- Alternative Character Interpretation: Whether the Mouse King is a Jerkass Woobie or not. Hints of his possibly being so are his return of Clara's slipper to Clara the next night, hinting some hint of (somewhat perhaps grudging) kindness, which shows a small displaying hint of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. While he does threaten Clara's kitten later on, it is slightly justified when Clara offered him some chocolates (despite first glance at distrusting before she reassured him), she did trap him and crushed his tail in the progress and took that fury out in forcing her to decide.
- Cult Classic: By far one of the better adaptations of the story.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Hans is told by the King that he and Drosselmeier have 24 hours to find a cure for Princess Perlipat's ailment.
- Jerkass Woobie: Not everyone believe this, but the Mouse King, out of all people, may fit into this. He was abused by his mother, had his tail crushed many times, and even though he considers Clara his enemy, he still gave back the slipper when he could have just gone to the Nutcracker in sleep mode instead.
- Moral Event Horizon: When the Mouse King threatens to kill Clara's kitten if she doesn't hand over the Nutcracker.
- What an Idiot!: The royal family don't notice the Mouse Queen transforming Hans into a nutcracker and just assume that he was a nutcracker right from the start and that Drosselmeier was trying to con them in some way.
- An earlier example would be the king decreeing that the noblemen who attempt to cure his princess can't wear boots when they crack open the Krakatooth nut with their teeth, even though he was told that the nut had to be cracked open by a a man who has never worn boots.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: After being stabbed by the Nutcracker, the Mouse King's chest is visibly bleeding. In a kids' movie.
- The Woobie: Hans. He tries to save his uncle, Drosselmeier by breaking the princess' curse in order to save the latter's life. When he does do so, he's cursed into the form of an inanimate nutcracker by the spiteful Mouse Queen, with her son trying to hunt him down for crushing his tail accidentally. He is asleep for years till he's re-awoken to fight the Mouse King, completely unaware of the situation. When he finally defeats him, he's denied Clara's hand in marriage in the Doll Kingdom due to her own dreams. Thankfully, he's revived as a human being at the end of the film.
YMMV / The Nutcracker Prince