Nutcracker Fantasy (1979, JAP/USA) C-82m. SCOPE ** D: Takeo Nakamura. Starring (the voices of) Christopher Lee, Jack Angel, Eva Gabor, Melissa Gilbert, Roddy McDowall, Dick Van Patten. Adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffmann fairy tale about a little girl who lives with her uncle and aunt, both of whom believe in the Ragman, who turns children into mice if they are not in bed by nightfall. And indeed, she meets the queen of mice and enters a magical land through her uncle's clock. Interesting fantasy with music by Tchaikovsky, plot is slightly unfocused, though. Stop-motion animation with puppets is okay. Mainly for Christopher Lee fans, as the man sings here!

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