Wife: “Look, there are eight different versions of the Nutcracker this year! Surely you’ll like one of them.”
Me: “You are so missing the point.” I don’t think she was including the ones being broadcast on PBS and the local access channels.
Is there any version of the Nutcracker that I would enjoy? Not sure. Maybe if it used characters from E.E. “Doc” Smith galaxy-bashers, or perhaps really dark fantasy (the Nyrlathotepcracker?). Or, if animated, if many, many smurfs were annilhilated. But on the whole, I think that traditional stories like this should get the Disney treatment from time to time: Be put on the shelf for thirty years, then brought back as nostalgia pieces and indoctrination for new crops of kids.