Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland
Babes in Toyland
  • G
  • 1h 46m
  • 1961
Rotten36%
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All roads lead to magical, merry Toyland as Mary Contrary and Tom Piper prepare for their wedding! But villainous Barnaby wants Mary for himself, so he kidnaps Tom, setting off a series of comic chases, searches, and double-crosses! The "March Of The Wooden Soldiers" helps put Barnaby in his place, and ensures a "happily ever after" for Tom and Mary! This joyful musical fantasy is a delightful experience for the whole family!

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Common Sense Media
Renee Schonfeld
Fresh

Live-action Mother Goose musical with mild slapstick action.

June 25, 2017
Movie Metropolis
James Plath
Rotten

An audience of preschoolers and kindergarteners should still appreciate this colorful Disney film,...

June 22, 2017
Blu-ray.com
Brian Orndorf
Fresh

Perhaps 105 minutes of this sugary concoction borders on punishment, but when the movie hits a cre...

June 22, 2017
EmanuelLevy.Com
Emanuel Levy
Rotten

Disney's first live-action musical is the second, inferior version of Victor Herbert's operetta; t...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Live-action Mother Goose musical with mild slapstick action.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Babes in Toyland (1961) was Walt Disney Studio's first live-action musical release. Halfway between a play and a movie, much of the piece takes place "onstage," using painted sets and contained in a theater-size area. One of a number of productions based on Victor Herbert's 1903 operetta, dancing, singing, and familiar Mother Goose characters are at the center of this movie. A thin story about a dastardly villain attempting to upset the wedding plans of Mary-Mary and Tom-Tom, the Piper's son, simply moves the action from one set piece to another. Only very young kids, not yet able to distinguish real violence from cartoon violence, might be bothered by the exaggerated, mustache-twirling, comic malevolence of Mr. Barnaby or by the farcical action in which characters slip, fall, get hit over the head with a mallet, and get lost in a forest filled with mildly menacing talking trees.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:December 14, 1961
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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