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'''Rachel:''' ''(offscreen, singsong)'' Critic, I need to borrow you for our musical number!
'''Rachel:''' ''(offscreen, singsong)'' Critic, I need to borrow you for our musical number!
'''NC:''' ''(sighs, to the camera)'' One second.{{Stub}}
'''NC:''' ''(sighs, to the camera)'' One second.
''(He gets up and leaves. We cut to Malcolm and NC in their characters' outfits slowly running around Tamara/Kevin. Rachel watches this, smiling)''
'''NC and Malcolm:''' ''(singing unenthusiastically)'' We will get you, Kevin, / We will send you to heaven...
'''Malcolm:''' ''(breaks character)'' I'm sorry, was this really written to have lyrics?
'''Rachel:''' ''(sighs, stops the recording on the camera)'' What does it matter?
'''Tamara:''' I say, I feel like the composer might have constructed it to match a little bit better.
'''Rachel:''' Oh, it's fine! For the opening music credits, I just put in the lyrics from the first song in ''[[The Nightmare Before Christmas|Nightmare Before Christmas]]''.
'''NC:''' ''(sings to himself)'' This is Halloween, this is Halloween. Halloween, Halloween... ''(speaks normally)'' Hey, that does match!
'''Rachel:''' So you agree it's a good idea.
'''NC:''' Well, I didn't say ''that''-
'''Rachel:''' Wonderful! I think I got what I need from you here. Continue watching that brilliant version of ''Nutcracker''.
'''Tamara and Malcolm:''' ''(suddenly grab NC by the shoulders)'' Take us with you.
'''NC:''' You don't want this.
'''Malcolm:''' No, you don't want ''this''!
'''Tamara:''' Take us with you! Please! Please!
'''NC:''' ''(desperately slapping Malcolm and Tamara's hands)'' No, no, no, no, just get away! Get away! Ju...just stop it! Stop it!
''(He runs off, leaving Malcolm and Tamara in a troubled state)''
'''Rachel:''' ''(excited)'' All right, who's ready for the cannibal scene?
'''Malcolm:''' Do we actually bite off fingers in this?
'''Rachel:''' Well, not fingers.
''(Malcolm and Tamara lower heads as they realize they are probably gonna be biting off something...lower than fingers. Back to the movie)''{{Stub}}
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The Nutcracker

Nutcracker 2009 nc

December 18, 2018
Running Time
42:13 (Vimeo)
42:29 (YouTube)
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(After the Channel Awesome logo, cold-open on the studio's prop room, which is almost completely empty. Malcolm and Tamara are walking out, each carrying a box)

Malcolm: You know, I'm really gonna miss this place. So many pleasant memories.

Tamara: (confused) Really?

Malcolm: Well... when he didn't cover us in blood. (Tamara stares) That one time. (Tamara nods)

(NC comes out, wearing his Christmas attire and also carrying a box)

NC: You know, I know this is an adjustment, but at the same time, we've grown too big for this place, and there's a spot a lot bigger. We're gonna start off the new year with brand-new ways of torturing you!

Malcolm and Tamara: (deadpan) Yay.

Tamara: Oh, by the way, do you think we'll have time to watch that Christmas special tonight?

Malcolm: Or, at the very least, that one scene?

NC: Of course, we wouldn't miss that. We're just gonna watch it at the new location.

(Suddenly, the doorbell rings, getting everyone's attention)

NC: Now, who could that be?

(NC puts down his box, the contents of which shatter like glass, and he goes over to the front door, holding his wrist in his hand. The door opens and, much to his surprise, who should he see standing before him but... Rachel Tietz! NC screams, and then Rachel screams. They alternate back and forth, and Malcolm and Tamara come out to see what's going on, and they scream, too, when they see who it is. They run up to NC and Rachel, and they all scream and wave their arms around a la Seinfeld's "The Wallet" episode (Elaine's return). Meanwhile, Walter, Heather and Aiyanna all come out, all holding boxes. When they see what's going on, they, too, join in the screaming and waving their arms around, albeit in slight confusion)

Walter: Who is this?

(They stop screaming abruptly)

NC: Oh, uh, sorry. Walter, Heather, Aiyanna, this is Rachel! She used to work with us!

Heather: Oh, um... (She, Walter and Aiyanna start screaming again)

Tamara: The moment is passed.

Heather: Okay.

(They pick up their boxes again and walk off with them)

Malcolm: So, what brought you back to Chicago?

Rachel: Well, I've learned so much in California about movies, storytelling, restraining orders, and I wanted to come back here and see if you guys wanted to help me shoot my special project.

NC: Yeah. What's that?

Rachel: I wanted to do my interpretation of a Christmas classic, Home Alone!

Tamara: Really?

Rachel: I feel like there are so many new directions you can take a story like that, but Hollywood doesn't understand my vision.

NC: (sighs) That's so like them.

Malcolm: Everything has to be the same.

Rachel: So I wanted to see if you guys wanted to help me make it.

NC: Sure! We ought to be out here till the end of December. I guess it's plenty of time to shoot.

Rachel: Oh, wonderful! Now, I have to warn you: my ideas can be a little unconventional.

NC: (chuckles) We welcome unconventional around here. Whatever you have in mind, we are totally with you.

(Cut to...Malcolm dressed like a punk with "666" written on his forhead, and NC not wearing his hat, but dressed in a shirt with sleeves torn off. Both are not looking very pleased)

Rachel: (offscreen) And...action.

Tamara: (offscreen, sounding bored) Oh, no. My name is Kevin McCallister, and my house is being robbed by a satanist and a skinhead.

Malcolm: (to NC) What did California do to her?

(NC shrugs, as if to say, "No goddamn idea". And we come to the opening! After that, we fade to Malcolm and NC, playing their "characters", softly knocking on the door to the closet)

NC: (playing the skinhead) Merry Christmas, little fella. (Cut to Tamara inside the closet mimicking Kevin's famous "hands on cheeks" face) We know that you're in there.

Malcolm: (playing the satanist) I bet you're all alone. And you haven't accepted Satan as your lord and savior.

NC: (breaking the character) Can we cut?

(We're shown Rachel in a classic director attire: hat, glasses, baton and script)

Rachel: Ugh. Cut! What is it, darling?

NC: I'm sorry, I know we're supposed to be evil, but are we really supposed to be...this evil?

Rachel: Oh, I has to go that extra step to make you even more evil.

NC: But I feel like the criminals in the original were evil enough. This just seems like overkill.

Rachel: (chuckling) No, no! The shootout at the end is overkill. This is just breaking and entering.

NC: But don't you feel...dirty filming this?

Rachel: I'll tell you what, Critic. I'll have you watch the movie that inspired me for all of this. Nutcracker in 3D.

Malcolm: (sarcastically smiles) What, does it have Nazis in it?

Rachel: (eagerly) Yes!

(NC and Malcolm stare in bewilderment. The trailer title for the movie is shown, followed by clips. "Waltz of the Flowers" from Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky from The Nutcracker Suite is playing in the background)

Rachel (vo): Directed by world-renowned Andrei Konchalovsky, creator of critically-acclaimed arthouse films like (posters of...) Runaway Train, The Steamroller and the Violin, and Tango & Cash...

NC (vo): I don't think that was an arthouse film.

Rachel (vo): No talking.

NC (vo): Okay.

Rachel (vo): He spent years trying to get this dream project off the ground. He wrote it, directed it, and managed to get 90 million dollars to bring it to the big screen.

Malcolm (vo): How much did it make?

Rachel (vo): (as the Google result of the movie's poor box office, 16.2 million dollars, is shown) That's not important. What's important is this artist got his vision on the screen. Artists are constantly misunderstood when they use anything shocking, but it helps disrobe the system and fight social norms.

Tamara: (goes out of the closet) Oh, I'm sorry. Weird. From the other side of this door, it sounded like he said "Nazis in The Nutcracker".

Rachel: Well, let the Critic go watch the film so he can figure out what I'm going for, while I film another scene with you two.

Tamara: (to NC) Oh, what about the Christmas special?

NC: We'll still watch it tonight. whatever she says.

Rachel: Come on! We're gonna go to the black mass where you're both drenched in blood.

(Malcolm and Tamara sigh in disappointment)

Malcolm: We were just talking about this.

Rachel: Oh, good!

(As Tamara and Malcolm leave, realizing this is hopeless, NC sits in the corner of the studio, back in his Christmas jacket)

NC: Well, let's see what kind of dental work that mouth of madness has. This is Nutcracker in 3D.

(The movie's opening credits begin playing)

NC (vo): To already start out on a confusing note, it's advertised everywhere as Nutcracker in 3D, but in the intro, it's called Nutcracker: The Untold Story. Yeah, it's untold for the same reason Krampus story about shitting a leprechaun is untold. It's insane and scares everyone.

(The film opens in Vienna, showing people outside greeting each other, preparing for the holidays, etc. Next, we're shown the inside of a house where the main character, a girl named Mary (Elle Fanning), lives)

NC (vo): So in 1920s Vienna...that curious time when orchestras took the trolley to work...a young girl named Mary, played by Elle Fanning, is annoyed when her younger brother Max burns one of the ornaments.

Mary: (holding out a burned fairy decoration) You've burned the whole dress. And now you've made me lose my pen. (seeing her father) Father, look at my fairy's new gown.

NC: (as one of the actors) Just to check, we're going with that take? We're going with that take? All right. Yes, dear.

Father (Richard E. Grant): Now, we can't wait any longer.

NC (vo): So their British father is going out with their American mother while they wait for their German uncle...Albert Einstein! In Vienna. He's played by Nathan Lane.

(Just as said, Albert Einstein (Lane) is shown riding in a carriage)

Einstein: (addressing the camera) Such a beautiful city, don't you see? I have the strangest feeling that we are being followed.

NC: Mr. Lane, under the impression that this is a documentary.

Einstein: We are not being followed. Now I'm a little disappointed.

NC (vo): If you think he's like the all-knowing narrator who constantly breaks the fourth wall, he only briefly addresses the audience two other times in the middle of the movie, and it always comes out of nowhere. It's so brief and lacking consistency, it's kind of amazing.

NC: It's like starting off How the Grinch Stole Christmas with...

(The opening to this Chuck Jones special is shown)

NC (vo; imitating Boris Carloff): Every Who down in Whoville loved Christmas a lot. (Beat) Bye. (Car is heard revving up and zooming away)

(Einstein shows up at Mary's house and greets the kids)

Einstein: Merry Christmas! (to the parents) Are you leaving already?

Father: I asked you to be here at five.

NC: (as Einstein) I thought it was Halloween! I came dressed...

NC (vo): Don King!

(A man appears, carrying a sack)

Man: Where d'you want it, boss?

Einstein: By the tree.

(The man brings out a doll house with mechanical toys in it: a chimpanzee, a clown and a Rastafarian drummer. Yes, you read that correctly)

NC (vo): It looks like Uncle Albert has a gift for the kids...ooh, a Hereditary doll house!

Max (Aaron Michael Drozin): (pointing at the clown) Who's the fat guy?

Einstein: Oh, shh! You'll hurt his feelings. That's Tinker. He's very sensitive about his weight.

NC: (as Einstein) He kills anyone who brings it up. You're actually a kid #5 to own him.

(Einstein sits behind the piano and takes out a nutcracker toy for Mary)

NC (vo): Speaking of deathly horrors...

Einstein: The Nutcracker. I call him "NC" for short.

NC: (the Nostalgia Critic, of course) Pfft. What dumb initials.

Einstein: They say he is the most wanted doll in town.

NC (vo; as Einstein): (whispering) Don't look at him too long! (The shot focuses on the Nutcracker's uncanny-looking face) He eats hearts like creamed corn!

Max: (from upstairs) It's just a stupid toy!

Einstein: What is just a toy for you may be a real friend for someone else.

NC: (as Einstein) My wife has a toy that she calls the greatest friend in the world. And I hate it.

NC (vo): And, no joke, he puts lyrics to the Nutcracker music to instruct them about the theory of relativity. (speaking sarcastically) Because I'm sure that was Tchaikovsky's idea when he wrote it.

Einstein: (singing to the tune of "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy", going upstairs) Every point of view is...

Mary and Max: View!

Einstein: (singing) Simply up to you, it's...

Mary and Max: You!

Einstein: (singing) How your dreams come true, it's...

Mary and Max: True!

Einstein: (singing) As real as...

Mary and Max: Who?

Einstein: (singing) Why, you!

NC: Originally, I thought operas and bagels were the worst things to have Einstein's name on it. (The cover for Philip Glass' "Einstein on the Beach" opera and the logo for Einstein Bros. Bagels are shown) Thank you for proving me wrong.

Einstein: (singing) This is that, these are those. / What is real? What's ideal? (As he's singing, Mary and Max are doing really weird dance moves)

NC (vo): What adorable spasms they're having. I'm sure that's protocol for hearing this song.

(The night comes, and Einstein tucks the children into their beds)

Mary: Why don't you come live with us?

Einstein: I'm always with you, dear.

Mary: (turns to her left side) Will you tell us the Nutcracker story?

(As she turns back, Einstein has disappeared without making any sounds. A dramatic sting is put over that moment. Cut to a clip from The Dark Knight)

Commissioner Gordon: (to Harvey Dent, referring to Batman) He does that.

(The Nutcracker comes alive, much to Mary's shock, falls down a shelf and into a pile of pillows, and many feathers burst out)

NC (vo): Hey, if I was him, I'd flee before having to watch what's up next.

(The Nutcracker is now bigger in size and is animated)

Nutcracker (voiced by Shirley Henderson): I can't believe it. You did it.

Mary: What do you mean?

Nutcracker: I mean, I've been waiting for someone who believed like you. You're really special.

NC: (grinning) I'm noticing there's no enchanting music...

NC (vo): ...when this horrifying thing comes to life, but maybe that's because the composer wrote something like this.

(The shot zooms on the living Nutcracker's face as a haunting chorus is heard)

Nutcracker: Please don't call me Nutcracker. I hate that name as well. Call me NC.

NC (vo; as the Nutcracker): Or Soul Stabber, destroyer of good dreams!

(Frau Eva, the house's maid, played by Frances de la Tour, opens the door to see the feathers around the room. The Nutcracker hides behind the door)

NC (vo): The maid hears them and comes up to see what's happening.

Mary: I was fast asleep, dreaming, pillows, well...just... They exploded.

NC: God, I didn't think you can make Padme's acting look like Judi Dench, but the evidence stands before you.

(Frau Eva leaves, closing the door)

Nutcracker: Phew! She would have dropped dead if she saw me.

NC: Anybody would. You're like...

NC (vo): ...Terrance and Phillip if they were Satan's dildos!

Nutcracker: I have to speak to my friends in the doll's house.

Mary: Wait. I have to get dressed first.

Nutcracker: I don't have time!

Mary: (in a slightly posh tone of voice) How ungrateful men can be.

NC: (as one of the actors) Really? No take two on that? Ah, okay. Okay.

(Mary (in her ballroom dress) and the Nutcracker come downstairs and stand in front of the door)

Nutcracker: You might find it a little changed. Are you ready?

NC: (shaking head) I'm not ready for anything with your creepy face staring at me.

NC (vo; as the Nutcracker): (speaking in a demonic voice) I ate your hamster when he weren't looking. He tasted like love.

(They enter the door, and Mary discovers that the hall is different: there is a starry sky instead of ceiling, everything has become bigger, including the doll house, and its three inhabitants are also alive, moving like normal creatures)

NC (vo): So they find the house has changed and everything has become a lot bigger. And even the toys seem to have come to life.

Tinker (Hugh Sachs): This house hasn't been refurbished for 30 years.

Nutcracker: Gielgud...

Gielgud the Chimpanzee (voiced by Alan Cox): Your Highness, I was getting one of my migraines at the time, and I was reduced to this.

NC: (rubbing forehead) You know, I can't believe I'm saying this for the second time in the 11 years I've done this show... Care Bears was more faithful than this!

(Mary and the Nutcracker get inside a cabin to go to the top of the Christmas tree)

Mary: Why do they call you "Your Highness"?

Nutcracker: (hesitating a bit) Oh, uh, real reason. Just something they do.

NC: (as the Nutcracker) Because I'm the King of Pissed Pants when I'm onscreen! You should see the movie theater floors!

Nutcracker: Mary, you're very pretty.

Mary: (giggles, as the Nutcracker looks aside in embarrassment) Why, thank you.

NC: (as the Nutcracker, drumming fingers deviously) I thought about wearing your face as a hat. Is that too forward?

(After they arrive, they meet the ornament that came to life: the Snow Fairy, played by Julia Vysotskaya, who also portrayed the role of Mary's mother. Note: the actress is actually the director's third wife)

NC (vo): They go up the tree to see the Snow Fairy, played by the same woman who played the mother.

Snow Fairy: I want to thank your friend Mary here for my wonderful new gown.

NC (vo; as the Snow Fairy): It burned quite conviniently. You'll see some delicate parts.

(The snowflakes form the people dancing in a circle)

NC (vo): She sees the Dance of the Dandruff, and the fairy says that she can join them.

Mary: But I can't fly.

Snow Fairy: How do you know if you've never tried? Get on with it! Go on! (Mary walks on a tree's branch, trying to balance out)

NC: You know, so this is what the woman...

NC (vo): ...from The Omen saw before she jumped.

Snow Fairy: Get on with it! Go on!

(The clip from the 1976 movie The Omen is shown, showing Damien's first nanny preparing to commit suicide with a smile by hanging herself from a roof of a building)

Nanny: It's all for you!

(Back to The Nutcracker)

Mary: (having jumped off a branch and happily floating with snowflakes) Oh, I can fly! I can fly!

(The conclusion of that scene from The Omen plays out next: Damien's nanny hangs herself, much to the horror of the parents and the servants)

NC (vo): And, once again, they try putting lyrics to the ballet music, and it flows about as well as you'd expect.

Snow Fairy: (singing to the tune of "Waltz of the Flowers") Cucumber cool or more frantic? / Is each day a new beginning? / Have you got a fight worth winning? / You can guess, yes and yes, / For you're special and unique.

(NC hears a door opening)

Rachel: (offscreen, singsong) Critic, I need to borrow you for our musical number!

NC: (sighs, to the camera) One second.

(He gets up and leaves. We cut to Malcolm and NC in their characters' outfits slowly running around Tamara/Kevin. Rachel watches this, smiling)

NC and Malcolm: (singing unenthusiastically) We will get you, Kevin, / We will send you to heaven...

Malcolm: (breaks character) I'm sorry, was this really written to have lyrics?

Rachel: (sighs, stops the recording on the camera) What does it matter?

Tamara: I say, I feel like the composer might have constructed it to match a little bit better.

Rachel: Oh, it's fine! For the opening music credits, I just put in the lyrics from the first song in Nightmare Before Christmas.

NC: (sings to himself) This is Halloween, this is Halloween. Halloween, Halloween... (speaks normally) Hey, that does match!

Rachel: So you agree it's a good idea.

NC: Well, I didn't say that-

Rachel: Wonderful! I think I got what I need from you here. Continue watching that brilliant version of Nutcracker.

Tamara and Malcolm: (suddenly grab NC by the shoulders) Take us with you.

NC: You don't want this.

Malcolm: No, you don't want this!

Tamara: Take us with you! Please! Please!

NC: (desperately slapping Malcolm and Tamara's hands) No, no, no, no, just get away! Get away! Ju...just stop it! Stop it!

(He runs off, leaving Malcolm and Tamara in a troubled state)

Rachel: (excited) All right, who's ready for the cannibal scene?

Malcolm: Do we actually bite off fingers in this?

Rachel: Well, not fingers.

(Malcolm and Tamara lower heads as they realize they are probably gonna be biting off something...lower than fingers. Back to the movie)

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