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Babes in Toyland (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 14 December 1961 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Jack Donohue

Writers:

Victor Herbert (operetta), Glen MacDonough (operetta) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Bolger ... Barnaby Barnicle
Tommy Sands ... Tom Piper
Annette Funicello ... Mary Quite Contrary (as Annette)
Ed Wynn ... Toymaker
Tommy Kirk ... Grumio
Kevin Corcoran ... Boy Blue
Henry Calvin Henry Calvin ... Gonzorgo
Gene Sheldon ... Roderigo
Mary McCarty ... Mother Goose
Ann Jillian ... Bo Peep
Brian Corcoran Brian Corcoran ... Willie Winkie
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Storyline

Tom the Piper's Son is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary. On the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby hires two henchmen to drown Tom and steal Mary's sheep, cared for by Little Bo Peep, thus depriving Mary and the children she lives with of their livelihood, forcing her to marry Barnaby. The sheep are stolen, but Gonzorgo and Roderigo, Barnaby's henchmen, double-cross him by selling Tom to a band of gypsies instead, leaving Tom with the opportunity to escape and make his way with Mary, Bo-Peep, and other Mother Goose characters to Toyland. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

It's Bright! It's Wonderful! A Musical Holiday of Fun for Everyone! See more »


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Trivia

This Christmas film grew out of the abandoned "Rainbow Road To Oz" project that was planned and previewed on The Magical World of Disney: The Fourth Anniversary Show (1957). In that unmade film, Annette Funicello was to have played Princess Ozma. When when the studio scrapped the project, this was what took its place. Disney never made an actual Oz film until Return to Oz (1985) See more »

Goofs

At the end of "Go to Sleep" while Mary is singing, the shadow of the camera is over her right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sylvester J. Goose: Hello, everybody. My name is Sylvester, Sylvester J. Goose. My friends call me Syl, or sometimes silly.
[chuckles]
Sylvester J. Goose: At this time, it is with unmitigated pleasure...
Mother Goose: [behind curtain] Sylvester, talk faster.
Sylvester J. Goose: Talk faster? You're lucky to find a goose who can talk at all! As I was saying, it is my pleasure to present your hostess for this occasion, weighing one hundred and eighty nine pounds...
Mother Goose: Sylvester!
Sylvester J. Goose: [scoffs] I present the one and only Mother Goose.
[Mother Goose enters]
Mother Goose: Thank you, ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

We Won't Be Happy Till We Get It (Reprise #1)
Music by Victor Herbert
Music adapted by George Bruns from the song "He Won't Be Happy Till He Gets It"
New Lyrics by Mel Leven
Sung by Henry Calvin
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all the bright colors
17 December 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Mother Goose and her puppet goose Sylvester introduces a stage performance of the many children story characters. Tom (Tommy Sands) and Mary (Annette Funicello) are planning to get married. Tom is the son of the Piper and Mary is from "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary". Barnaby (Ray Bolger) intends to marry Mary and steal her money. He recruits petty criminals Gonzorgo and Roderigo to throw Tom into the sea and steal Mary's sheep. Gonzorgo has the idea to sell Tom to the gypsies to make money twice. Bo Beep (Ann Jillian) brings news that the sheep have gone. Mary is out of options and is forced to marry Barnaby until Tom suddenly returns with the gypsies. Meanwhile, Bo Beep leads the kids to the Forest of No Return to find her sheep. Tom and Mary go to save the children. The talking trees allow them to go to the Toymaker.

This Technicolor fantasy has all the bright colors in the rainbow. It insists on being cheery despite following so much the villains. Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello are not particularly compelling. Funicello is darn cute but has limitations in her acting. The songs are cheery. This has that cutesy Disney charm but it does not really stand the test of time. It has enough wackiness for kids of that era and this should have an appeal due to its nostalgia.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babes in Toyland See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,218,316
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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