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Babes in Toyland [DVD] [1961]

  • SKU: 4762858
  • Release Date: 09/03/2002
  • Rating: G
This second film adaptation of the Victor Herbert operetta Babes in Toyland was producer Walt Disney's Christmas offering for 1961. The 1903 Herbert original had very little in the way of a plot, so screenwriters Joe Rinaldi, Lowell S. Hawley, and Ward Kimball lifted elements from the 1934 filmization of Toyland, which starred Laurel and Hardy. Annette Funicello plays Mary Contrary, about to wed Tom Piper (Tommy Kirk) in the heart of Mother Goose Village. The villainous Barnaby (played by the far-from-menacing Ray Bolger), who covets Mary for himself, orders his bumbling henchmen Gonzorgo (Henry Calvin) and Roderigo (Gene Sheldon) to do away with Tom (Calvin and Sheldon are Disney's "answer" to Laurel and Hardy, and they're quite funny). Hoping to turn a profit, Gonzorgo and Roderigo sell Tom to a band of gypsies, enabling Tom to make a surprise return-in old-lady drag!--to rescue Mary from Barnaby's clutches. Later, Mary's younger siblings (including Disney "regular" Moochie Corcoran) wander into the Forest of No Return, compelling Tom and Mary to go after them. Everyone winds up in Toyland, where they help the Toymaker (Ed Wynn) and his invention-happy assistant Grumio (Tommy Kirk) meet their quota for Santa Claus. It must needs be that Barnaby also shows up in Toyland; stealing Grumio's latest invention, a "shrink gun", Barnaby threatens to miniaturize Tom into nothingness unless Mary accepts his proposal of marriage. The teeny-tiny Tom saves the day by activating an army of toy soldiers to thwart Barnaby once and for all. Though lavishly and meticulously produced, Babes in Toyland lacks the essential appeal of the minimalist Laurel and Hardy version. Still, the Disney remake has a great deal going for it, including captivating stagings of such Victor Herbert compositions as "I Can't Do That Sum", "Just a Toy", "Floretta", "Castle in Spain", "We Won't be Happy Til We Get It", "Lemonade", "Just a Whisper Away", "Toyland", and "March of the Toys". Keep an eye peeled for 11-year-old Ann Jillian, making her screen debut as Bo Peep.
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 11)

    Special Features


    • Dolby Digital Surround Sound
    • Fullscreen (1.33:1)
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Babes in Toyland
    This second film adaptation of the Victor Herbert operetta Babes in Toyland was producer Walt Disney's Christmas offering for 1961. The 1903 Herbert original had very little in the way of a plot, so screenwriters Joe Rinaldi, Lowell S. Hawley, and Ward Kimball lifted elements from the 1934 filmization of Toyland, which starred Laurel and Hardy. Annette Funicello plays Mary Contrary, about to wed Tom Piper (Tommy Sands) in the heart of Mother Goose Village. The villainous Barnaby (Ray Bolger), who covets Mary for himself, orders his bumbling henchmen Gonzorgo (Henry Calvin) and Roderigo (Gene Sheldon) to do away with Tom. Hoping to turn a profit, Gonzorgo and Roderigo sell Tom to a band of gypsies, enabling Tom to make a surprise return-in old-lady drag to rescue Mary from Barnaby's clutches. Later, Mary's younger siblings (including Disney regular Moochie Corcoran) wander into the Forest of No Return, compelling Tom and Mary to go after them. Everyone winds up in Toyland, where they try to help the Toymaker (Ed Wynn) and his invention-happy assistant Grumio (Tommy Kirk) meet their quota for Santa Claus despite the continued meddlings of Barnaby. Keep an eye peeled for 11-year-old Ann Jillian, making her screen debut as Bo Peep. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Ray Bolger
      Ray Bolger - Barnaby
    • Tommy Sands
      Tommy Sands - Tom Piper
    • Annette Funicello
      Annette Funicello - Mary Contrary
    • Ed Wynn
      Ed Wynn - Toymaker
    • Tommy Kirk
      Tommy Kirk - Grumio



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bring back the memories

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      jgb78
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      I used to watch this as a kid on Christmas Eve. I haven't seen it on TV in the last few years. So I bought it hoping my kids will enjoy it as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Childhood Memories

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      DJStealth
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      The movie brought me back to my childhood and early days of Disney. Great entertaining movie of its time! Go get it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not bad

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      DJStealth
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      Never saw it before but kids liked it. Brings back memories of all those nursery rhymes!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great classic

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      gump67
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      They don't make them like this anymore. To bad.Maybe they ought to try

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic

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      Kenway
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      This classical hit now available on DVD at a budget price is a welcome addition to any collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      geat price

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      Bill
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      great price for a classic movie. My daughter wanted this movie for Christmas.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Old time favorite

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      Debbie
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      Yes, it is an old movie but it brings back good memories of the Old time Disney

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great classic

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      HPOH
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      Whenever your girlfriend cries just because she got a movie, it's a good one.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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