Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms will be coming to the big screen this fall and delivering a whole new take on the traditional, holiday classic. This new version will give audiences a greater look into the worlds of the Nutcracker than what is seen on stage in a ballet.
Guy Hendrix Dyas, the production designer for Four Realms, wanted to create the realms to be “aesthetically pleasing” with a “logical backbone. Therefore, he designed the world of the Nutcracker to be believable, logical and to utilize as little CGI as possible.
At the center of the Nutcracker’s world is The Palace. Inspired by Russian architecture and splash in highly saturated colors, “You’re not really sure, looking at some of these buildings, whether they are real palaces or toys in the imagination of a child,” said Dyas.
Land of the Flowers
Inspired by southern England villages and Dutch windmills, this realm is home to farmers and beekeepers- the land where all the “primary functions of a society are done”. Dyas loaded up the set with live flowers to get “the perfume in the air” and allow the performers to “really feel the magic of what it must be like to be in a world of flowers.”
Land of Snowflakes
This realm is home to minters, ice producers, and politicians and draws inspiration from 16th-century German villages and a famous Swedish ice hotel. The actress portraying Clara (the main character) described entering this magical set as walking into a “new world”.
Land of Sweets
Inspired by the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Land of Sweets is built from real candy. Drawing inspiration from the board game Candy Land and the Victorian era, Dyas created a work of chocolate tile roofs, nougat walls and stained-glass windows made of boiled sweets. This realm showcases individuals hard at work as it houses the “industrial revolution”
The Fourth Realm
The Fourth Realm was formerly known as the Land of Amusements, the “fun fair and circus center of the world”. However, over many years it has become a “mysterious place” which many are now afraid to visit.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms comes to theatres November 2, 2018.
Source and Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly
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