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Review: 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' is visually stunning but a little complicated

Review: 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' is visually stunning but a little complicated

Custodian of brands like Pixar and Marvel, Disney certainly knows a thing or two about pre-sold properties. But there is pre-sold and there is “The Nutcracker” during the holiday season.

The ballet performed to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music has introduced generations of youngsters worldwide to classical music and its performances not only keep multiplying but also keep earning money as well. In fact, reports say that the holiday extravaganza can generate anywhere between 40% and 45% of an American company’s annual revenue. That’s a lot of toeshoes.

It’s taken Disney some time to get there, but it has now added this particular chestnut to its cache of family-friendly...

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