Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms arrives in theaters on November 2nd. Considered to be THE Christmas Movie to watch this year, we’re interested to see how it fares against Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald and Mary Poppins Returns. But what about the Nutcracker story? Will it hold true to the original? What are these four realms and why have we never heard of them before? Here’s everything we know so far about Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie. And all the merchandise we’re seeing pop up in anticipation.
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Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie
Clara (Mackenzie Foy) has been told there is a key that will open a Christmas gift left to her by her late mother. Then a gift from her godfather, Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman) appears. A gold thread that is promised to lead her to this special key.
As Clara follows the thread she is led into another world ( a la Chronicles of Narnia style).
In this new land Clara comes upon a soldier, named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight). Together they begin to figure things out. In true Nutcracker fashion there is also a group of mice. While we imagine there will be a battle, we know nothing of these plans yet. In this story the true villain doesn’t seem to be the Mouse King, or in fact even Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), While it is Mother Ginger’s Realm that needs fixing, we don’t really know who the villain is. So Clara and Phillip venture into the lands to find the precious key.
Throughout the story the Key is the missing piece of the puzzle that will restore harmony to an unsettled world. Or is it Clara? We do not know.
Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms Things To Know
- Clara’s mother has died and she wants nothing more than for her to be there at Christmas.
- Our heroine likes science and is deeply connected to her inventor/ magician/clockmaker godfather Drosselmeyer as a result.
- Clara is true 21st century Disney Princess. Rewritten to be strong, smart, and complex.
- We know the 4 Realms. They are The Land of Flowers, for beauty, The Land of Sweets, for happiness, The Land of Snowflakes, for memory and The Land of Amusement for love.
- Land of Sweets is ruled by The Sugar Plum Fairy.
- Land of Flowers is ruled by Hawthorn.
- Land of Snowflakes is ruled by Shiver.
- The Land of Amusement, the fourth realm, is ruled by Mother Ginger.
- There is a Key to unlock a Christmas gift left by her late mother. Given the way we’ve seen Clara carry around the Faberge-like egg, we assume that may be the gift. But it’s all speculation at this point
- Nothing is as it seems. With clocks, magic, villains and other realms, we can expect lots of plot twists.
- Clara has been brought to this land to help. Clara oversees all four realms, or so it “seems”.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Author: E.T.A Hoffman
Traditionally, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is really quite a simple story. Clara ( named Marie in the original story) is given a nutcracker doll by her godfather. After everyone has gone to bed the Nutcracker comes to life, defeats the evil Mouse King and whisks Clara away to the land of the dolls. In the original story, she marries him and is crowned queen. the ending though, in just about every rendition of this tale, has changed numerous times. Our absolute favorite version of The Nutcracker as a film was one that featured the voice talents of Megan Follows ( of Anne of Green Gables fame) called The Nutcracker Prince. A must-see in our opinion for anyone who loves epic animated features of the 90’s.
The Nutcracker Ballet
In the ballet, The Nutcracker suite is dominated by dance in 2 acts that follows Hoffman’s basic story line. Walt Disney is rumored to have been the one to give Americans their first glimpse into what The Nutcracker would look like set to dancing in Fantasia in 1940. It wasn’t until 1944 that the ballet actually arrived in San Francisco, California.
But quite a few things have changed for this new rendition of The Nutcracker, and there is no shortage of complexity, conflict and Disney everything.
Nutcracker and the Four Realms Story Book
If you’re anxious to read the new story of Clara from Disney you can grab the book here.
Nutcracker and the Four Realms OPI Nail Polish Collection
It’s no secret we go crazy for the holidays. We love the baking, the travel, the decorating, the dressing up and pretty Christmas colors everywhere. So were super excited to see that OPI pulled together a Nutcracker and the Four Realms Nailpolish Collection.
Nutcracker and the Four Realms Disney Dooney and Bourke Collection
Check out the whole collection here. These are limited release, limited time.
Disney Nutcracker and the Four Realms at Shop Disney
Shop Disney has all the official nutcracker gear from cups to clothes to bags.
Disney Nutcracker and the Four Realms Trailer
Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.