Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)

Sanrio Films
Directed by Takeo Nakamura
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Little Clara's wooden nutcracker toy goes missing in the middle of the night, in the process of being stolen by mice. The next day, possibly delirious with fever, she follows the trail through a grandfather clock and ends up in a giant palace where she meets her doppelganger, a princess. At first mistaken for the other girl, things are soon sorted out and she learns that the real princess has been changed to a mouse and put into a deep sleep for refusing to marry the son of the two-headed mouse queen. Clara seeks help from the Queen of Time, who tells her the way to defeat the evil mouse queen, and win the heart of a young prince. Superior stop motion animation, but the overly confusing plot is hard to follow, and it gets a bit saccharine at times.

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