Babes in Toyland (1997 film)

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Babes in Toyland
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DVD cover
Directed by Charles Grosvenor
Toby Bluth
Paul Sabella
Produced by Paul Sabella
Jonathan Dern
Kelly Ward
Mark Young
Don Mirisch (executive producer)
Screenplay by John Loy
Based on Babes in Toyland 
by Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough
Starring James Belushi
Lacey Chabert
Bronson Pinchot
Christopher Plummer
Charles Nelson Reilly
Music by Mark Watters
Production
  company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation
Distributed by MGM/UA Family Entertainment
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • August 23, 1996 (1996-08-23)
(original premiere release)
  • November 1, 1996 (1996-11-01)
(original theatrical release)
  • October 14, 1997 (1997-10-14)
(VHS release)
Running time 71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Babes in Toyland is a 1997 American animated musical film based on the original story. The animated feature stars Joseph Ashton, Lacey Chabert, Raphael Sbarge, Cathy Cavadini, Christopher Plummer, and Charles Nelson Reilly.

Plot[edit]

It's three days before Christmas, as the conductor aboard the Toyland Express, Humpty Dumpty (Charles Nelson Reilly), meets two children, Jack and Jill (Joseph Ashton and Lacey Chabert), who are on their way to Toyland. After meeting Tom Piper (Raphael Sbarge) and Mary Lamb (Cathy Cavadini), who runs her late father's toy factory, they go to live with their uncle, the evil Barnaby Crookedman (Christopher Plummer), who despises toys and keeps Jack and Jill in the attic. He has plans to shut down the toy factory, and earlier shot down Tom's hot air balloon as he was flying over the Goblin Forest in an attempt to get him eaten by goblins (and is quite shocked to see him alive).

Jack and Jill sneak out and go to the Toy Factory, which had received a big order from Santa Claus requesting a thousand giant toy soldiers. Jack and Jill offer to help, but Barnaby takes them back to the attic of his house and threatens to send them to the Goblin Forest if they go near the toy factory again. Shortly afterward, he hires two pirates named Gonzargo and Rodrigo (James Belushi and Bronson Pinchot) to sabotage the toy factory. Jack and Jill sneak out and go to the toy factory again, where Gonzargo and Rodrigo, disguised as sheep, drop a monkey wrench into one of the machines, but Jack is able to remove it before the machine can explode. Jack and Jill immediately suspect Gonzargo and Rodrigo, though believing them to be sheep, and chase after them, resulting in Rodrigo and Gonzargo being knocked into a well by a ram and Jack and Jill, respectively, get knocked down by an empty pail and fall down the hill again.

Barnaby catches Jack and Jill and orders Gonzargo and Rodrigo, who expose the children's interference with the sabotage, to take them to the Goblin Forest. There, they meet the evil Goblin King (Lindsay Schnebly) who tries eat Gonzargo and Rodrigo. Mr. Dumpty informs Tom and Mary, who go to the forest to rescue them. As the goblins are weak against light, they use a flashlight to fight them off and escape. Barnaby knocks Mr. Dumpty over a bridge (while giving a mockery saying of the nursery rhyme which bears the egg's name) for the key to the factory and tries to enter it, but is stopped by Tom, Mary, Jack, Jill, Gonzargo, and Rodrigo, and is forced to retreat.

Tom and Mary finish the Toy Factory's order and fall in love, but Barnaby leads the goblins to Toyland, where they invade, setting fire to the buildings and roasting Gonzargo and Rodrigo on a spit. Tom activates the toy soldiers, who soundly defeat the goblins and put out the fire, saving all of Toyland (including Gonzargo and Rodrigo). Barnaby insults the Goblin King, who tries to eat him, but Jack and Jill shine a flashlight on him, and all the toy soldiers do the same, destroying the Goblin King. Barnaby calls him a "pathetic ogre", and the other goblins confront him and chase him off, out of Toyland (though whether they finally catch him and eat him is unclear).

Finally Christmas arrives; Tom has repaired Mr. Dumpty. Santa transforms all the giant toy soldiers into small toy soldiers. He notices Barnaby's cat, Scat, who is now homeless since Barnaby's disappearance; he picks her up and pets her. Jill asks for Scat and she gets her, and Santa continues on his journey.

In the end, Jack and Jill become the adopted children of Tom and Mary.

Cast[edit]

Musical numbers[edit]

  1. "Toyland" - Humpty Dumpty
  2. "Mr. Dumpty's Toyland / The Aerial Ballet" - Humpty Dumpty
  3. "Dream" - Mary, Tom, Jill, Jack
  4. "The Factory Song" - Tom, Mary, Company
  5. "A Crooked Man" - Barnaby
  6. "The Worst Is Yet to Come" - Gonzargo, Rodrigo
  7. "It's You" - Tom, Mary

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