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Babes in Toyland [Blu-ray] (1961)

Ray Bolger , Tommy Kirk , Jack Donohue  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ray Bolger, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands, Ann Jilliann
  • Directors: Jack Donohue
  • Writers: Joe Rinaldi, Lowell S. Hawley, Ward Kimball
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009IQG5ME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This was the studio's first live-action musical fantasy.

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97 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marching Wooden Soldiers February 23, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
DVD REVIEW
This DVD release at the time of my review of this film adds nothing to the VHS. No Widescreen, no re-mastering, and no extras. I will keep my VHS copy for now. Now on to the original film itself:

FILM REVIEW
In this 1961 film, the first true live-action musical from the Walt Disney Studio, Tommy Sands is paired up with America's girl next door who got her start with Walt Disney, Annette Funicello. Also the famous Ray Bolger and Ed Wynn are featured, and Ann Jillian was a child actor in this movie. There is more great talent from the Disney in-house stable of stars, Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran, who played brothers in both "Old Yeller" and "Swiss Family Robinson".

The story is simple enough, we are in Mother Goose land and the villain shrinks our heroes to toy size. They must enlist help from the toys in the Toymaker's shop to fight back. The effects were eye-popping at the time, and to see a toy army coming to life and fight the bad guys is a great treat for kids. The movie has some real fun stop motion style animation, where the toys are made to look like they are alive (30 years before computer animation did it for "Toy Story"). The Christmas parade at Disneyland has featured replicas of the marching soldiers from this film for over 40 years. The beautiful wooden toys that are seen in the film were all designed by veteran animator Ward Kimball. (animators X. Atencio and Bill Justice joined Ward on the stop-animation to bring the custom made toys to life).

The movie was promoted in advance on the Walt Disney television show, in a 1961 episode that also promoted "The Parent Trap", (the episode is called "The Title Makers").
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step back to yesterday! August 4, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Granted this was filmed on a Disney Sound stage for very little money, but this movie was the brilliant work of Walt Disney himself. I was a kid when this movie came out and how impressed i was with the colors, music, story and cast. Now i'm in my 50's and this same version still impresses me. This version is timeless and the colors, music, story and especially the cast mean more to me than ever. This is a great movie for the Christmas Holiday and a walk back into yesteryear for us baby boomers. It also would be a great idea to show this to the kids of "now and "me" generation. They might learn something. The special effects were state-of-the art back then and may seem a little campy today, but this movie with it's special effects has heart,,,something that lacks in many of the new Christmas movies. This Disney version is warm, creative, visually beautiful and has a wonderful cast.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a kitschy delight - but deserves better treatment December 30, 2005
By jondog
Format:DVD
The opening sequence alone, a colorful song and dance in Mother Goose Village Square that could only have been designed and choreographed in the early 60's, is enough to bring a huge smile to faces of those of us who fondly remember the pre-digital days of Walt Disney.

The colorful production design is sensational and reminds me of the early days of Disneyland - whimsically artificial but gorgeous to look at. Sure, the story is Squaresville, and many complain that the set is too stagey, but those are main elements of the film's lasting charm. Dated and corny to some is a cool breeze of nostalgia and simpler times for others.

I am sad that this DVD is shamefully bargain bin. Apparently someone at Disney has deemed this delightful slice of early 60's pop culture woefully insignificant, so not only is the film greatly reduced to fit on standard televisions, but there are NO special features whatsoever, a shame considering that many of the original principals in the film are still with us. Also, there was an episode of The Wonderful World of Disney called "Backstage Party", timed to promote the release of the film in 1961, featuring Walt and the cast on the set doing obviously staged but nonetheless delightful songs, dances, testimonials and stand-up routines. What a shame that no one had the foresite to include this terrific extra - or ANYTHING - on this dvd. (I had the good fortune of catching this episode on the Disney Channel late one night - so it at least exists!)

Still, there is a lot to be happy with here, again thanks to the splendiferous production design, tuneful songs and largely charming cast. Maybe someday Disney will serve up a better release of this ignored but important chapter (it's mistakes paved the way for "Mary Poppins") in the Disney story.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Corny But Classic December 6, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Although quite corney in places, I cannot forget the thrill I had seeing this movie in the theater as a child. Considering the time it was filmed, Babes In Toyland had wonderful special effects and plenty of Disney charm. If you can stay with it up to the time the children actually enter Toyland (about half way through) you will find that the wait was worth it. I am dissappointed that this movie didn't become more popular, but with an all star cast including Ray Bolger(the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz) as a villain this time, Tommy Kirk and Annette Funnicello of the early Disney family and timeless Christmas music from the original stage version,Babes and Toyland should be an annual tradition alongside Its a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th St.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just what i wanted!
oh man, i was looking for some old "innocent' movies for my children to watch because i feel like movies these days are so out of control. Read more
Published 1 day ago by E.E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
First movie I went to the movies to see, still the same thanks.
Published 16 days ago by Keith C. Parsels
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Had a sharpie last name on the disk when I received it.
Published 20 days ago by Courtney Lynn Carillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Bought this as a gift. Disney was truly doing some crazy things back then. Still hilarious and fun for a kid.
Published 24 days ago by Great Pole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the faves
Published 26 days ago by Jeremy Ambrose
5.0 out of 5 stars For Someone Who Dislikes Musicals This is A First For Me :)
First off (no offense to anyone) I want to say I hate musicals with a passion except Willy Wonka. But I love this movie! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Callie Kleeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My granddaughter loved it...she's 2 yr old...my children always liked it--still do. It's lively and just a fun movie.
Published 29 days ago by raggedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Babes in Toyland Classic
Time tested good family entertainment. That is what Disney is all about.
Published 1 month ago by D. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly what I wanted and great job.
Published 2 months ago by Pattie
5.0 out of 5 stars I still like it.
I used to watch this every Christmas on the Disney channel. I still like it.
Published 2 months ago by Garrigus
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