Late night in the toy shop. The toymaker goes up to bed, leaving his wind-up policeman to guard the shop, and the other toys come to life. First order of business: throw that pesky cop into... See full summary »
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Late night in the toy shop. The toymaker goes up to bed, leaving his wind-up policeman to guard the shop, and the other toys come to life. First order of business: throw that pesky cop into the glue pot. The wind-up soldiers march around. They pass a doll, and the lead soldier stops them so he can go woo her. He has some success, until they are threatened by an elephant; he sucks up the other soldiers, and our hero cowers in fear. Then a monkey attacks, and our soldier continues not to be brave. A shepherd leaves his flock and beats the monkey, winning the girl. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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4 January 1931 (USA)  »

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Toyland Adventure  »

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Adequate animation but dull as dust
14 June 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A toymaker goes to bed and his toys come to life. A soldier toy begins making time with a girl doll, but when they are attacked by a toy elephant, he becomes a coward and she's saved by another doll who becomes her hero. That's all there is to it--nothing else, nothing exciting and no sense of wonder or suspense.

Throughout much of the 1930s, cartoons were pretty dull and included a lot of cutesy characters as well as singing. Only later did studios create less saccharine and funnier cartoons. Although there were a few decent and entertaining cartoon shorts during this time, A TOYTOWN TALE is not one of them. The fact that this film is in the public domain, as I couldn't imagine anyone wanting to retain the copyright or even acknowledge they had anything to do with making it!


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