springs to life in 3-D on the giant screen this holiday season
Experience this holiday classic at the
Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater
(Oct. 21, 2002)-No holiday season would be complete without the
story of "The Nutcracker," the classic tale of a young
girl who stumbles into an enchanted kingdom ruled by a wooden
prince. Now, the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater brings
back this classic to Chattanooga, just in time for the holidays.
IMAX Nutcracker" will show Nov. 23 through Jan. 5 at 12 p.m.
and 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. showings on Fridays and Saturdays. This
IMAX film presents E.T.A. Hoffman's classic fairy tale in a way
it's never been seen before - as a contemporary, non-ballet adaptation
of one of the world's most famous fairy tales. Filmed using award-winning
3-D technology, the story is transformed into a colorful extravaganza
of sight and sound.
film moves Imax from its traditional documentary arena to narrative
dramas set against music. With a cast of 150 performers, sumptuous
costumes and complex sets, "The IMAX Nutcracker" is
one of the most elaborate productions ever. IMAX technology places
the audience in the movie with detailed sets and elaborate costumes
the audience will feel they can touch.
in London, the story opens with the annual family visit to Uncle
Drosselmeier's fascinating home.
finds the yearly visit a treat, because Drosselmeier's home is
a treasure house, filled with toys from the past: dolls, jack-in-the-boxes,
music boxes, toy soldiers, Chinese tumblers and marionettes. In
one corner is an exquisite castle made from spun sugar and housed
in a glass case.
to protect it from mice," explains Drosselmeier. "You
can't be too careful about mice."
Drosselmeier presents the family with Christmas gifts, and Clara
receives a wooden nutcracker in the shape of a Hussar. On the
way home Clara's brother, Frederick, snatches the Nutcracker and
throws him onto a frozen pond. As she runs to rescue her beloved
toy, Clara begins to tumble uncontrollably in a flurry of snow.
the snow clears, Clara finds herself in a warmly lit room with
the Nutcracker. Suddenly, the floorboards crack and the Mouse
King appears to lead his mice in a battle against the Nutcracker
and his troops. Clara comes to the rescue by throwing her shawl
over the Mouse King. Blinded and caught in the shawl, he twists
and turns until there is nothing left of him but a heap of shredded
wool on the floor.
defeat of the Mouse King breaks the spell and the Nutcracker is
revealed in his true form - a handsome prince. The prince escorts
Clara to his Sugar Palace where they are welcomed by acrobats,
animals playing instruments and the palace cook, SugarPlum.