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Babes in Toyland (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 14 December 1961 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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Follow Your Heart to Joyland! A Dazzling World of Song, Dance and Laughter! See more »


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Trivia

The voice of Sylvester J. Goose is that of the film's Director Jack Donohue. See more »

Goofs

When Barnaby, in his opening scene, closes the window shutters on Gonzorgo's and Roderigo's hands, the window sill bends as if made of foam instead of wood, so that the actors' hands wouldn't be injured. 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, Sylvester.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Santa Clause 2 (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

We Won't Be Happy Till We Get It (Reprise #2)
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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"Once You Pass It's Borders, You May Never Return Again"
10 December 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It was sixty years since Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough's magical musical for kids premiered on Broadway when this version came out and now it's nearly 50 years since the film was in theaters. It doesn't rank up with the one that Laurel&Hardy did in the Thirties. For one thing the Victor Herbert score was cut, but not added to. Secondly Stan and Ollie were the center of things even though they are supporting characters. That in itself made their March Of The Wooden Soldiers memorable.

Still this version that Disney did featured several of his stable of young stars like Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands as the young lovers of Toyland who want to wed. But evil Barnaby reprised in this version by Ray Bolger is going to put a stop to that. He's got designs on Annette's virtue and more important on the inheritance he knows she will get upon her wedding day. Bolger is having a great old time hamming it up as Barnaby.

Stan and Ollie are saluted by Disney with Gene Sheldon and Henry Calvin, fresh from the Zorro series. They're funny, but are clearly relegated to supporting players as Bolger's inept stooges. As Stan Laurel was still alive when Babes In Toyland was in the theaters, I've often wondered what he thought of Sheldon and Calvin.

Tommy Kirk who was barely out of his teens got a real treat to work with one of the great funny men of all time. Babes In Toyland is a great example for those of us to see the zany humor in the character of Ed Wynn as the Toymaker with Kirk as his assistant. The two of them work very well together.

Even Tommy Sands gets into the humor of things when he dons an outrageous gypsy drag persona to foil one of Bolger's schemes. A scheme that goes awry when Calvin and Sheldon don't precisely obey orders. You just can't get good help, even in Toyland.

I even think Victor Herbert would have approved of the way his numbers were done though he probably would not like the Disney interpolations that were made. He was a stickler for such things in his life.

Viewing March Of The Wooden Soldiers back to back with Babes In Toyland doesn't make this version look inferior by any means.


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Language:

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Release Date:

14 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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$10,218,316
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1.75 : 1
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