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Date: July 24, 2019
Source: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann


@burningbrightcandleco recently had a sale for a special limited edition candle featuring sights and smells from #theNutcracker! Marissa came to me a while back and asked if I could create a Nutcracker inspired papercraft to adorn the label for this candle and she set me loose into my papercraft playground!
I truly love the aesthetics of the Nutcracker and was so excited to do this for Marissa’s project. It’s so homey and nostalgic. I adore the classic ballet adaptation, but one of my childhood memories is watching this very lesser known 1990’s animated feature “The Nutcracker Prince”. It’s surprisingly well written and entertaining for its demographic; uses the classic music very well against the visuals; and even has some scenes that were animated by veteran Disney animators (in the climax) which are just so emotional and breathtaking against Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux segment (for which this piece is named for). The animation in the beginning is a bit choppy and may deter some, but I insist people give it a chance! I swear, every time I hear Kiefer Sutherland speak in other movies or shows nowadays, my ear perks and I’m only imaging the prince from this film speaking in his stead. 😍✨🧡