Artisan Entertainment’s Family Home Entertainment (FHE) division will distribute Barbie in the Nutcracker, the first ever full-length feature film for Mattel’s Barbie brand.
The agreement, which covers the distribution of the direct to video feature in both VHS and DVD formats, marks a truly groundbreaking initiative by Mattel in the diversification of the renowned Barbie brand into the entertainment marketplace. “Barbie in the Nutcracker” is scheduled to hit stores in October 2001.
This modern adaptation of the holiday classic casts Barbie doll in two roles – Clara and the Sugarplum Princess, as she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. It is through this magical experience that Barbie shows girls that with self-reliance and confidence, anything is possible.
Captured on the 75-minute stop motion computer animated video by Mainframe Entertainment, the tale is enhanced with magical dance scenes choreographed by acclaimed choreographer Peter Martins and features the original score by Tchaikovsky. Martins will create the dance sequences performed by five premier dancers from the New York City Ballet and Mainframe Entertainment will then use these real-life images as a basis for bringing the beautiful dance scenes to the screen in a way never seen before.
“Barbie in the Nutcracker” will also have a supporting cast of characters and exciting products. From Barbie as the Sugarplum Princess and Ken as Prince Eric to Kelly and Tommy as their feature characters and an enchanting horse and candy sleigh, girls will have the opportunity to play out the “Barbie in the Nutcracker” story as Barbie dances on her first-ever special ballet stand. Special Barbie sleepwear and a “Barbie in the Nutcracker” Hallmark ornament will also be available. In addition, girls can follow along with the beautifully illustrated “Barbie in the Nutcracker” book featuring the engaging tale that will inspire a new generation of girls and be passed down for generations to come.