Lo A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.
All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world.
It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
The original script underwent many modifications and one of its popular versions tells of a prince who was condemned to become a Nutcracker puppet. To break the curse, the Nutcracker must defeat the Mouse King. The Nutcracker also met Mary Stahlbaum who would help him end the curse.
In the Disney version, they tell of Mary’s descendants, namely Clara Stahlbaum (Mackenzie Foy). In this film, Mary is said to have just died. Clara is the protagonist and Nutcracker (Jayden Fowora-Knight) only appears as a supporting role, so this film should be more suitable to be given a title; Clara and The Four Realms.
The movie is entirely focused on one character, the ‘special snowflake’ Clara. Unlike his two brothers, he got a special gift from his mother in the form of a mysterious goose egg with a keyhole. To open it Clara needed a special key that he would later look for in another world.
Original title The Nutcracker and the Four Realms