Growing up, I was enamored with the classic movies and shows of Disney. I'm not just talking about the animated feats of films like Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella; I'm also talking about all the live-action fare -- the original Mickey Mouse Club and flicks like The Parent Trap, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Summer Magic, and of course, Babes in Toyland -- the Disney remake of Victor Herbert's operetta and the Laurel and Hardy version in 1934. Now this flick wasn't a total Christmas movie, but considering the fact that part of it concerns making toys in Toyland for Christmas, it always rested in my collection of Santa flicks that were pulled out every year.

It was the 1960s, and Babes in Toyland dealt with a fantasy land where fairy tales and children's rhymes came to life, and inventions followed one's imagination, rather than scientific law. In this world, some people live in shoes, Little Bo Peep tends to her sheep, and Jack likes jumping over his candlestick. Mary Contrary (Annette Funicello) and Tom Piper (Tommy Sands) are two young "lovers" about to get married, although they haven't even shared a kiss. Every time Tom tries, Mary diverts his lippy attention, whether with a subtle turn of the head, or a...carnation? Nevertheless, this couple is to be married the next day.
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