A Nutcracker Tale is an American animated fantasy-comedy musical film based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann, being co-directed by John Cleese and Eric Idle. It is produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, being released on December 7th, 1997.



When a young girl gets a nutcracker, she gets pulled into a mystical world where the nutcracker is a knight and attempts to stop the Mouse King from conquering the world.

Full plot

The film begins in Germany during Christmas Eve as a young girl is waiting for her godfather to arrive with a nutcracker that he promised that can TBD.

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Voice cast

  • Winona Ryder as Marie Stahlbaum, a young girl who ends up in a fantasy world where any TBD.
  • Adam Sandler as Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer's nephew who was turned into a nutracker and falls in love with Marie, helping her to stop the Mouse King.
  • Eric Idle as the Mouse King, a vicious king of the mice who aims to conquer the world by using a weapon that can turn mice into soldiers.
  • Martin Short as Squeaker, the Mouse King's idiotic henchman who often gets into deep water due to his TBD.
  • Mel Brooks as Herr Drosselmeyer, Marie's mysterious and comedic godfather who gives her TBD.
  • Linda Hamilton as the Sugar Plum Fairy, TBD
  • Michael Douglas as Herr Stahlbaum, Marie's father who TBD.
  • Barbra Streisand as Frau Stahlbaum, Marie's mother who TBD.
  • John Cleese as the Narrator, TBD



Critical reception

Direct-to-video sequel

See TBD.

A direct-to-video sequel was released on TBD 2003. In this sequel, Marie is voiced by Hynden Walch, the Nutcracker by Nolan North and Herr Drosselmeyer by Jim Meskimen, also featuring TBD as the film's main antagonist.


  • Marie: Who are you?
  • Nutcracker: The Nutcracker, baby! What about you?



  • This is Disney's first attempt to produce a more surreal and wacky type of movie similar to the ones made by competitors such as Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon while still keeping the TBD.
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