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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 »

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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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The happiest, most delightful musical comedy of your lifetime! See more »


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14 December 1961 (USA)  »

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Aufruhr im Spielzeugland  »

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After production, the cast and crew presented director Jack Donohue with a jack-in-the-box featuring pictures from the film on the outside and his head popping out when the button was pressed. See more »

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When Gonzorgo and Rodrigo are trying to hide from Barnaby after he discovers they sold Tom to the gypsies, he throws both of them over a hedge and on the ground. When they fall on the grass, it's obvious that it's artificial turf, because it moves with them. See more »

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[first lines]
Sylvester: Hello, everybody. My name is Sylvester, Sylvester J. Goose. My friends call me Syl, or sometimes silly.
[chuckles]
Sylvester: At this time, it is with unmitigated pleasure...
Mother Goose: [behind curtain] Sylvester, talk faster.
Sylvester: "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: Hmph! I present the one and only Mother Goose.
[Mother Goose enters]
Mother Goose: Thank you, ...
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Disappointing family musical
12 March 2013 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Walt Disney had great hopes for "Babes In Toyland", releasing it during the lucrative Christmas holiday season. But the critical reaction was just so-so, and the box office take, while not disastrous, was disappointing. Watching the movie today, it's pretty easy to figure out why there wasn't much enthusiasm for the movie. Its biggest flaw is that there is almost nothing done to make the main characters of Tom and Mary into REAL characters - we learn next to nothing about them, and Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello give performances that show their helplessness with their thin characters. Somewhat better is the character of Barnaby - he's given a lot of screen time and Ray Bolger gives a decent performance. Bolger gives some spark in his scenes, but additional problems with the movie defeat his enthusiasm. The songs, while not awful, are extremely unmemorable. Most of the sets come across as extremely stagebound and theatrical and feel phony. Is there anything else in this movie that might attract some viewers? Well, Ed Wynn fans might be charmed by his scenes as the toymaker. And the climax does have some stop-motion animation that might interest fans of the medium. But even these people might turn off their televisions before these moments come because the movie is for the most part so bland. I think even kids will be bored.


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