The Nutcracker Musical Storybook
By Ichiban Entertainment Inc.
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Join Clara and The Nutcracker Prince in a fully animated, Cinematic Storybook Adventure of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker Ballet, combining original artwork by Yoko Tanaka with full symphonic orchestral excerpts of Tchaikovsky's timeless score.
Named one of the "Top Apps of the Year"
The London Times
"The app's most breathtaking component is the lavish artwork hand-painted by Tanaka. Her exquisite use of color and light coupled with her distinctive interpretations of the characters provides a luxuriant feast for the eyes."
Kirkus Reviews, World's Toughest Book Critics
"Visually stunning and the glorious music is seamlessly integrated with the images. This app is a wonderful introduction to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker for any age."
Charles Barker, Principal Conductor, American Ballet Theatre
"Check out the amazing illustrations (really, they will blow your mind)…"
"5/5 Apples. It's an utterly enchanting introduction to a core ballet for music appreciation. Whether you use this app to form a peg that you can later build on with a viewing of the full ballet, or you use it alone, it is really a magical experience that your children will ask to enjoy with you time after time."
"It's a stunning introduction to the story and music of The Nutcracker that can be enjoyed by people of all ages."
"… a gorgeous presentation of the Nutcracker story with lots of animated elements and some light interactivity."
"A spectacular eye candy and a good introduction for children to the story and music of the Nutcracker Ballet."
"I've got to tell listeners about this. It is a terrific app. It's just really beautiful. It's like watching the ballet on your own schedule."
Rich Capparela, Senior Producer & Program Host, KUSC Classical 91.5 FM, Los Angeles
"The developers at Mouse King Media produced a beautiful solution with the Nutcracker Musical Storybook. The story is elegantly illustrated by Yoko Tanaka to enhance Tchaikovsky's symphony orchestral pieces. There are also hidden sounds for young fingers to find on screen. The first time Reina and I read the story, she kept saying, "Wow!" and "Cool!" and, "Baba, Clara must be dreaming." We were particularly enchanted by Tanaka's illustrations for the Waltz of the Flowers."
Christopher Lay, Beijing Kids Online
This app is a fun and educational way to introduce children and adults to the story and music of The Nutcracker Ballet.
Everyone's favorite holiday Nutcracker melodies are included: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Waltz of the Flowers, The Nutcracker March, Russian Trepak, and many many others!
Universal play for all your Apple devices.
25 animated 'Chapters' for the user to experience!
Stream in Movie Mode via AirPlay to your HDTV and sound system for a virtual concert hall experience.
PLAY ON MULTIPLE DEVICES
Universal app so you can download to all of your devices.
SIMPLE USER INTERFACE
Touch right or left top corners to go forward or backwards. Pause and reload chapter on the bottom right and left.
INTERACTIVE SOUND EFFECTS
Touch various objects on the screen to hear special sounds within each Chapter. Try to find them all!
What's New in Version 1.4
Increased stability in newer devices, better performance. Fixed gifting button.
Amazing storytelling by the stunning artwork and music!
Newest version is well done. Not changing my original review. If you’re taking your child to The Nutcracker Ballet - download this before going. She/he will get a great introduction to the story and music. I like that there is no dialogue to interfere with the music.
The original artwork combined with the music creates such a unique experience. Never seen anything like this in a 'kid's' app. I agree with New Yorkbeat - there's nothing even remotely present in the app that would bother a young child. It's completely FAMILY-FRIENDLY. Very sweet and charming. My little girls loved it!
I 'mirrored' the iPad to my Apple TV and used their 'Movie Mode' to let the story run from start to finish on my HD set and sound system. Looked and sounded incredible. So many memorable Christmas tunes from the ballet. Please release the music tracks separately so I can load them on my iPhone!
If you are taking your kids to the Nutcracker or going yourself, get this app. You won't regret it.
I have seen the Nutcracker Suite live, but for those who can't, this is a beautiful way to get the same joy. The combination of art, animation and music bring the Victorian period to life. It filled me with Christmas spirit, even in April! I recommend this not only to people with school aged children in their lives, but adults of all ages who still enjoy a little whimsy in their lives.
Beautiful and great rendition of the Nutcracker Ballet story and music. Artwork seems to be hand-painted and not CGI. My kids love it and keep asking to play the story over and over. Highly recommended for parents and their kids before attending a performance of the ballet.