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Babes in Toyland (1986)

A young girl wakes up in the realm of Toyland, where she teams up with her family and friends to overthrow the evil villain, Barnaby.


Clive Donner


Glen MacDonough (book), Paul Zindel (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Lisa Piper
Richard Mulligan ... Barnie / Barnaby Barnicle
Eileen Brennan ... Mrs. Piper / Widow Hubbard
Keanu Reeves ... Jack Fenton / Jack-be-Nimble
Jill Schoelen ... Mary Piper / Mary Contrary
Googy Gress ... George / Georgie Porgie
Pat Morita ... The Toymaster
Walter Buschhoff ... Justice Grimm
Shari Weiser ... Trollog
Rolf Knie Rolf Knie ... Zack
Gaston Häni Gaston Häni ... Mack (as Gaston Haeni)
Pipo Sosman Pipo Sosman ... Jack in the Box
Chad Carlson Chad Carlson ... Joey Piper
Jean Moake Jean Moake ... News Announcer
Bill Marcus Bill Marcus ... Weather Announcer


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 <sai@mit.edu>

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Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA) See more »

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Babes in Toyland See more »

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[first lines]
Weather Announcer: Two kinds of weather this Christmas Eve: Bad and worse. There's some kind of bumper storm heading Ohio way tonight. Road conditions will become extremely hazardous as the evening wears on. But, the best advice is to just stay home. Repeat: stay home.
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Alternate Versions

Foreign theatrical and U.S. home video versions heavily edited to 94 minutes. See more »


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Written by Victor Herbert with additional lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Drew Barrymore
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9 August 2000 | by sign_of_the_angelSee all my reviews

Whenever someone gives you, the parent of a child under 10, a video, check to make sure that it isn't this movie. If someone does give you "Babes in Toyland", there are only a few explanations:

1. They meant to give you another version of it--there are several, and all of them are better than this one.

2. They meant to give you another movie altogether and accidentally picked this one up.

3. It made its own way into a batch of tapes to be delivered, so it's not their fault.

4. They were misinformed about its quality.

5. They secretly hate your guts and want to torture you.

Conversely, if you know some parents of small children whose guts you hate, just give them a copy of this movie. You'll be giving your feelings towards them away, but they'll be stuck watching this movie for years on end.

Children love this movie. They LOVE this movie. But it's so very, very bad that after just one or two viewings you will have fantasies of tracking down the cast and crew and demanding compensation, at which they will get down on their knees and beg your forgiveness for their involvement in this hideous torture.

It really is that bad. The story is ludicrous. The "music" is excruciating (especially the "Cincinnati" song). The writing is beyond awful. The direction isn't even imaginatively bad (anyone could do as well, probably better). The costumes and sets are so bad they aren't even funny: you can see the zippers in the bear costumes--hilarious, no?

With all of this working against them, I almost feel sorry for the actors. Sure, they're bad, but there was no way they could be any good at all in this movie. You alternate between pity for them and anger at them for their participation in it. I just hope they needed the money or the credit or something.

And it lasts FOREVER. Most kids' movies only last an hour or so; this one goes on and on and on and on and on....

The fanatical devotion that it inspires in children is frightening. Kids have no taste; this is the proof. To be avoided at all costs.

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