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Ahead of the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Disney The Nutcracker and The Four Realms (showing in cinemas in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Egypt cinemas on 1st November 2018), kindly find the below fun facts surrounding the making of the film. As well as information and images which may be of interest:

A Sweet Surprise

  • As regent of Land of Sweets, Sugar Plum Fairy (portrayed by Kiera Knightley) was styled to look as delicious as the realm she oversees
  • Her dress is the color of crystallized sugar and inspired by sugarplums
  • Her hair, which is baby pink and lilac, is designed to resemble candy floss. She even reaches up to her head on occasion in the film to swipe a piece of the cotton candy coiffure for a tasty treat on the run

The Mouse King

  • Filmmakers wanted to create an oversized rodent villain that would be scary without being comical — Cue visual effects and an unexpected style of movement
  • The Mouse King, created entirely in CG, is made up of 60,000 mice who crawl all over his body shape as he moves
  • “Rat king” is a real term that describes a group of rats living in close quarters whose tails become intertwined and bodies caked in mud to form what appears to be a single giant being
  • This version of the Mouse King embraces his current style: jookin, which incorporates slides, glides and toe spins. The end result is a feeling of undulation as the giant CG rodent moves across screen

Ginger Roots

  • Mother Ginger (Portrayed by Helen Mirren) is inspired by a character from the ballet who is from the Land of Sweets
  • Mother Ginger was banished from the rest of the realms and her land is abandoned and in disarray
  • An army of mice report to Mother Ginger, who is considered an evil tyrant interested in ruling all of the realms
  • The character dons a ginger wig, a cracked complexion and a tattered top with trousers—all designed to be slightly piratical
  • Filmmakers took the idea of a giant skirt to new heights, introducing the character as a terrifying giant with a circus-tent skirt
  • Instead of children dancing out from Mother Ginger’s skirt, there are clown-like characters that are left over from the former Land of Amusements, whose title was rescinded by the other regents when Mother Ginger was banished

Tick Tock

  • The idea of time is prominent throughout the story, there are several clocks in Drosselmeyer’s workshop, his crystal grandfather clock required a lot of time and several incarnations before it was finalized
  • There are mini moving parts inside the clock and two miniature weathervane figurines on the balcony of the clock are 4-centimeter versions of Clara and Sugar Plum
  • Many parts were 3D printed and CNC (computer numerical control) cut, there are fully working custom clock mechanisms

Wigging Out

  • While most of the characters in “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” don period wigs in the film, Mackenzie Foy—who portrays Clara in the film—uses her own locks throughout the movie
  • Since Clara is a bit of a tomboy, the styles are all simple—though she does get a slightly more elaborate style for the pageant the regents host in Clara’s honor

Film Synopsis

  • Genre: Fantasy/Action-Adventure
  • Release Date: 1st November 2018 in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Egypt
  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Macfadyen, Helen Mirren, Ellie Bamber, Miranda Hart, Jack Whitehall, Richard E. Grant and Eugenio Derbez
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston
  • Writers: Ashleigh Powell, Tom McCarthy, based on the story ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ by E.T.A Hoffmann

The Nutcracker and The Four Realms takes Clara – and audiences – on an unforgettable adventure, there’s majesty, magic, and mice. The Sugar Plum fairy is most definitely delicious, but this is not the Nutcracker you know. Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. A golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. In that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land.

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