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Barbie in The Nutcracker

review by Marc K.

 

Running Time: 78 minutes

Starring the voices of: Kelly Sheridan, Tim Curry, Kirby Morrow

Written by: Linda Engelsiepen and Hilary Hinkle and Rob Hudnut

Directed by: Owen Hurley

 

Studio: Artisan

Retail Price: $14.98

Features: "Living a Ballet Dream" Documentary, Act with Barbie(TM)

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.33:1 Full Frame, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Stereo, Scene Selections

Released: October 23rd, 2001

 

 

Ah, Barbie. Long hailed as something young girls see and then want to emulate, which may or may not be good. This reviewer feels the latter. But if our children aren't allowed to play with plastic dolls with nipple-less breasts, the terrorists have already won! Anywhosil, this is an adaptation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. A very loose one. Without much of the music that made the ballet, well, a ballet, and a lot more acting. It's done entirely in computenmachine CGI, and features choreographed ballet scenes from the NYC Ballet and the performances are by the London Symphony Orchestra. Barbie here plays the role of a girl named Clara, who receives a wooden nutcracker from her aunt. That night, the nutcracker springs to life and wards off the mouse king blah blah blah we all know the story. I'd go on, but there's two types of people -- those who would buy this film and those who wouldn't. If you fall into the first category, this review will not sway you into the latter. If you fall into the latter nothing would.

This film was made for television, it's worth noting. Listen, the flick was made for the kids-- the kids'll dig it. It's tolerable otherwise.

 

 

It looks like it's a directly from digital transfer. Colors are reasonably vivid, no artifacts were seen in this reviewer's viewing (which was mostly at 32x, but...) Video is sometimes blurred.

 

Mostly as one would expect it. Nothing spectacular in either setting. It's crisp, but it isn't something you'd test your equipment on, dig?

 

 

I don't know what the hell the Act with Barbie(TM) thing was. I guess you lipsynch with the characters. I don't know. There's a 'favorite scenes' section with what seems like an audio commentary by Barbie. The documentary is bupkus. The DVD is for the film, not for features.

 

It's Barbie, straight up. It's a Christmas film. That's a pretty limited audience, combined. If you happen to enjoy Barbie and Christmas and Barbie Christmas films, hey, here's a winner. Also, I've got a bridge I'd like to sell you.