Is it magic yet?

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 2, 2009

And then there are the usual sugar-plum delights: Drosselmeier giving his on-the-fritz watch to an overjoyed Fritz; Drosselmeier rising like a ghoul out of the owl clock (owls being the enemies of mice); the Mouse King with his scimitar parodying the Turkish Knight from England's St. George and the Dragon mummers' play; the four baby mice parodying Swan Lake's "Dance of the Cygnets" during the battle scene. Maybe the magic is just in knowing where to look.

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