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


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14 December 1961 (USA)  »

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This was Annette Funicello's favorite of all her films. 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) See more »

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Floretta
Music by Victor Herbert
Music adapted by George Bruns
New Lyrics by Mel Leven
Sung by Tommy Sands and chorus
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'Toyland' has no joy
7 February 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

I would go to the ends of the Earth for Annette Funicello, but this is one of her weaker efforts for Walt Disney. Mary Contrary hopes to get married, but her wedding plans are thwarted by an evil villain. Most of the production and the special effects in the finale are very good, and the adaptation of the operetta score is fine, but the balky direction has no pizazz, and it's precisely this clunky, one-dimensional handling which eventually sinks the film (much better is a Disney short entitled "Back Stage Party", also available on DVD, where Walt Disney and Annette tour the sets used in the film). There's nothing really happening in "Babes In Toyland", beyond the fact it has a distinct case of "Wizard Of Oz"-itis. The scowling children chatter in unison, Tommy Sands is excruciatingly hammy in drag as an old gypsy woman, and the Laurel & Hardy-inspired slapstick routines feel out of place. It's a misfire, yet on the other hand it IS better than "The Shaggy Dog". ** from ****


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