Babes in Toyland (1961)

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Today we’re going to talk about a movie that was certainly not on my radar! I didn’t know what to expect from Babes in Toyland and certainly ended up surprised.

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Mary Contrary (Annette) is set to marry Tom Piper (Tommy Sands) when he is kidnapped by Roderigo (Gene Sheldon) and Gonzorgo (Henry Calvin), two goons working for the evil Barnaby (Ray Bolger). Barnaby wants to marry Mary for her inheritance. Instead of killing Tom as instructed, Roderigo and Gonzorgo sell him to Gypsies, which allows Tom to rescue Mary. Soon afterward, Tom and Mary encounter the odd Toymaker (Ed Wynn), who becomes a pawn in Barnaby’s new scheme.

The Rating:

We’re gonna file this under “what the heck did I just watch”. This acid trip of a movie was not what I expected. It was nauseatingly colorful, sweet, and cheerful, not to forget very loud because of an annoying number of songs. Don’t misunderstand me, I have no problem with a film full of music if it is well done. However, here not a single song was decent or even catchy. Honestly, every time somebody started to sing, I just desperately wanted it to be over.

The opening sequences must be one of the longest I have ever seen. Was it necessary? No. Was it entertaining? Remotely. The bits that I assume were entertaining back in the day when the film come up now look rather cheap simply because it can be done so much better today. The story was weird, to say the least, and the movie was just dragging on. You know, this might work as 30 minutes (max) episode of a show but as a whole feature film, it was not enough to sustain my interest.

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