Babes in Toyland
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This second film adaptation of the Victor Herbert operetta Babes in Toyland was producer Walt Disney's Christmas offering for 1961. The 1903 Herbert original had very little in the way of a plot, so screenwriters Joe Rinaldi, Lowell S. Hawley, and Ward Kimball lifted elements from the 1934 filmization of Toyland, which starred Laurel and Hardy. Annette Funicello plays Mary Contrary, about to wed Tom Piper (Tommy Sands) in the heart of Mother Goose Village. The villainous Barnaby (Ray Bolger), who covets Mary for himself, orders his bumbling henchmen Gonzorgo (Henry Calvin) and Roderigo… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

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"a flat, stagy, artificially cheerful affair that falls far short of the memorably creepy Laurel and Hardy version of 1934."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Disney's first live-action musical is the second, inferior version of Victor Herbert's operetta; the first, in 1934, stars Laurel and Hardy."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A disgrace to the memory of Laurel and Hardy and the Hal Roach original."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"An audience of preschoolers and kindergarteners should still appreciate this colorful Disney film, and curious parents might enjoy seeing certain actors at work."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"So-so 1961 Disney take with Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands, and Ed Wynn."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Perhaps 105 minutes of this sugary concoction borders on punishment, but when the movie hits a creative groove the results are highly amusing, generating a heightened sense of theatrical entertainment with a definite Disney twist."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Where are Laurel and Hardy when you need them?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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