It is Christmas Eve and the Silberhaus family is having a party. Suddenly, in the midst of the festivities, a strange gentleman arrives. He is Uncle Drosselmeyer, the godfather of young Clara Silberhaus. He entertains the guests with gifts that he has brought. Among them are three life-size dancing dolls and a Nutcracker especially for Clara. The Nutcracker resembles a soldier with a very large mouth for cracking nuts. Clara loves the toy immediately. When the party is over and her family has gone to bed, Clara sneaks back into the parlor......