivacious Aunt Elizabeth, who comes bearing gifts for her niece and nephew. Clara receives a Nutcracker and Aunt Elizabeth tells her that inside, beats the heart of a prince. Tommy tries to take it to play with it but in the scuffle, he breaks its arm.
Clara manages to fix the Nutcracker and falls asleep near the Christmas tree. She awakes to see her Nutcracker fighting the Mouse King and his mouse army. When Clara tries to help, the Mouse King shrinks her down to his size, though... Read More