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Babes in Toyland (1961)

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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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This was the only Disney-produced film based on a hit Broadway stage musical, and the first Disney musical using mostly songs which had not been specifically written for the film. However, it is not very faithful to the original 1903 stage version. See more »

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At the end of "Go to Sleep" while Mary is singing, the shadow of the camera is over her right shoulder. 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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Version of Babes in Toyland (1997) See more »

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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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Disney's Holiday Musical
18 December 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is one of my favorite Disney live-action musicals, and a wonderful Christmas film too. It use to be on TV when I was a kid...but not anymore. I was fortunate to buy it on DVD though. The film is also based on an operetta by Victor Herbert, with new lyrics by Mel Leven and of course I thought it's a great soundtrack.

In the film, Annette Funicello plays Mary Quite-Contrary and Tommy Sands plays Mary's fiancée Tom Piper, the Piper's son. As Mary and Tom's wedding approaches, evil schemer Barnaby (The Wizard of OZ's Ray Bolger) hatches a plot to drown Tom, and steal Mary's sheep in an effort to get her to marry him...for the money she will inherit. But unfortunately for Barnaby, the two henchmen he had order to kill Tom, kidnap him instead and sell him to a band of gypsies...for more money of course, since they're being payed by Barnaby to get rid of Tom.

But when Mary discovers Tom is alive, the couple had a happy reunion. But when the two went back to Mary's cottage, the children in Marys' care, Wee Willie Winkie, Little Boy Blue and Little Bo Peep had gone to look for the sheep in the Forest of No Return. The two found the children, but they spend the night in the forest. In the morning, the band were "captured" by the trees of the forest and escorted to Toyland to see the Toymaker. That's all I could tell you folks, you will have to see the film for yourself how it ends.

Overall, this film's a wonderful Disney production...too bad it had a disappointing box office performance.


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