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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
(2018)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Conducted by:
Gustavo Dudamel

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Jon Kull
Philip Klein
Peter Boyer

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(October 26th, 2018)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate affable James Newton Howard children's fantasy music even in its less dramatic variants, this score a heartwarming but not particularly memorable attraction.

Avoid it... if you expect truly extensive interpolations of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's original ballet music into Howard's score, only a few of the classic themes adapted satisfyingly outside of the multitudes of straight cameo placements.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,913
WRITTEN 11/28/18
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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: (James Newton Howard) Disney's feature fantasy department struck out for the third time in 2018 with its adaptation of the famous "The Nutcracker" tale, the film widely dissatisfying audiences because of its haphazard plot and wretched dialogue. Expectedly set in Victorian England, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms follows one girl's magical transportation from a challenging home life into a fantasyland of several realms in competition, and the girl is positioned to bring balance to these lands and, no doubt, rule them with all the wisdom of a prepubescent child. Of course, the experience restores her real-world life, too. Is anyone surprised? Director Lasse Hallstrom could not complete the film's extensive rewrites and reshoots, so Joe Johnston agreed to helm a futile salvage operation and the two directors share credit. Part of the problem with this film adaptation is that the historic 1892 ballet version, along with its music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, looms large over this interpretation; many viewers expressed disappointment that there was so little dancing in the film. Likewise, there seems to be a general feeling of discontentment that The Nutcracker and the Four Realms doesn't sufficiently evoke Christmas spirit. An egg-shaped music box remains a central element to the plot, and with it comes an understandable celeste-like atmosphere of light charm. But the entire project was clearly being pulled in too many directions at once, and James Newton Howard's original and adaptation score faced tough challenges to succeed in such a wayward environment. The soundtrack for this film was marked as an "event" by Disney, which advertised Howard's music by throwing in the Tchaikovsky name (although just the last name; the man did, actually, have a full name!), conductor Gustavo Dudamel (who only really conducted part of this score but does have a cameo on screen), pianist Lang Lang for some choice Tchaikovsky renditions (not actually including the piano performances within the meat of the score), and Italian singer Andrea Bocelli and his son, Matteo, whose obligatory, saccharine pop song doesn't have any connection to Howard's or Tchaikovsky's music.



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Average: 3.25 Stars
***** 24 5 Stars
**** 35 4 Stars
*** 44 3 Stars
** 25 2 Stars
* 11 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 66:44
• 1. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2:02)
• 2. Presents From Mother (5:51)
• 3. Drosselmeyer (2:04)
• 4. Clara's New World (4:45)
• 5. Mouserinks (4:12)
• 6. Just a Few Questions (1:46)
• 7. Sugar Plum and Clara (7:42)
• 8. The Fourth Realm (3:01)
• 9. The Polichinelles* (1:13)
• 10. Clara Finds the Key (6:42)
• 11. The Waterfall (3:21)
• 12. The Bridge Fight (2:21)
• 13. Clockwork Mice (1:31)
• 14. The Machine Room Fight (5:19)
• 15. Queen Clara (6:29)
• 16. The Nutcracker Suite - performed by Lang Lang (3:59)
• 17. Fall On Me - performed by Andrea Bocelli and Matteo Bocelli (4:19)
* Not included in the film

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's full name never appears on the packaging, and his last name is included only on the front cover and not the interior credits.
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