Sunday, December 25, 2016

Podcast: The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

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Merry Christmas from Your Stupid Minds! We celebrate the holiday with a middling shelved Hungarian/UK adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s classic, with 2010’s The Nutcracker in 3D! Starring a young Elle Fanning as Mary, John Turturro as The Rat King, and Nathan Lane as Uncle Albert Einstein (yes this actually happened in the movie).

When Uncle Albert brings over a Nutcracker and dollhouse for his niece Mary and hellish toy-destroying Nephew Max (Aaron Michael Drozin), the Nutcracker comes to life, along with the dolls inside the house! Mary travels to a dream world full of Nazi-horrors, as the fascist Rat King has taken over the Nutcracker’s kingdom and genocided all the toys. It’s up to Mary, the Nutcracker, a harlequin clown, a chimp man, and a Rastafarian drummer boy to save the day. Also Sigmund Freud is briefly in the movie.

Some Notes:
  • Apologies for all the Maxes in the world. I tried to defend you but Hollywood just wants to cast you to commit toy hate crimes.
  • Quick note about Nathan Lane vermin-related movies (The Nutcracker in 3D, Stuart Little, Mouse Hunt). The Stuart Little screenplay was written by M. Night Shyamalan.
  • The Rat King's song when he electrocutes a shark.

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