Nutcracker: The Motion Picture (a.k.a. Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker or Nutcracker), is a 1986 film produced by Pacific Northwest Ballet in associates with Hyperion Pictures and Kushner/Locke. It is a film adaptation of the ballet The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as well as based on the short story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The film was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1988. The film was conceived by ballet choreographer Kent Stowell and book illustrator/author Maurice Sendak (who noted the costumes and sets). The film is based on Stowell/Sendak's 1986 stage version of The Nutracker originally performed in Seattle, Washington. The film is directed by Carroll Ballard, who prior to the film directed The Black Stallion. The film's poster title Nutcracker: The Motion Picture is never seen on screen.