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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, Barnaby.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

Glen MacDonough (book), Paul Zindel (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Lisa Piper
Richard Mulligan ... Barnie / Barnaby Barnicle
Eileen Brennan ... Mrs. Piper / Widow Hubbard
Keanu Reeves ... Jack Fenton / Jack-be-Nimble
Jill Schoelen ... Mary Piper / Mary Contrary
Googy Gress ... George / Georgie Porgie
Pat Morita ... The Toymaster
Walter Buschhoff ... Justice Grimm
Shari Weiser ... Trollog
Rolf Knie Rolf Knie ... Zack
Gaston Häni Gaston Häni ... Mack (as Gaston Haeni)
Pipo Sosman Pipo Sosman ... Jack in the Box
Chad Carlson Chad Carlson ... Joey Piper
Jean Moake Jean Moake ... News Announcer
Bill Marcus Bill Marcus ... Weather Announcer
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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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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babes in Toyland See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Largely filmed on location in Munich, Germany. See more »

Goofs

When Lisa flies her sled into the cake she gets cake on her dress, but after she starts walking away the stain disappears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Weather Announcer: Two kinds of weather this Christmas Eve: Bad and worse. There's some kind of bumper storm heading Ohio way tonight. Road conditions will become extremely hazardous as the evening wears on. But, the best advice is to just stay home. Repeat: stay home.
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Alternate Versions

Foreign theatrical and U.S. home video versions heavily edited to 94 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of Shirley Temple's Storybook: Babes in Toyland (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Eyes Of A Child
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Pat Morita
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Christmas is the time for sugary sweetness
18 January 2001 | by TynneSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie as a child and I enjoy watching it with my children. I know it's not a cinematic achievement, it did not win awards and will not down in history as one of Christmas's most cherished movies. But there's a quality about it that is wonderful. The simplistic scenery is attractive in its own way. The acting was not amazing but let's remember a few things - it was a made for TV movie in the 80's, and honestly there were very few decent films that came out of the 80's anway. For those who wish to over-analyse this film, I suggest you remember one thing - it's a children's movie, it was not meant to be broken down and analysed, it was meant to be simply enjoyed. I would highly recommend this movie for the enjoyment of viewers with young families. After all, Christmas is the time to enjoy sugary sweetness.


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