Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms reimagines the holiday classic for a new adventure - but does it have a post-credits scene offering any extra magic for viewers? Based on the original short story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" as well as The Nutcracker Ballet, Disney's retelling brings all the classic characters into live-action. The Nutcracker follows Clara (Mackenzie Foy), a young inventor who discovers the Four Realms, a world ruled by her deceased mother. Upon her arrival, Clara learns the realms are in danger, and it's up to her to save the day.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is one of Disney's holiday releases, though it's hitting theaters long before the holiday season actually kicks off with Thanksgiving (when the Mouse House is releasing its animated sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet). Still, directors Joe Johnston and Lasse Hallström have adapted the Christmas classic to live-action and the movie has the potential to be a holiday season hit for Disney. Or, at the very least, fans of the Nutcracker story may turn up to theaters to see this family-friendly reimagining.
Now that Disney's latest is officially out in theaters, viewers may be wondering if they should stick around through the credits for an extra scene. While The Nutcracker and the Four Realms does not have a post-credits scene, the movie does have something fun for viewers throughout the first half of the credits.
In Disney's Nutcracker, Misty Copeland plays a ballerina in the Four Realms who performs the story of how Clara's mother discovered each realm - the Realm of Flowers, the Realm of Snowflakes, the Realm of Sweets and the Realm of Amusements. Then, while the initial portion of the credits role, Copeland has another number in which she dances with a fellow ballerina and another dancer. Given the Nutcracker story's history as a ballet, the credits performance is a welcome addition to Disney's reimagining that honors the beloved ballet and offers more dancing for fans.
Of course, fans of the story may be a little disappointed that there's not post-credits scene, even if it were in the vein of other Disney movies and simply a fun extra scene for viewers. Certainly, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms isn't exactly a franchise-starter considering the source material is limited. So a sequel tease wouldn't make sense. But an extra scene featuring a fan-favorite character or two from the film - like Captain Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight) - might have made for a little extra fun. Still, while The Nutcracker and the Four Realms doesn't have a post-credits scene, its dance sequence featuring Copeland during the first part of the credits is entertaining and fits well with the film.
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) release date: Nov 02, 2018