The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a 2018 American fantasy adventure film directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston.

Official trailers

Walt Disney Studios on Tuesday, September 04, 2018 released the trailer:
Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms - Final Trailer.

Story intro

In Victorian London, England on Christmas Eve, Mr. Stahlbaum gives his children the Christmas presents his wife Marie had set aside for them before she died. The younger daughter, Clara, receives a handcrafted egg-shaped box, which she is unable to unlock. In the package, she discovers a note from her mother that states that the inside of the egg is all she would ever need. The Stahlbaum family then heads to a Christmas Eve ball, hosted by the children's godfather and skilled engineer Drosselmeyer. Refusing to dance with her father, Clara scurries from the crowd to ask Drosselmeyer how to unlock her egg. He then reveals to Clara that the egg was a creation of his that he gifted to Clara's mother when she was younger, and that her mother's wish was to bestow the gift to her daughter. Returning to the ballroom, where Drosselmeyer announces it being time for the children to receive their gifts, then Clara gets scolded by her father for disobeying him and not dancing with him. They call each other selfish, after which Clara finds her string with her name on it, signifying her gift, and follows it into a forest in a parallel world where she sees the key. Before she can grab it, a mouse snatches it. Unable to reach the mouse, which crosses a frozen-over river, Clara approaches Captain Philip Hoffman the Nutcracker. He leads her across the bridge into the Fourth Realm, but they are unable to obtain the key from the mice. Captain Philip then guides Clara to the palace, where she meets three regents of each land: the Sugar Plum Fairy of the Land of Sweets; Shivers of the Land of Snowflakes, and Hawthorne of the Land of Flowers. They tell Clara that they are at war with the Land of Amusements which they now refer to as "the Fourth Realm".


Mackenzie Foy
Clara Stahlbaum, a young girl
Jayden Fowora-Knight
Captain Philip Hoffman, a nutcracker
Keira Knightley
The Sugar Plum Fairy, the regent of the Land of Sweets
Helen Mirren
Mother Ginger, regent of the Land of Amusements (also known as The Fourth Realm)
Morgan Freeman
Drosselmeyer, Clara's godfather, a skilled engineer
Misty Copeland
The Ballerina Princess, a gifted dancer in the mysterious Four Realms
Eugenio Derbez
Hawthorne, regent of the Land of Flowers
Richard E. Grant
Shiver, regent of the Land of Snowflakes
Matthew Macfadyen
Benjamin Stahlbaum, Clara's father and a widower following the death of his wife Marie
Anna Madeley
Marie Stahlbaum, Clara's late mother
Sergei Polunin
The Sweets Cavalier, a dancer
Ellie Bamber
Louise Stahlbaum, Clara's older sister
Tom Sweet
Fritz Stahlbaum, Clara's younger brother
Jack Whitehall
Harlequin, a guard at The Palace of the Four Realms
Omid Djalili
Cavalier, another guard at The Palace of the Four Realms and Harlequin's cohort
Meera Syal
The Stahlbaum's Cook, a member of staff in the Stahlbaum household
Lil Buck
The Mouse King, ruler of the legion of mice


The film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, B&H Film Distribution, Feelgood Entertainment, Forum Hungary, NOS Audiovisuais, Walt Disney Studios Japan and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on October 29, 2018 (Dolby Theatre), on November 1, 2018 (Germany), on November 2, 2018 (United States, United Kingdom) and on November 30, 2018 (Romania).

The duration of the film is 99 minutes. With a budget of $120 - 133 million, the film grossed over $174 million.

The film had received a "PG" rating.


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms got average rating from critics. The audience dislikes the film either. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website:

Wikipedia: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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