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Babes in Toyland (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 14 December 1934 (USA)
Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's boogeymen are set on Toyland.

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Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep's shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum instead of Bo Peep. Enraged, Barnaby unleashes the bogeymen from their caverns to destroy Toyland. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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1 and 1/2 hours of laughter!


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March of the Wooden Soldiers  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The stop-motion animation for the "March of the Wooden Soldiers" scene was created by special-effects director Roy Seawright and cinematographer Art Lloyd. They used 100 wooden toy soldiers, each standing one-foot high, which had to be meticulously posed and shot frame by frame. Only one of the toy soldiers seen in this sequence is known to survive, in a damaged state (its feet are missing). It is owned by Laurel & Hardy historian Randy Skretvedt, who occasionally loans it out for museum exhibits. See more »

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Barnaby and the Bogeymen invade Toyland by crossing a crocodile-filled river on a large raft. When the Wooden Soldiers drive them out of the city and back to the river, the raft is inexplicably missing - ensuring that the Bogeymen will not escape from the hungry crocodiles. See more »

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[first lines]
Chief of Police: Come, come, children. On your way to school.
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Crazy Credits

The titles appear on a child's toy building block that falls into position onscreen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gunslinger (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(Pub. 1765) (uncredited)
Traditional
In the score when the baby is shown
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It has a great physical presence and some pretty funny stuff in it.
22 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When video was much less accessible, I waited every holiday season to see this movie. I always remembered the fun stuff, especially Laurel and Hardy, but forgot some of the bad music and rather draggy dialogue. Nevertheless, the set designers did a nice job creating this nursery rhyme world, with three little pigs (one of whom gets turned to sausages), and a raft of other characters. The scenes in the toy shop with the Boys are the best. I do remember as a small child being pretty terrified of that land of the bogy men. It was well done, as are all places where "you must never go" or "where you will be banished to." Stan and Ollie do their shtick with finger wiggles and some silly game called "peewees." They attempt to save the day for the old woman who lives in a shoe. They manage to bumble everything up royally. Still, as things play out, this doesn't have the tightly knit fabric of their best comedies--they need to be on camera more. But as a holiday event, this is worth a look for a new generation.


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