Western Animation / Care Bears Nutcracker Suite

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Care Bears Nutcracker Suite (1988) is the fourth film of the Care Bears. It was aired as a TV special after the third film, The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland, flopped in theatres.

This film is yet another version of The Nutcracker. The film's title is wrong; the term "Nutcracker Suite" properly refers to only the music from the The Nutcracker ballet. This Care Bears film does use the Nutcracker Suite as Background Music.


Care Bears Nutcracker Suite provides examples of:

  • Captain Ersatz:
    • The Rat King is another copy of Beastly. He shares Beastly's voice and general characterization.
    • The Vizier is basically the Wizard from The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland, minus the same voice actor (and only marginally more menacing).
  • Damsel in Distress: The Sugar Plum Fairy is the Vizier's captive for most of the film.
  • Evil Chancellor: The Vizier. He's the Big Bad who wants to take over Toyland and ruin Christmas.
  • Identical Stranger: Seen at the end. Anna's new neighbor Alan is basically an expy of the Nutcracker.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: The toy train runs on candy.
  • Narrator All Along: Miss Walker is revealed at the end to be an adult Anna.
  • Plot Coupon: The Prince's ring. It has the magic power to instantly fix Toyland as soon as the prince takes it back before the Vizier can find it.
  • Portal Network: There appears to be one connecting Toyland with the real world, although exactly what causes the portals to open when and where they do is never explained.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Alan, for the Nutcracker. The ending reveals that he and Anna are still in a relationship as adults, although it's not clear whether they're an Official Couple or Just Friends.
  • The Reveal: The Nutcracker is, of course, the missing Prince of Toyland.
  • Santa Clausmas: The story is about saving Christmas, but no one mentions Jesus.
  • Saving Christmas: If the villain wrecks Toyland, Christmas wil be canceled!
  • Taken for Granite: A variation done with wood rather than stone. This happens to nearly all the Care Bears in the film's climax.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The Vizier is trying to do this - all he needs is the ring that belongs to the rightful ruler of Toyland.

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