You start to hear the sounds of the morning, the wind rustling the leaves, the chirping of the birds and that’s when you realize what day it is–Saturday! Cartoons! All week long you’ve been starved of cartoons, and now it is your time to feast! You throw off the covers, shove your feet in your slippers and sprint downstairs!

Grab that big bowl of C-3POs, adjust the antennae and plop down on the floor for your weekly dose of animated fun!

This is Analog Agent Benjamin coming at you this week with…. Nutcracker Fantasy

When you are a kid, you remember seeing an odd animated Christmas special or movie on TV that you never knew the name of, but you would always remember it because it was so weird. For me, that movie was the Nutcracker Fantasy.

The real weird thing about this movie is that while it does look like a Rankin-Bass special (like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” & “The Year without a Santa Claus”), it is not, it was made by a Japanese movie company called Sanrio. But its director, Takeo Nakamura, did worked as an animator on the Rankin-Bass special, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”.

From what I know, this movie has not come out on DVD here in the U.S. yet, and you can only find it on old VHS videos for sell on eBay. But because it’s so rare, the price for it can go anywhere from $60.00 up to $200.00.

Did you ever see or hear of this movie as a kid? Did you think it was too scary to be a Christmas cartoon? What do Nutcrackers have to do with Christmas anyway?