Disney’s new film The Nutcracker and The Four Realms is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beautiful classic story and “The Nutcracker,”. The film showcases the wondrous journey of Clara, who finds herself in strange and mysterious parallel world that’s a home to Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm and its ruling tyrant, Mother
Ginger, to return harmony to the unstable world. Here’s is 15 The Nutcracker and The Four Realms Activity Sheets.
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Below are a few Fun Facts about Mother Ginger
GINGER ROOTS – Mother Ginger is inspired by a character from the ballet who is from Land of Sweets. Little gingerbread children emerge from her giant gingerbread house skirt to dance before returning to their crinoline condo. The character is quite different in “The Nutcracker in the Four Realms.” Regent of the mysterious Fourth Realm, Mother Ginger was long-ago banished from the rest of the realms and her land is abandoned and in disarray. An army of mice report to Mother Ginger, who is considered an evil tyrant interested in ruling all of the realms.
• Filmmakers took the idea of a giant skirt to new heights, introducing the character as a terrifying giant with a circus-tent skirt. The reality, however, is that Mother Ginger resides within the “giant,” which is actually an elaborate marionette doll that she operates from inside its torso. The marionette itself was created in CG by the visual effects team.
• The Mother Ginger marionette is a giant puppet. She was designed by the art department to be a menacing 40 feet tall, with a 30-foot-wide circus tent for a
skirt. She has elements of steam punk in her design, with CG steam leaking from her pistons and chimney stacks, and has CG hands and arms articulated with cog-based joints. In several shots, there is a huge practical Mother Ginger puppet skirt, torso and head, but for most scenes she is fully CG, built to emulate the practical build used while shooting. Even when practical, she is enhanced with CG steam, mechanical arms and mouth.
• Instead of children dancing out from Mother Ginger’s skirt, there are polichinelles, clown-like characters that are left over from the former Land of Amusements, whose title was rescinded by the other regents when Mother Ginger was banished.
• Portrayed by Helen Mirren, the character dons a ginger wig, a cracked complexion and a tattered top with trousers—all designed to be slightly piratical.