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The Truth About Mother Goose (1957)

The true story behind various nursery rhymes is explored.

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We learn the true stories behind various nursery rhymes. Little Jack Horner: a servant to a city official was delivering a present to King Henry VIII, baked, as was the custom of the time, in a pie. The present was the deed to a valuable estate, which Horner stole. Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary: Mary Stuart brought "quite contrary" French style to the Scottish court. After a series of disastrous romances, she was jailed; the jailer's son, captivated by her, helped her escape. After a brief but disastrous attempted coup, she fled to England, where her sister, Queen Elizabeth, soon grew jealous and had her imprisoned. London Bridge: The bridge, finished in 1209, was soon lined by shops with luxury apartments upstairs, turning into a popular commercial and cultural zone. The Great Fire that broke out in 1666 spread to the bridge, but the houses were rebuilt. Over the ages, things decayed. In 1823, things finally got bad enough that the bridge was demolished and replaced. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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I sorta remember this...
4 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a Disney short describing the back stories about classic nursery rhymes that almost every little kid in the world knows. The only two stories, I actually remember though is the one about "Mary, Mary Quite Contary". Which was about Mary, the Queen of Scotland whom was executed by her cousin, Elizabeth, the Queen of England. the other was the "London Bridge is Falling Down", actually the real London bridge did fall down, and was rebuilt several times. It's basically one of those cartoons, which is more educational than humorous, but it a great example of Disney or shorts made in the 1950s. They used to air on the Disney Channel when I was a child, before Disney changed it's image in the the late 1990s as a contemporary kids channel, but I think you can now find them on DVD.


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