The Nutcracker and the Mouse King


  • The Nutcracker (Histoire d'un casse-noisette, 1844) is a retelling by Alexandre Dumas, père of the Hoffmann tale, nearly identical in plot. This was the version used as the basis for the Tchaikovsky ballet The Nutcracker, but in the ballet, Marie's name is usually changed to Clara.
  • The story was adapted for BBC Radio in four 30-minute episodes by Brian Sibley, with original music by David Houston and broadcast 27 December to 30 December 2010. It starred Tony Robinson as "The Nutcracker", Edward de Souza as "Drosselmeier", Eric Allen as "The Mouse King" and Angela Shafto as "Mary".
  • The story was issued as a storybook and tape in the Once Upon a Time fairy tale series.
  • It was also adapted, relatively directly, though still quite loosely, into the 1979 stop motion film Nutcracker Fantasy, the traditional animation films Schelkunchik (Russia, 1973) and The Nutcracker Prince (Canada, 1990)[1] and the 2010 film The Nutcracker in 3D.[2]
  • There is a German animated direct-to-video version of the story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, released in 2004, which was dubbed into English for American showings. It uses only a small portion of Tchaikovsky's music and adapts the Hoffmann story very loosely. The English version was the last project of veteran voice actor, Tony Pope, before his death in 2004.
  • The Mickey Mouse Nutcracker is another very loose adaptation of this tale, with Minnie Mouse playing Marie, Mickey playing the Nutcracker, Ludwig Von Drake playing Drosselmeyer, albeit very briefly, and Donald Duck playing the Mouse King.
  • The Enchanted Nutcracker (1961) is a now-forgotten and again very loose made-for-TV adaptation of the tale, written in the style of a Broadway musical, starring Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence. It was shown once as a Christmas special, and never repeated.
  • In 2001, a direct-to-DVD CGI- animated movie, Barbie in the Nutcracker was made by Mattel Entertainment starring Barbie in her first-ever movie. This story is loosely based on the original story and features the voices of Kelly Sheridan as Barbie/Clara/Sugarplum Princess and Kirby Morrow as the Nutcracker/Prince Eric.
  • The Nutcracker (2013), is New Line's live-action version of the story reimagined as a drama with action and a love story. It was directed by Adam Shankman,[3] and written by Darren Lemke.[4]
  • The Nutcracker (TBA), is another upcoming live-action adaptation, produced by Universal, and written by John Mann and Jon Gunn.[5]
  • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale, a 2007 holiday themed animated direct-to-video film produced by Warner Bros. Animation
  • In 2012, Big Fish Games published a computer game Christmas Stories: The Nutcracker loosely inspired by the story.
  • Care Bears Nutcracker Suite is slightly based on the story.

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