Babes in Toyland

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Release Date 1961-12-14
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Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland is a 1961 Walt Disney Christmas musical film in Technicolor, directed by Jack Donohue, and distributed to theatres by Buena Vista Distribution. It stars Ray Bolger as Barnaby, Annette Funicello as Mary Contrary, Tommy Sands as Tom Piper, and Ed Wynn as the Toymaker. The film was based upon Victor Herbert's popular 1903 operetta Babes in Toyland. There had been a 1934 film also titled Babes in Toyland starring Laurel and Hardy, and three television adaptations prior to the Disney film, but Disney's was only the second film version of the operetta released to movie theatres and the first in Technicolor. However, the plot, and in some cases, the music, bear little resemblance to the original as Disney had most of the lyrics rewritten and some of the song tempos drastically changed. The toy soldiers would later appear in Christmas parades at the Disney theme parks around the world.

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Actors & Characters

Tommy Sands Tommy Sands Tom Piper Tom Piper
Ray Bolger Ray Bolger Barnaby Barnaby
Annette Funicello Annette Funicello Mary Contrary Mary Contrary
Tommy Kirk Tommy Kirk Grumio Grumio
Gene Sheldon Gene Sheldon Roderigo Roderigo
Ann Jillian Ann Jillian Bo Peep Bo Peep
Ed Wynn Ed Wynn Toymaker Toymaker
Kevin Corcoran Kevin Corcoran Boy Blue Boy Blue
Henry Calvin Henry Calvin Gonzorgo Gonzorgo
Brian Corcoran Brian Corcoran Willie Winkie Willie Winkie

Staff

Edward Colman Cinematography
Jack Donohue Director
Robert Stafford Editor
George Bruns Music
Victor Herbert Music
Mel Leven Music
Walt Disney Producer
Ward Kimball Writer
Lowell S. Hawley Writer
Joe Rinaldi Writer
Glen MacDonough Writer
Anna Alice Chapin Writer