Babes in Toyland
Composer Victor Herbert's operetta comes delightfully to life in this 1961 fantasy starring Annette Funicello as Mary Contrary, whose fiancé, Tom Piper, (Tommy Sands), is abducted by a pair of goons. It seems that dastardly Mr. Barnaby (Ray Bolger) -- who covets Mary and her inheritance -- dispatched the thugs to get Tom out of the picture. When the dim-bulb duo double-crosses the boss, it sets off a search for Tom and a slew of comical chases.
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- Jack Donohue
- 1962 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- 1962 Academy Award®
- Best Costume Design Color nominee
- Best Music Score nominee
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
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.
- Slapstick antics. Characters get hit over the head by a mallet, slip on a banana peel, fall, get hit with a walking stick, fight with swords, get shrunk by magic, and get captured. A dastardly villain with blackened eyes, a shining mustache, and a black cape is a comic threat to everyone. Suspenseful scenes set in a Forest of No Return with comically scary talking trees.
- Some name-calling: "idiots," "bumbler," "stupid," "monster."
- Social Behavior
- Good triumphs over evil. Greed is bad.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it