Trivia / The Nutcracker

  • Creator Backlash: Reportedly, Tchaikovsky was none too pleased with the music, which of course proceeded to experience Magnum Opus Dissonance and become his most popular work.
  • Old Shame: Believe it or not, Tchaikovsky actually hated his work here, as related in Fantasia.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: There is a bit of copypasta floating around the Internet claiming, among other things, that in E. T. A. Hoffmann's original story Marie lived in a loveless household, that she was depicted lying in a pool of her own blood after injuring herself, and that her parents punished her for it by locking her in her room until she admitted she'd been naughty. Only the second part is true: Marie breaks the glass in the front of her doll cabinet and slices her arm open, and her mother finds her lying there surrounded by her dolls and passed out from loss of blood. Her worried parents didn't confine her to her room as a punishment, but because she needed to recover from such an injury.note