Release date:November 24, 2010
(limited; wide release: December 3)
MPAA Rating:PG (for thematic material, scary images, action and brief smoking)
Starring:Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, Frances de la Tour, John Turturro, Richard E. Grant, Yulia Visotskaya, Aaron Michael Drozin
From the imagination of acclaimed Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky, the cherished story of "The Nutcracker" will be brought to life in spectacular 3D this holiday season. "The Nutcracker in 3D" follows nine-year-old Mary (Elle Fanning) whose dull Viennese Christmas is suddenly filled with excitement and adventure following the arrival of her beloved Uncle Albert (Nathan Lane) and his gift of an enchanted nutcracker. On Christmas night, Mary's new friend, The Nutcracker (Charlie Rowe) or "NC," comes to life and takes her on a wondrous journey into his magical world of fairies, sugarplums, and other Christmas toys which come to life. Mary soon realizes that this fantastical kingdom is facing danger from the tyrannical rule of the evil Rat King (John Turturro) and his devious mother (Frances de la Tour). When NC is taken hostage, Mary and her newfound toy friends must uncover the secret of the Rat King to rescue NC and his kingdom. Based on the story that inspired acclaimed Russian composer Piotr Tchaikovsky to create the music for the iconic ballet, the film includes eight exciting new songs penned by Oscar-winning lyricist and librettist Sir Tim Rice ("The Lion King," "Evita," "Jesus Christ Superstar").