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11-year-old Lisa has no time for toys; she's too busy taking care of her siblings and cooking for her mother. During the Christmas Eve blizzard, Lisa travels to Toyland in Wizard of Oz-like fashion and arrives just in time for a wedding. Young Mary Contrary is about to marry mean, old Barnaby Barnacle, despite the fact that she loves Jack Be Nimble. Lisa tries to stop this terrible wedding and, together with her new friends, discovers that Barnaby wants to take over Toyland. Lisa, Mary, Jack, and Georgie Porgie ask the Toymaster for help, but he can't help them as long as Lisa doesn't truly believe in toys. Written by
Christine Sai-Halasz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Strange and messy, yet cute kids film that can be campy fun if in the right mood
When you're a kid it doesn't take much to make you happy. You're curious and fascinated by everything and might not pick up on the bad in it as easily as an adult. Everyone has favorite films from their childhood that they'd watch over and over again, so much that it would drive their parents nuts. The problem is that sometimes they don't hold up so well when we see them as adults. Something that wowed you at five years old might make you laugh and/or cringe at thirty. For me one of those films is 'Babes in Toyland,' which I really liked as a kid and would watch it any chance I got. It's based on a popular stage show and has a really talented cast, but is flawed in so many ways and when watching it now it's more hokey and cheap looking.
Pros: Cast gives it their all. Fabulous score. Moves at a decent pace. Has a generous helping of camp value. Has some heart in it.
Cons: Feels and looks awfully stagy. Extremely corny. Forgettable songs and musical sequences. Cheap looking sets and costumes. Bland direction by Clive Donner. Also the "action" leaves something to be desired.
Final thoughts: I really did like this when I was younger, but watching it today is a whole new experience. The people involved had their hearts in the right place, but this film is just too silly and cheesy to be genuinely good. Most kids today would see this as lame and laugh at it. See it if you're a fan of any of the actors or in the mood for something bizarre.
My rating: 2.5/5
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