Babes in Toyland [Blu-ray]
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This was the studio's first live-action musical fantasy.Year: 1961
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on January 30, 2017
Format: Amazon VideoVerified Purchase
I'm so thrilled they released this on Amazon...this was one of my favorite musicals as a kid and the opening dance number always brings me to tears. How I want to dance like that! I have seen other versions but they are terrible compared to this. I've been hunting down the soundtrack for years but was never able to find it- after purchasing this on Amazon I discovered iTunes had this version's soundtrack...but it's one of those instances where the soundtrack was recorded much differently than the movie itself and that's a huge bummer. I'm astounded at how beautifully the old colors converted to HD, it's quite stunning. I will be making sure my kids grow up with this movie as well when that time comes!
on April 26, 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I have loved Disney's 'Babes In Toyland' ever since I saw it years ago as a kid. The music, costumes,characters and even the simple plot all appealed to me then and I have carried an affection for it ever since. Being a fan of Annette Funicello, made it all the more enjoyable to me. It was a 'feel-good' movie for me then and takes me back to a simpler time. I bought the DVD when it originally came out a few years back and it is in full frame 1.33 to 1. So when I saw that they had released the film on BluRay, I was excited to see it was in 1.55 to 1. Although I know the film, being made in 1961, had to be in the widescreen format, I assumed the BluRay version wouldn't be totally widescreen but more so than the previous dvd release. I was WRONG. It is advertised as Widescreen but it is not. It's the same as the older DVD 1.33 to 1. The picture and sound are great but I must say I was expecting an aspect ratio closer to the original film's theatrical format. I don't know why Disney insists on releasing their family films in a pan-and-scan format. It's disappointing. Still an enjoyable film just be advised that if you want a widescreen version, this isn't it!
on January 29, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Maybe ok if you're three years old and just like bright colors. Fifty-three years after it was first released (when I was a 17-year old), I finally watched this for the first time. As I enjoy the broad comic work of its main characters actors, I felt I couldn't go wrong on a wintery evening. So wrong. And so surprised. Uneven, often lethargic, cheesy production for a major studio and, except for Mother Goose's wisecracking goose and one delightful Tommy Sands scene, only Ray Bolger looks like he is having a good time. The usually vibrant Annette varies between just wooden and inexplicably sullen-faced. The rubbery-faced trees in the Forest of No Return have more energy going on in this film than she does. Was there some back-stage reason for this that I'm unaware of? Always liked Tommy Sands's voice and stage manner. If only he hadn't married Nancy Sinatra, he probably would have had a much longer career! He has a good, comic-song scene disguised as a gypsy fortune-telling crone. For me, it was the one bright spot of the film. Too bad. Even silly Ed Wynn couldn't save this one.
on November 22, 2013
Format: Amazon VideoVerified Purchase
This is an interesting bit of film/Disney history. Annette is fun as always although she is completely overshadowed by Tommy's Sands's singing. The first half of the movie drags a bit but greatly picks up in the second half. The kids enjoyed the film but commented that it was funny because it was fake. The thought of "What is this all about?" goes through your head while watching since the plot is rather thin but at the same time you just can't take your eyes away. All said I'm glad this is available because I use to see the toy soldiers at Disneyland as a kid, and saw the story in the old anthology books but had never actually watched the movie. Another interesting moment is realizing Bo Peep is Ann Gillian in her first role. Tommy Kirk's role as Grumio is interesting as he has a nutty professor haircut and the glasses to match which is much different than his prior portrayals.
on December 26, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Make no mistake, this is not "March Of The Wooden Soldiers", but it is a lot of fun for smaller children and the whole family. Decent music, lots of color and easy to follow story about Mother Goose characters. Annette Funicello was always cute to watch and Tommy Sands had his day in the sun. Fun to see the early Ann Jillian as Bo Peep singing. Ray Bolger played the evil Barnaby out to get rid of Tom Piper so that he could marry Mary Contrary and get her money. Fun to see Henry Calvin and Gene Shelton ( two alumni of the Disney Zorro TV series) as Barnaby's henchmen. You shouldn't expect more than entertaining musical numbers and colorful costumes, remember this was done for children and children of all ages enjoyed it.
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This is an awful movie. Ms Funicello is clearly not having any of it, and there's not a smidge of sincerity in any of the children.Read more
I think I really fell in love with this movie, and I'll watch it a few times. The plot was dramatic and thrilling. I watched it during the vacation. The filming was excellent.Read more
It was fine but I realized how weird this movie is now that I'm a grown up. My 5 year old liked.
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