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Babes in Toyland (1997)

Everyone's favorite nursery rhyme characters come magically and musically to life in this animated adventure based on the classic holiday tale.

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John Loy (screenplay), Glen MacDonough (operetta)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Mr. Dumpty (voice)
Lacey Chabert ... Jill (voice) (as Esmeralda Belle Jané)
Joseph Ashton ... Jack (voice) (as Joey Ashton)
Raphael Sbarge ... Tom Piper (voice)
Cathy Cavadini ... Mary (voice)
Christopher Plummer ... Barnaby Crookedman (voice)
Susan Silo ... Scat (voice)
Bronson Pinchot ... Rodrigo (voice)
Jim Belushi ... Gonzargo (voice)
Lindsay Schnebly Lindsay Schnebly ... Goblin King (voice)
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It's 2 days before Christmas, and the Toyland Toy Factory has just received its biggest order ever. But the evil Barnaby, who doesn't believe in toys, has plans to shut the factory down and spoil the holiday for everyone. Now it's up to Toyland's most recent arrivals, young Jack & his sister Jill, to help their newfound friends Tom Piper, Mary Lamb, Humpty Dumpty, and the rest of Toyland stop Barnaby's plot and save Christmas! Written by James Drury <jaguar1@sprint.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventuras en Juguetelandia See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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This was originally intended by MGM to be a theatrical release for 1996, but had been delayed because of the commercial failure of All Dogs Go to Heaven II (1996), and eventually released straight to video in 1997. See more »

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Barnaby Crookedman: Oh come, come, my dear. I offering far more than the place is worth. Even you father Could have seen that.
Mary: Mr. Barnaby, the factory is not for sale. Papa build this factory. Without it there wouldn't be any toyland.
Barnaby Crookedman: Hmm, how true. Which makes the thought of the old factory closing down, dovelly destressing, doesn't it.
Mary: Why would we close down?
Barnaby Crookedman: No toy orders from Santa Claus. It's all over toyland, that Tom Piper never returned from the North Pole. I even heard the goblins had him for dinner.
[...]
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Version of Robots in Toyland (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

March of the Toys
Music by Victor Herbert
Played by orchestra
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Probably the BEST Babes In Toyland!
13 July 2011 | by RKerekes13-1See all my reviews

Some people probably know about the several Babes in Toyland movies made throughout the years: the original 1934 Laurel and Hardy version (which I haven't seen in its entirety yet), the absolutely HORRIBLE 1961 Disney version, the just okay 1986 TV version with Drew Barrymore, and this 1997 animated version. To me, it is probably the BEST Babes In Toyland movie that anybody will ever see! Moving right along, I saw both the 1961 Disney version and this version at a young age and looking back now, I feel that this version is far superior to the atrocity made by Disney. I'll be happy to explain why and how. (And just to prepare you, I will be comparing these two versions through this review.) One review on here pointed out how this movie exceeds the Disney movie in character development, music, songs, dialogue, etc., and I have to agree with them. But I'm not gonna copy what they said. I'm just gonna put it in my own words.

First off, whereas the Disney version lacks a certain charm that makes it all around believable, this version adds a charm all its own which makes it entertaining, fairly believable, and enjoyable to watch.

Secondly, the characters in this film are more what you might say well-rounded in interaction and personality, meaning that they keep it all well-balanced as they provide some crucial contribution to the plot. The Disney film, on the other hand, has its characters more, um... monotone and straight-to-the-point in a bad kind of way.

Third, there's the romantic subplot of Tom and Mary. Now this is more a of a neutral comparison. In the Disney one, their romance is dead-straight on, while in this one, their romance is developed from secretive to clear. No comment there.

Fourth, Barnaby. The Barnaby in the Disney film played by Ray Bolger (The Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz"!) comes across as just plain annoying with no sinister seriousness. The Barnaby in this film voiced by Christopher Plummer (Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music"!) is fairly more sinister and serious with his motives, though I gotta admit, he does his share of annoyance, too.

Fifth, comparing the songs in both versions, this version has songs which are all all-around worth listening to, while in the Disney version, some songs are better than others.

Lastly, those who have seen all the Babes In Toyland movies probably know that all the movies' plots are different, but with that being said, I don't wanna spoil it for those who haven't seen this one. Forget all the other versions, ESPECIALLY the Disney one (!!!!!), get this version and watch it! It is, in my honest opinion, the most perfect Babes In Toyland film you'll ever see as long as you're living on this earth!


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