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Babes-In-Toyland-Blu-ray-coverJust in time for the Holidays, Disney’s Babes In Toyland is now available to own on Blu-ray.

With a brand new digital restoration for its Blu-ray debut, Babes in Toyland is colorful, musical and magical.

As hard to believe as it sounds, this was my first time ever seeing this movie.  I was instantly captivated by the extremely well choreographed dance numbers and quickly found myself singing along by the second chorus of most of the songs.

The movie is, at its heart, a musical and does a great job of keeping the viewer entertained.  There’s some great performances from a group of well known actors here.  Ray Bolger (best known for his portrayal of the absent-minded scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz) shows that he’s got the chops to play a truly despicable “bad guy”.  Former original Mousketeer Annette Funicello proves that she still has what it takes when is comes to singing and dancing.  Ed Wynn (the Mad Hatter from Disney’s animated Alice in Wonderland) makes an appearance as The Toymaker in the second half of the film and I’m embarrased to admit I had to look him up to realize why that voice sounded so familiar!

The only real downside I can see to this film is the use of stop motion animation to bring the toys in the Toymaker’s workshop to life.  Since the toys were supposed to be the size of some of the real life actors in the scene, they could have just as easily put real people in Toy Soldier costumes and ended up with a better effect.  Nevertheless, this movie’s a classic and will appeal to all ages.

Since the movie was originally released in 1961, the Blu-ray has no bonus features.  It’s a pretty straightforward release, but it does look great in HD, especially since the sets and costumes are so colorful.

Film Synopsis:

Tom the Piper’s Son is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary. On the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby hires two henchmen to drown Tom and steal Mary’s sheep, cared for by Little Bo Peep, thus depriving Mary and the children she lives with of their livelihood, forcing her to marry Barnaby. The sheep are stolen, but Gonzorgo and Roderigo, Barnaby’s henchmen, double-cross him by selling Tom to a band of gypsies instead, leaving Tom with the opportunity to escape and make his way with Mary, Bo-Peep, and other Mother Goose characters to Toyland.


Ray Bolger – Barnaby
Tommy Sands – Tom Piper
Annette Funicello – Mary Contrary (as Annette)
Ed Wynn – Toymaker
Tommy Kirk – Grumio
Kevin Corcoran – Boy Blue
Henry Calvin – Gonzorgo
Gene Sheldon – Roderigo
Mary McCarty – Mother Goose
Ann Jillian – Bo Peep
Brian Corcoran – Willie Winkie
Marilee Arnold – Twin
Melanie Arnold – Twin
Jerry Glenn – Simple Simon
John Perri – Jack-be-Nimble

Rated: G
Run Time: 106 minutes

Bonus Features: None