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Babes in Toyland (1986)

A young girl wakes up in the realm of Toyland, where she teams up with her family and friends to overthrow the evil villain named, Barnaby.

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Walter Buschhoff ...
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Trollog
Rolf Knie ...
Zack
Gaston Häni ...
Mack (as Gaston Haeni)
Pipo Sosman ...
Jack in the Box
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Joey Piper
Jean Moake ...
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Bill Marcus ...
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Storyline

11-year-old Lisa has no time for toys; she's too busy taking care of her siblings and cooking for her mother. During the Christmas Eve blizzard, Lisa travels to Toyland in Wizard of Oz-like fashion and arrives just in time for a wedding. Young Mary Contrary is about to marry mean, old Barnaby Barnacle, despite the fact that she loves Jack Be Nimble. Lisa tries to stop this terrible wedding and, together with her new friends, discovers that Barnaby wants to take over Toyland. Lisa, Mary, Jack, and Georgie Porgie ask the Toymaster for help, but he can't help them as long as Lisa doesn't truly believe in toys. Written by Christine Sai-Halasz <sai@mit.edu>

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19 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras en Juguetelandia  »

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Trivia

Only parts of Victor Herbert's original operetta are used, the bulk of the score is newly created by Leslie Bricusse. See more »

Goofs

Mac and Zack's 'costume gloves' seem to fall down throughout the movie and reveal their skin color. See more »

Quotes

Barnaby: Hi there, beautiful. I've been watching you with the teddy bears. What do you think of running here? A charity bizarre?
Mary: The merchandise was faulty. There was no refund. A customer took a punching bag in exchange and was quite satisfied.
Barnaby: One thing I can say to you, angel, is your personal merchandise is by no means faulty, but I when say, "Push the teddy bears", I mean, "*Push* the teddy bears". Clear?
Mary: I'm not a salesperson, Mr. Barney. I'm customer service and I was doing my job.
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Connections

Version of Babes in Toyland (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Worlds
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Drew Barrymore
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Endearing and Fun
10 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I'm awfully surprised that this movie has received such low ratings! I never saw the original "Babes in Toyland," so I can't say one way or the other whether this film is guilty of desecrating some legacy, as suggested by other comments. I first saw the movie when I was about 4 years old, and I loved every minute of it. I thought that Troller was horrifically frightening, that Barnaby was the very embodiment of evil, and that Keanu Reeves was the most handsome and heroic protagonist in television history. I was literally on the edge of my brightly-colored plastic seat as Jack Nimble Jr. was hauled to jail by the giant teddy bear police, and was thoroughly emotionally invested in Drew Barrymore's journey to believe in Santa and Christmas and whatever. Fifteen years later, I still love the movie! Yes, it's ridiculously campy and poorly acted, but that's what makes "Babes in Toyland" so enjoyable. It isn't supposed to be serious, and it wasn't created to be some enduring theatrical masterpiece. It's a made-for-TV movie featuring the same guy who starred in the "Bill and Ted" films. I got the video in a McDonald's Happy Meal. What did you expect? "Babes in Toyland" still brings back fond memories, mostly because I remember the strong emotions that the movie evoked for me as a little girl. It makes the movie even more hilarious to watch now. If you want to see a cinematic work of art, why are you watching a low-budget TV movie from 1986? If you want a silly, fun, and entertaining holiday movie, by all means, watch on.


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