It said on the cover of the DVD, 'an opulent fantasy spectacle for the whole family'. If that extravagant hype raised your expectations for this movie I'm afraid you are in for a big disappointment. The movie is littered with not very subtle overtones of the Third Reich. Rats dressed in quasi German uniforms, the King Rat addressing a rally of rats and long files of refugees being marched off guarded by soldiers to god knows where to mention a few. What you have here is in fact a warped vision of a classic children's Christmas fairytale by the director and screenplay writer, Andrey Konchalovskiy. The wonderful music by Tchaikovsky is ruined with absurd lyrics by Tim Rice. And where in the original tale is a black Jamaican drummer? One not to waste your money on.