|“||Meddling human, towering tall, let my scepter shrink you small!||„|
|~ Mouse King who was about to shrink Clara.|
|“||I absolutely despise happy endings!||„|
|~ Mouse King as he flying towards Clara and Eric on his minion, Pimm.|
The Mouse King is the main antagonist in the 2001 animated film, Barbie in the Nutcracker. He first appears in Clara's parlor.
He was voiced by Tim Curry, who also played Philippe in Barbie and The Three Musketeers, Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pennywise in IT, Ben Ravencroft in Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, Maestro Forte in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Billy Flynn in Criminal Minds, Lord of Darkness in Legend, Kilokahn in Super Human Samurai Syber-Squad, Drake in The Pebble and the Penguin, King Chicken in Duckman, Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island, Belial in The Legend of Atlantis, Hexxus in FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Farley Claymore in The Shadow, Thaddeus E. Klang in TaleSpin, General Von Talon in Valiant, Professor Calamitous in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Taurus Bulba in Darkwing Duck, Wadsworth in Clue, Darth Sidious in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and El Malefico in Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Malefico.
The Mouse King (before he became a king, of course) was the royal advisor to Prince Eric's father. When the King died, he left his magic sceptre to the Mouse until his son was fit to rule. Unfortunately, the Mouse took a liking to his new status and turned the Prince into a nutcracker.
He arrives in Clara's parlour to finish him off. Clara manages to save her Nutcracker, but not before the Mouse King shrinks her. As the two of them enter Parthenia on their search for the Sugar Plum Princess, the Mouse King tries to stop them at every turn. With the help of his bat spy Pimm he sends out rock giants and decoy castles.
The Mouse King and the Nutcracker eventually fight again, but the tyrant loses by being shrunk to the size of an actual mouse after a shrinking spell cast he cast is reflected back on him, forcing him to flee into the sewers. However, still eager for revenge, he snatches the locket Clara wore and opening it, and by sending her home, but is afterwards knocked to the ground after Pimm (whom he is riding on) is knocked out by a snowball.
It is unknown what happened to The Mouse King afterwards.
The Mouse King is the most powerful, influential, and authoritative citizen in Parthenia and he knows it. He uses his power solely to please himself and shows no regard for the citizens under his reign. In fact, he doesn't even think he needs them; he lets his army use their homes as a food source and actually tells the Nutcracker he doesn't need their loyalty. A lot of the Mouse's power comes from the fact that he has an army, a magic sceptre and a spy who can tell him what's going on in the kingdom. Because of this, most people live in fear of him and avoid his army.
Major Mint and Captain Candy - the only people who seem to be trying to defeat him before the Nutcracker and Clara's arrival - are dismissed as "gullible idiots", so they clearly aren't much of a threat to him. The Nutcracker is a tougher opponent; although the Mouse is sceptical of the Sugar Plum Princess's existence, he decides to "reduce the Nutcracker to a pile of splinters before he can find her". He also refers to the Nutcracker as a "thorn in his side".
The Mouse is also shown to be very short-tempered, argumentative, cantankerous, and uncooperative, as he wants everything to go as he planned. When two of his soldiers admit they failed to capture the Nutcracker, he turns them to stone with his magic sceptre. Since he has a vast collection of petrified subjects, he clearly does this a lot.
The Mouse King is a gray mouse with yellow eyes with a British accent. He is always seen in his purple uniform and crown, sceptre in hand.
- He was the only main antagonist to be an animal.
- He is the first antagonist who have a bat, the second being Gwyllion in Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess.
- His voice actor Tim Curry worked with Catherine O'Hara (who voiced Duchess Rowena) in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
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