- The Nutcracker in 3D
The Nutcracker in 3D
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky Produced by Paul Lowin
Written by Chris Solimine
Based on The Nutcracker by
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Starring Elle Fanning
Frances de la Tour
Aaron Michael Drozin
Music by Eduard Artemiev
Cinematography Mike Southon Editing by Mathieu Bélanger
Distributed by Freestyle Releasing & Cinemarket Films (USA) Release date(s) November 24, 2010 Running time 110 minutes Country Hungary
Language English Budget USD$90,000,000 Box office $14,678,806
The Nutcracker in 3D is a 2010 3D fantasy film adaption of the ballet The Nutcracker, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. The film met with universally negative reviews from critics upon its release, and became a failure at the box office.
Mary's (Elle Fanning) seemingly dull Christmas is suddenly filled with excitement and adventure following the arrival of her Uncle Albert (Nathan Lane), who gives her a Nutcracker as a gift. The Nutcracker comes to life and takes her on a wondrous journey.
- Elle Fanning: Mary
- Charlie Rowe: The Prince
- Shirley Henderson: Voice of the Nutcracker
- Julia Vysotskaya: The Snow Fairy
- Aaron Michael Drozin: Max
- John Turturro: The Rat King
- Frances de la Tour: The Rat Queen
- Nathan Lane: Uncle Albert
- Richard E. Grant: Mary and Max's Father
Director Konchalovsky has stated that The Nutcracker in 3D had been his "dream project" for over 20 years. Konchalovsky was inspired to adapt the film into 3D for several reasons; he believed that the format would be useful in conveying the fantastical nature of the material, capturing the emotions of CGI characters, and appealing to a family audience. At the same time, he opted to adapt the film with no ballet sequences because, according to him, "ballet cannot work in cinema very well."
Konchalovsky gave the rats who try to take over the fantasy kingdom Nazi-like qualities in his production, one of the many elements in the adaptation which alienated both critics and audiences.
The music for the film is derived from Tchaikovsky's original music for The Nutcracker, the composer's ballet version of the E.T.A. Hoffmann story, and lyricist Tim Rice wrote lyrics for it. Many of the songs are based on the ballet's dances. Other songs are based on Tchaikovsky's other compositions, such as his Symphony No. 5.
The Nutcracker in 3D was first screened at the European Film Market on February 5, 2009. The film was shown in Montreal and entered limited release in the United States on November 24, 2010, showing on 42 screens. It was released in Estonia and Russia on January 1, 2011.
The Nutcracker in 3D did not do well at the box office. During the film's US opening weekend it grossed a total of USD $65,944. The film then grossed $195,459 in the United States as well as take in $93,759 overseas, for a total gross of $289,218 USD worldwide. By mid-March 2011, almost 4 months after its initial release, The Nutcracker in 3D had brought in a total of $14,678,806 USD worldwide, making it a box office bomb.
Over $13 million of this sum came from Russia, where its success was due to Konchalovsky's popularity in the region. In all The Nutcracker in 3D has lost approximately $75 million dollars. The film's meager box office earnings can be blamed on mishandling by distributors as well as the extremely negative reviews it has received.[neutrality is disputed]
Upon its non-release in North America The Nutcracker in 3D was widely panned by critics. The film managed a 0% "rotten", or 2.8/10 rating, on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 28 critics' reviews. The site's consensus was: "Misguided, misconceived, and misbegotten on every level, The Nutcracker in 3D is a stunning exercise in astonishing cinematic wrong-headedness."  It achieved a score of 18 out of 100 "overwhelming dislike" on fellow aggregate Metacritic. Metacritic would later rank The Nutcracker in 3D the "Worst Limited Release" film of 2010. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film one out of four stars and asked "From what dark night of the soul emerged the wretched idea for The Nutcracker in 3D?" Ebert went on to claim The Nutcracker in 3D as "One of those rare holiday movies that may send children screaming under their seats." 
Claudia Puig of USA Today accused the film of being "contrived, convoluted, amateurish and tedious," and panned it for lacking any trace of ballet, unlike several previous versions of The Nutcracker. Entertainment Weekly reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the film its only positive review from a professional film critic, awarding it a B+ and remarking "Attention, university film clubs: Here's your cult-ready midnight-movie programming."
Awards and nominations
Awards and nominations Ceremony Award Category Recipients Outcome Metacritic's Best and Worst Films of 2010 None Worst Limited Release Film of 2010 The Nutcracker in 3D Won 31st Golden Raspberry Awards Golden Raspberry Worst Eye Gouging Misuse of 3D n/a Nominated Young Artist Awards 2011 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Elle Fanning Nominated
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