The Poster For “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Is Here, and We’re Excited

A few weeks ago, Walt Disney Studios released a gorgeous new poster for their upcoming film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and it’s safe to say that it’s got us dancing around our living rooms. (Well, maybe just me). Here’s what the folks at Walt Disney have to say:

When Clara finds herself in a strange and mysterious parallel world that’s home to Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm and its ruling tyrant, Mother Ginger, to return harmony to the unstable world. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” opens in theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.

Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffman and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet The Nutcracker, it tells the story of Clara, who finds a Nutcracker doll and is told by her parents to take care of it. There’s a lot to get excited about with this movie, but a little background first, because how Disney came to this lovely little fairy tale is pretty interesting.

Tchaikovsky, trying to figure out who he’s going to credit for The Nutcracker.

Hoffman’s story is the original, and it’s about a little girl called Marie Stahlbaum. Her Nutcracker doll comes to life at Christmas, defeats the evil Mouse King in battle, and takes her to a magical land populated by dolls. That’s the first version, written in 1816. Then Alexandre Dumas, who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, among others, wrote his own version of the story called The Nutcracker in 1844. In that version, the little girl is called Clara instead of Marie. Then Tchaikovsky wrote a two-act ballet called The Nutcracker based on both Hoffman’s story and Dumas’ adaptation of that story, which premiered in 1892. The movie is based on both. Oh, and there’s a little Fantasia 2000 thrown in here, too. Got all that?

There are a lot of reasons to be excited for this. Any fans of classical music will be listening for Tchaikovsky’s melodies infused with some Disney magic. The cast is fantastic; the film stars Mackenzie Foy (no, she’s not related to the lady who played the Queen), Helen Mirren (she did play the Queen), Keira Knightley (the Pirate King), Morgan Freeman (God), and many, many others. While I’m a fan of the cast as a whole, I’m particularly happy about the involvement of Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife) and Jack Whitehall, who are two of my favourite comedians.

The addition of Misty Copeland confirms that the casting has been on point (ha ha).

My absolute favourite thing about this, though? The casting of Misty Copeland as The Ballerina, who I’m guessing will be the star of the ballet itself as it’s performed inside the movie. Copeland is pretty legendary herself, being the first Black American woman to be chosen as principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history. All of this after starting the profession at the age of 13 – unheard of in ballet circles; it’s considered far too old – and then going on to field professional offers and collect awards like the rest of us breathe air not two years later. A Legend? A Legend.

But that’s not all there is to look forward to. Being a patented Disney movie, there’s bound to be some bops, not least because the score is being handled by James Newton Howard, who’s scored some little films like The Dark Knight and The Hunger Games. Again, being Disney, the animation will be stellar, which we can already see from that beautiful poster. The aesthetic, being based on Tchaikovsky’s ballet, seems to be Imperial Russia, which is nice for those of us who were obsessed with Anastasia when we were kids (I was). And to top it all off, it’s coming out right before Christmas.

Look, nobody’s ever too old for a Disney movie. So I won’t be ashamed to say that I’ll be impatiently awaiting whatever magical realms, dancing dolls, and evil witches they’re going to throw at us this November.

You can check out the poster and the teaser trailer for the film below, and let us know what you think about it in the comments!