The Nuttiest Nutcracker (1999)

“The timeless story of “The Nutcracker” told from the perspective of vegetables.”

– Anonymous, IMDB.

The Nuttiest Nutcracker is a 1999 direct-to-video film based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s story The Nutcracker and is brought to us in part by Golden Films. To date, it is their first (and only) 3D animated feature. As with many Golden Films movies, the film features the voices of Debbie Derryberry and Cam Clark. Jim Belushi, Phillys Diller, Jim Cummings, and Tress MacNeille also appear in the film. The Nuttiest Nutcracker was aired on CBS in December of 1999.

Some thoughts from me…
Golden Films never seems to disappoint me. The Nuttiest Nutcracker hits upon that perfect combination of bad story and bad animation that I so dearly love. And to top it all off, it’s also a musical!

I first came across this film on Teletoon, which is a television channel up here in Canada that specializes in cartoons (as the name would suggest). I don’t remember much of that initial viewing experience, good or bad. I presumably just watched it and went on with my night. It’s funny how the years can change things, now that I’ve discovered a love of bad movies The Nuttiest Nutcracker has become a Christmas favourite of mine.

It’s really hard to put into words just how much goes wrong in this film. There’s a general sloppiness to it, likely due to CGI animation still being a new medium in the late 90s. It actually really helps the replay value of this movie, as you can just sit and try and spot all the weird little things that pop up in the background. I’ve personally noticed things like the lighting and character’s hair style changing between shots (sometimes even during a shot!).

Part of the plot revolves around a necklace that the Rat King is trying to steal away from the heroes. Keep an eye on the necklace when the Rat King wears it, it frequently clips into his pot belly. It’s pretty blatant, if I had to give the animators credit they might have animated those scenes as a first pass and intended to go back and fix the clipping, but they might’ve been working with a strict deadline and had to leave it as is.

I would highly recommend this one for a Christmas themed Bad Princess Movie Night. The Nuttiest Nutcracker is sure to keep you laughing through the majority of the film.


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