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Who knew Her Majesty could host a garden party for the kids? And not to mention a full-blown panto!

"Ladies and gentlemen, and children everywhere, as been so evident this afternoon, British children's literature has been for many years an extraordinary success story. And I am glad that we have been able to celebrate this great achievement here at Buckingham Palace."
Queen Elizabeth II

So, you're HM The Queen. How are you going to celebrate your 80th birthday? By using your gaff to host a Massive Multiplayer Crossover for the kids of course. And don't forget the many characters from literature created in the United Kingdom. They want to be included, even the most devious ones of all...

The Children's Party at the Palace was a 2006 event in the UK where 2,000 children and 1,000 adults, chosen by national ballot, were invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace hosted by none other than Her Majesty herself. One of the attractions was a Pantomime, called The Queen's Handbag, where characters from the past 100 years of children's literature hunt the Queen's lost handbag, so that she can get her reading glasses back and deliver her closing speech. Most scenes were filmed on a stage resembling a smaller replica of the Palace, whilst other scenes were filmed in separate studio sets and inside the actual Palace itself (yes, really!). It was also televised on the BBC. It originally had a full YouTube upload, but unfortunately, the channel who uploaded it was terminated, and therefore was deleted (due to something completely unrelated to this film)note 


Provides examples of:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: The Queen. None of the characters...not even the Baddies seem to have a strong hatred for her; the latter just despise the children. Although the Pirate Queen and the Grand High Witch hinted that they should belong in a palace, which meant that the Queen would probably be replaced, as well as Burglar Bill stealing the handbag, they did not outright say they disliked her (they could've meant that they should live with the Queen there). Well the Queen's the Queen, so of course all the characters will straight up adore, or at least respect her, though one of the Baddies stole her handbag. But it could just be because they wanted to sabotage the party due to those "brats".
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Pretty much what the entire film is about. The Queen hosts a party at her palace to celebrate not just her 80th birthday, but also the history of British children's literature (though this production took place in June, Her Majesty's actual birthday was two months earlier). First, she forgets to take her handbag with her, which stores her reading glasses for her speech (and not to mention the speech itself was in the bag too), and the Baddies briefly kidnap Postman Pat as he almost sends the letters off to the Goodies. Then the Baddies sabotage her party by blocking the Goodies from reaching the Palace at the London Underground and almost got to slipping a potion in her cake (turns out there wasn't even a cake to begin with). It all eventually leads to Burglar Bill snatching it in the Palace and the duo of Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker actually baking a cake for the children with the Grand High Witch's mouse-changing potion as one of the ingredients, but thankfully, neither succeeded as Her Majesty eventually got her bag back and the potion had no effect. No wonder the Queen looked a tad miffed as she watched the show from the Royal Box.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • Lampshaded with Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt, as he sports hair in this play and even mentions that he was in his "corpulent, sexy glory".
    • Cruella de Vil, if you compare her to her animated Walt Disney counterpart or live action film counterpart. In this play she's more faithful to her original novel version, with her stylish caped dress and very much not messy hair (except after she dealt with the Queen's corgis).
  • Alliterative Name: Applies to a few characters.
    • Horrid Henry
    • The Child-Catcher
  • An Aesop: This play revolves around them. Even a book cover of Aesop's Fables makes a background appearance at The London Underground.
    "Always be nice on the way home, because you may meet the same people coming down!"
    Unnamed feline character
    ''"A bad workman always blames his tools!"
    Robin Hood
    Burglar Bill: But just like every good story needs magic, every good story needs baddies!
    White Rabbit: (to Mr. Plod) Yeah, that’s right! With no baddies, you’d be out of the job!
  • And Another Thing...: After Cruella's chaperone announces his resignation.
    Chaperone: Oh, and one more thing...
    Cruella: Yes, traitor?!
    Chaperone: I'm going vegan!
  • Anti-Hero:
  • Arc Words: Both magic spells used to summon the Queen's handbag.
    "Accio lost handbag!"
    Harry Potter
    "Accio Her Majesty's handbag!"
    The audience
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Downplayed. Just because they weren't invited, the Baddies did three important things: steal the Queen's bag, ambush the Goodies at The London Underground, a potion in a cake that is only meant to cause a Baleful Polymorph but turns out to have no effect whatsoever.
  • As Himself: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip play themselves in this film.
  • As Long as There is Evil: Both a Baddie and a Goodie prove to Mr. Plod that antagonists are there for a reason.
    Burglar Bill: Yeah, but just like every good story needs magic, every good story needs Baddies.
    White Rabbit: Yeah, that's right! With no Baddies, you'd be out of the job!
  • Ash Face: All the dancing chimney sweepers at the beginning of the play have this.
  • Ax-Crazy: Taken Up to Eleven with Cruella de Vil, who's obsessed with dogs and turning them into clothing, and the Grand High Witch, who is very fanatical about doing bad things to children like boiling them in a cauldron. Good God, those two...
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Cruella de Vil. She's threatened to turn Jess into mittens and the Queen’s corgis into a fur coat.
  • Balcony Speech: Her Majesty gives this out in the end on the stage.
  • Bald of Evil: The Child-Catcher.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Subverted. The Grand High Witch’s potion (which is most likely the Formula 86 Delayed-Action Mouse-Maker from her story) in the cake was supposed to turn whoever eats from it into a mouse...but it failed.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Cruella de Vil and the Grand High Witch.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Especially do not mess with Tracy Beaker. Unless you want to be bombarded with snarkiness.
    • Even the Baddies have one. Never utter the words "tick tock" towards Captain Hook!
  • Beware of Vicious Dog: The corgis surely tore Cruella de Vil up (not literally)! However, the corgis shown on-stage said otherwise despite Cruella saying they "tore and yapped" along with her hair being in a wreck, as they weren't acting aggressive at all, but calm instead.
  • Beyond Redemption:
    Mary: You don't think...they'll mind the Baddies...not being asked? You don't think we'll hurt their feelings?
    Mr. Tibbs: Baddies don't have feelings, Mary. Only impulses.
    Mary: You don't think we'll hurt their impulses?
    Mr. Tibbs: I'll hurt your impulse if you don't get a move on.
  • Big Bad: Cruella de Vil, as leader of the Baddies.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: If you're also counting Burglar Bill, the Pirate Queen, and the Grand High Witch, as they also had major roles in the play and had their own plans to sabotage the Queen's party, such as (respectfully), steal the handbag, prevent the Goodies from reaching the Palace, and poison the cake.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Goodies rush in from both sides once Burglar Bill teleports on stage with the handbag to rescue it from his clutches.
  • Big "NO!": Captain Hook when being chased by the Gruffalo.
  • Black-and-White Morality: It's obvious. Goodies vs Baddies, as this play shows.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Downplayed. It's obvious that the Queen is simply farsighted and needs those glasses to read her speech, unless they're also bifocals.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: More like PULVERISING the fourth wall!
    • All the characters are self aware that they're from different children’s books.
    • At the picture gallery of Buckingham Palace, after locking a set of doors to not let anymore characters inside, the Child-Catcher looks at the viewers and shrugs, saying "Whatever".
    • The fourth wall is especially destroyed when Mr. Plod and the Famous Five inspect all the handbags of the audience, finding out if one of them is actually the Queen's. None of them are.
  • Card Carrying Jerk Ass: All of the Baddies know they’re jerks and are proud of it. They even take it to where they would end up Breaking the Fourth Wall that a story isn’t a story without Baddies.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The Baddies' Club know darn well they're villains, and they're proud of that.
  • Character Exaggeration: Pretty much all the villains' personalities are flanderized to fit this theatrical production. If you compare them to, say, their Disney adaptation versions (if they have one, since most of them do), you can see how.
    • Unlike in the Disney adaptation of The Hundred and One Dalmatians , Cruella de Vil seems to be a lot more refined and snobbish and less erratic in this theatrical production. The way her hairstyle looks and her outfit are pretty much dead giveaways.
  • Chase Fight: It's also a MacGuffin Melee. When Burglar Bill appears, the Goodies immediately rush in and chase him down in order to save the Queen's handbag. It eventually turns into a Kneel, Push, Trip situation and the handbag is eventually saved.
  • Chase Scene: It's brief, but after Burglar Bill is summoned thanks to the "Accio Her Majesty's handbag" spell, the Goodies chase him off before successfully surrounding him, ending in his defeat and the handbag to end up safe in the hands of Tracy Beaker.
  • Child Eater: The Grand High Witch literally said to "boil their bones and fry their skin", as in cooking children!
  • Child Hater: Ambiguous for most Baddies, played straight for the Grand High Witch and the Child Catcher, but subverted for Cruella. Pretty much a lot of the storybook villains have shown their hatred for kids, though Cruella explicitly stated that they're villains because the stories for the kids would be complete.
    Child-Catcher: I...hate children! Smelly creatures!
    Audience: (jeering)
    Grand High Witch: Down with children! Do them in! Boil their bones and fry their skin!
    Audience: (jeering)
    Grand High Witch: Make them put their toys away or sell their Gameboys on eBay!
    Villains: (laughing)
  • Cross-Cast Role: Peter Pan is played by an actress, Kacey Ainsworth.
  • Crossover: Features characters from more than one certain work.
  • Cruella to Animals: Cruella de Vil turns animals into clothing and even threatened to turn Jess and the corgis into them.
  • Curtain Call: Near the end of the "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" musical number, all the characters come together on stage and bow to the audience before the grand finale.
  • Dance Party Ending: Downplayed as it happens near the actual ending, but all the characters break out in song and dance after Mary Poppins and the other characters from her story arrive. Even the villains join them!
  • Decoy Protagonist: The actual main protagonist turns out to be Tracy Beaker.
  • Dark Is Evil: All the villains have dark colour schemes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oh, where to begin.
    • Tracy Beaker and sometimes her friends (as shown when they doubt being invited to the Queen's shindig because the people at the Palace wouldn't invite "losers"). She's very snarky to the point where she successfully wards the Child-Catcher off from luring her into a trap like what happened with Horrid Henry and where she shows a lot of sass towards Mr. Plod when he gets suspicious about her group and the Famous Five showing up at the same time.
    • Mr. Plod is inherently snarky as well, especially when he encounters the Famous Five and Tracy Beaker’s group of friends at the same time.
    • Cruella's chauffeur also has a sense of humour, though it's mostly aimed at himself being an Extreme Doormat.
    • Captain Hook's sense of humour is especially colourful, often using the strangest things as insults and expressions.
  • Eleven O'Clock Number: Sort of downplayed. "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" was there when the loose ends were already tied up; the storybook characters successfully saved the handbag from Burglar Bill. But it wasn't until the end of the song when the Queen and Prince Philip showed up.
  • Evil Brit: OH GOD!!
    • Averted for the Grand High Witch and the Child-Catcher, however, as they speak in German accents.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Some time after Mr. Tibbs passed the leashed corgis over to Cruella de Vil, when she came back with them, she had a Villainous Breakdown over the corgis aggressively biting at her (though the corgis appear to be completely calm). Apparently the corgis are just like the Dalmatians.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Applies to most of the Baddies since this is a Pantomime, after all, but Anthony Head as Captain Hook takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: The Baddies' Club may bicker with each other at times, but most of the time they all somehow get along. They all worked together to sabotage the shindig via three certain ways. All of them failed, however, but one of them almost succeeded.
  • Evil Laugh: Sometimes the Baddies’ Club break out into laughter after they come up with something clever or downright hilarious. Especially Cruella de Vil, who often laughs like mad when she's not a Giggling Villain.
  • Evil Wears Black: Many of the villain characters wear black. The Grand High Witch and the Child-Catcher are examples of this trope.
  • Evil Will Fail: According to the Goodies, there is no children's story where evil wins in the end.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The title itself, though rather downplayed. It technically is part of a children's party on the grounds of Buckingham Palace that happened back in 2006, celebrating both the Queen and years of children’s literature.
  • The Fashionista: Cruella de Vil, as shown by both her appearance and personality. She especially takes a liking to clothing items made out of the fur and hides of pets.
  • Fat and Skinny: Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Many of the characters from literature 50+ years old seem to be those fish. Even the Grand High Witch mentioned about "selling children’s Gameboys" even though that handheld has been obsolete for nearly fifteen years when the stage production was filmed note .
  • Fish out of Water: Pretty much all the storybook characters. No wonder Sophie Raworth said they're all strangely-dressed.
  • Flowers of Romance: Subverted, as the bouquet was not because of romantic affection. Jane and Michael present the Queen with a bouquet of roses at the end of the film. Truth in Television though, as children in real life often give bouquets when meeting Her Majesty and other female royals.
  • Flowery Insults: Between Robin Hood and Captain Hook.
    Captain Hook: Pish! I ain't afraid of you; you dress like a fitness instructor who lives in a tree!
    Captain Hook: You and me, leotard boy!
    Robin Hood: I'm not afraid of you, spaniel-head!
    Audience: (laughing)
    Captain Hook: Monster's carbuncle!
    Robin Hood: Uh...weasel-face!
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Pretty much whoever's on stage. Especially at the beginning with Sophie Dahl and the Fat Controller briefly interacting with the audience.
  • Friend to All Children: There are a few.
    • Mary Poppins counts as one, both straight from her novel and in this production!
    • The Queen is a clear example as well. Why else would she host a party for her and the kiddos?
  • Fur and Loathing: Surprisingly averted for Cruella de Vil, as she does not appear to wear a fur coat, rather a cloak with a zebra and Dalmatian-like print.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The title is often abbreviated as "CPATP".
  • Gasp!: Cruella after her chaperone announces his resignation...and goes vegan.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The Pirate Queen. Although she is nowhere like a traditional queen, she is still one because she's the leader of the pirates and her title says so.
  • Harmless Villain: Subverted for some of the villains, whilst others are averted note . Their plans aren't even that devious compared to some of their mentioned intents, just sabotaging the Queen's party.
  • Heel–Face Turn: This is rather a funny case. It appears all the storybook villains undergo this near the end of the play (they applaud with the Goodies when the Queen shows up and finds her glasses in her bag), though they already had their reasons on why they're villains. But it could be because it's all part of the play and that their evil plans were just staged for the performance. Mr. Tibbs's statement on how the Baddies have "impulses" instead of feelings might as well be an opinion she has for them.
  • The High Queen: Her Majesty. She and the Pirate Queen are the only two queens (and monarchs in general) featured in this film, with Elizabeth II being the good one of the two. In fact, she's so benevolent that even the Baddies are implied to have a soft spot towards her (they only said about disliking the Goodies and children, with the Queen excluded).
  • I Am Very British: Majority of the characters speak in refined British accents (of course, since this is a British production after all), with the exception of Burglar Bill (who speaks in a Cockney accent), the Grand High Witch, and the Child Catcher (the latter two speaking in German ones).
  • Inescapable Net: Downplayed. Horrid Henry is trapped in a net by the Child Catcher and has trouble getting it off him, until Tracy Beaker helps him out of it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: This is implied because the Baddies said that the reason for their wrongdoings in the plot is because they have to create a conflict for the story, just so they can entertain the kids (even though two of them outright said they hated children).
    Cruella de Vil: Without us, my darlings, how would the Goodies be good? There'd be no stories at all for the children! What would my book be without Cruella? My goodness, what a lot of Dalmatians, the end. Boring!
    • Also even though the Goodies think (or is believed to think) the villains are Jerks With Hearts of Jerk, the villains don’t seem to have a hatred towards the Queen, only the attendees of her party. Which is why they were all jealous of not being invited to the party, and that Burglar Bill only stole the handbag, not kidnap the Queen. Guess they have a soft spot, after all!
      • Even at the end when the Queen pulls out her glasses and speech from her handbag, the villains applaud!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Even Mr. Tibbs said that the villains have no feelings, but impulses instead note .
    • Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker bake a cake for the Goodies so they can trick them into making the Baddies allies and forgiving them, with the Grand High Witch secretly putting her potion in it. This trickery nearly worked...except the potion had no effect on the characters.
  • Jerkass: Literally every single villain of this production.
  • The Klutz: Horrid Henry. He even breaks a ceramic vase at Buckingham Palace.
  • Kneel, Push, Trip: How Burglar Bill is defeated - Just William kneels down behind him, then Horrid Henry pushes him over, and finally he's dogpiled by the Lost Boys.
  • Lean and Mean: Many of the villains, especially Aunt Spiker, the Grand High Witch, and the Child-Catcher.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The White Rabbit. In this theatrical production he is a “face character” rather than a mascot costume performer.
    • Also an unnamed cat character with Edwardian-style attire, who tells the Pirate Queen An Aesop at the London Underground.
  • Living Statue: Several of these dance around the Victoria Memorial during the "Chim Chim Cher-ee" segment.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There's over a dozen literature characters though only a few of them get prominent roles. Oh, and look at the list of literature works the characters come from and you won't be surprised how many there are.
  • Look Behind You: The characters tell Captain Hook that someone else is approaching him from behind. Hook thinks that everyone is trying to fool him into running from a crocodile who's behind him...but it was actually the Gruffalo pursuing him!
  • MacGuffin: The Queen’s handbag.
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission: The plot is about finding the Queen’s handbag, which was originally looked after by Mary and Mr. Tibbs after Her Majesty forgot to take it with her. It eventually gets stolen by Burglar Bill until the protagonists get in a MacGuffin Melee with him and successfully rescue the bag, with Tracy Beaker returning it to the Queen.
  • MacGuffin Melee: Happens near the end where the Goodies successfully obtain the handbag from Burglar Bill.
  • Makeup Is Evil: Many of the female villains wear noticeably dark makeup.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: The Child-Catcher. If he had an English accent like some of the other characters he would’ve been a Quintessential British Gentleman. He's also probably wealthy from catching all those kids as his name suggests.
  • Massive Multi Player Crossover: Let's see, there's Tracy Beaker, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Grand High Witch of All the World, Noddy, Mr. Plod, and the goblin duo Gobbo and Sly from The Noddy Books, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, Burglar Bill, Cruella de Vil, Harry Potter and his friends, Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Thomas the Tank Engine and the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt, etc. Not to mention cameo characters, like Angelina Ballerina, Paddington, Postman Pat, Fireman Sam, Rupert, Peter Rabbit, Horrid Henry, Kipper, Spot the Dog, Dennis and Gnasher, Winnie-the-Pooh, Just William, The Gruffalo, and The Famous Five.
  • Meaningful Name: Many characters have this.
    • The Child-Catcher, as he...well...catches children.
    • Horrid Henry. He's a rude little terror, making him an Anti-Hero.
    • Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, named after their physiques as being the Fat and Skinny duo.
    • Cruella de Vil. Her name is based on both "cruel" and "devil".
    • The Pirate Queen, because she's the queen of the pirates.
    • Captain Hook. He's got a hook in place of one of his hands.
    • Burglar Bill. He's a burglar, and he especially shows it when he breaks into Buckingham Palace and steals the Queen's handbag.
  • Meganekko: Uh...does the Queen count as one? note 
  • Mouse Trap: Whilst checking the handbags summoned by Harry Potter, Ron Weasley gets his finger stuck in a mousetrap that was inside one of them.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Any of the Baddies' names or just the word "Baddie" in general.
    • Both the crocodile and the Gruffalo, in the case of Captain Hook.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: The corgis that Cruella de Vil deals with.
  • Near-Villain Victory: The Pirate Queen and her pirates failed to keep the Goodies at bay, the Grand High Witch didn't find any cake in the palace to spike, Cruella got pummeled by the corgis…but at least Burglar Bill got the handbag.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted. “Die” is used in the literal tense by Robin Hood to Captain Hook when they both duel.
  • Newscaster Cameo: Fiona Bruce in her capacity as presenter of Crimewatch UK.
  • Nice Guy: Just William.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If Mr. Tibbs and/or Mary kept a watchful eye on the handbag in the Palace's ballroom, then Burglar Bill wouldn't have stolen it.
  • No Indoor Voice: Apparently the majority of the characters with the exception of Tracy Beaker lack an indoor voice. Oh, especially the Baddies with their Incoming Ham introductions.
  • No Name Given: Many of the minor characters do not have known names such as the many Lost Boys and pirates, as well as the maid of Buckingham Palace.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Subverted. Mary tells Mr. Tibbs that they might hurt the villains' feelings if they don't invite them, but he replies that they do not have feelings, but impulses instead.
  • Obviously Evil: The Baddies’ Club. They're even self aware that they’re villains from literature!
  • One Dose Fits All: The Grand High Witch's potion that was placed in the cake was said to turn people into mice whenever they consume it.
  • Only Sane Woman: Tracy Beaker and her friends. Even Tracy admits that everyone seems to be "in a sugar rush" as everyone tries to look for the Queen's bag. They could pretty much blend in with other people since they're not part of the "strangely-dressed" group of people Sophie Raworth mentioned; they just look like normal people.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Mr. Plod seems to be zigzagging from speaking in a British accent to an American one.
  • Opening Ballet: The chimney sweepers singing and dancing on-stage to "Step in Time" before the Fat Controller shows up on Thomas with Sophie Dahl tagging along.
  • Operation: [Blank]: The Pirate Queen calls the Baddies' plan to crash the party as "Operation: Party Poop".
  • Priceless Ming Vase: When Horrid Henry tries to open a cabinet at Buckingham Palace, a vase that was atop it falls down and shatters.
  • Real Person Cameo: There are many.
    • Sophie Dahl, who is Roald Dahl’s granddaughter, narrates a passage from The BFG. She also takes the role as her namesake character from said book.
    • Harry Hill, as the Prime Minister's personal owl keeper.
    • Prince Philip.
    • AAAAAND...the Queen!
  • Real-Place Background: It's blatantly obvious. Some scenes were actually filmed inside the actual Buckingham Palace.
  • Recycled Soundtrack:
    • Guess the soundtrack from Pirates of the Caribbean was borrowed. The theme heard during the pirate battle at London Underground happens to be "He’s a Pirate" and the battle at Buckingham Palace is yet another theme from the film.
    • Also the Angelina Ballerina theme plays when the titular mouse dances.
    • "Step in Time", "Chim Chim Cheree", and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins.
  • Revenge Is a Dish Best Served: In order to get revenge on the children for not being invited to the party (and because she absolutely despises children), the Grand High Witch planned to sabotage the party by putting her potion that causes a Baleful Polymorph in the Queen's cake until she took a peek in the palace to find that there is none.
  • Rhymes on a Dime:
    • Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker with "Success, success! The royal party is a royal mess!"
    • The Grand High Witch with "The Goodies will bite, and in a trice, quick as a flash, will turn into mice!"
  • Rich Bitch: Cruella de Vil, as she owns a successful company that specializes in scarves and coats made of real animal fur.
  • Rule of Three: The “Hip hip hooray” cheers to the Queen, initiated by the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The Baddies were jealous that they were not invited to the party like the Goodies have. So, they've decided to break the rules by not only crashing the shindig, but sabotage it.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Captain Hook and the Child-Catcher.
  • Shout-Out: There are way too many of them.
    • Disney may have gotten one since many of the characters from books they made film adaptations of have recurring roles in this play Click to expand .
      • Cruella de Vil resembles her Disney counterpart when she is shown with her hair in a wreck after dealing with the corgis.
    • When Cruella de Vil approaches Mr. Tibbs looking after the leashed corgis, she takes a look at them and says "Coochie-poochie, perfect for Gucci!"
    • Gandalf from Lord of the Rings is mentioned by Mr. Plod when he tells Harry Hill that they shouldn't depend on "underage wizards" to help the Queen get her handbag back and that he should've written to him instead.
    • Several other literature characters are mentioned as Burglar Bill reads the names of the invitations, though they never made an appearance in the play Click to expand .
    • This play draws parallels to My Little Pony's Generation 3 musical, The World's Biggest Tea Party, because both have similar plots (they both revolve around some sort of royal party and retrieving a MacGuffin, WBTP being the How-To Book and teapot and CPTATP being the Queen’s handbag). This play is basically WBTP but with more Brits and less ponies. Not surprising because both plays occurred around the same year (However, this play happens to get higher ratings than WBTP).
    • The Arctic Monkeys is mentioned by Cruella.
    Cruella: And don’t fiddle with the CD player. I don't want to come back to find you've been busting the Arctic Monkeys in there again!
    • The classic Nursery Rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep" is referenced by Cruella’s chaperone.
    Chaperone: Three bags full, madam.
    • Yet another nursery rhyme is referenced, this time it’s "Three Little Kittens", by Cruella when she looks at Jess, Postman Pat’s cat.
    Cruella: Which is a shame, because kittens mean mittens!
    • Elton John is mentioned by Cruella.
    Cruella: Oh, it’s Elton John’s wedding all over again! And I sent him such a lovely scarf.
    • The Game Boy is mentioned by the Grand High Witch, as she said to "sell them on eBay"note .
    • Several posters of various literature are seen in the London Underground Click to expand .
    • Prince Harry is mentioned by Tracy Beaker when she takes the net off of Horrid Henry, mistaking him for the prince mentioned. The constant mentioning of other Royal Family members is Played for Laughs.
    Tracy: [gasps] Are you Prince Harry?!
    Horrid Henry: No. I’m Henry. Dad calls me Horrid Henry. [sticks tongue out]
    Tracy: Oh, I can see why...
    • Even Prince William is mentioned by Tracy after she answers the door at Buckingham Palace, mistaking Just William for him.
    Tracy: Who’s there?
    Just William: William!
    Tracy: Prince William?! [opens door]
    Just William: No, just William!
    • Whilst not mentioned by its actual name, the “Formula 86 Delayed-Action Mouse-Maker” is used in the Queen’s cake by the Grand High Witch to turn the children into mice when they eat from it.
    • The infamous sneak-in of Michael Fagan at Buckingham Palace that happened back in 1980 is mentioned by Mary.
    Mary: No. Oh, unless you’re a comic in a dress or a man sitting on the edge of her bed!
    • The Horrid Henry episode, “Horrid Henry Meets the Queen” is referenced when Henry wonders about where the Queen’s “hi-def mega-screen telly” is.
  • Slippery MacGuffin: The handbag was caught in multiple hands ever since Her Majesty forgot to take it with her, first being stolen by Burglar Bill, then confiscated by Mr. Plod, and finally given to Tracy Beaker so that she can return it to the Queen.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The theme of The Monkees plays as Rupert Bear, Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, Kipper, and others search for the handbag throughout Buckingham Palace Gardens.
  • Speak in Unison: Happens a couple of times.
    • The Famous Five introducing themselves.
    "We’re not invited to the Queen’s party!"
    All villains except Cruella de Vil
    "No specs, no speech!"
    All villains except Burglar Bill
    "Baddies, to work! Let’s do our worst!"
    All villains
    "We know you’ve got the handbag!"
    All villains except Burglar Bill
    "It’s unfair, and we Baddies don’t like it!"
    All villains
  • Spock Speak: Downplayed for Robin Hood on multiple occasions.
  • Sudden Musical Ending: Subverted. There was in fact a musical number with "Chim Chim Che-ree" and "Step In Time" at the beginning, but no other song in the middle of the play. Of course, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidicious" is the ending song, with every character dancing like they're in any other musical play.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Averted, as the potion is not lethal and actually had no effect on the characters anyway. The Grand High Witch planned to put her potion in the Queen's birthday cake which would turn the children into mice when they eat the slices from it...until she found out that there was no cake to begin with. Eventually the villains made their own cake, which she put her potion in. Turned out that the potion had no effect on the characters. This overlaps with One Dose Fits All.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Cruella de Vil's chaperone originally worked for her so he could take her to the Baddies' hideout at the Palace so she and the other Baddies can discuss about their plan to sabotage the party. However, as Cruella hands him over the corgis so he could butcher them for their fur, he decides not only to not do that, but also resign and use his reward given to him from Her Majesty to do some good.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: This film doesn't go into Sugar Bowl levels that often, though it is mostly a lighthearted romp with a whole bunch of characters originating from children's literature of the UK. All the villains are pretty devious in nature, yet their plan is rather lukewarm at most, because they're only stealing the Queen's handbag, not the Queen herself, as well as dealing with the corgis and slipping a potion in the cake. However, some of them have mentioned seriously malicious intents such as boiling and frying children, especially the Grand High Witch and Cruella de Vil. It adds to the fact that they're all stuck in a light-hearted, playful, sugary royal romp whilst being watched by the Queen herself (who did not look amused at all. Guess she's also cross that she's stuck in a saccharine show, but it could actually be because she had to put up with her husband's comments.).
  • Villainous Breakdown: Cruella de Vil after dealing with the Queen's corgis.
    "HORRIBLE LITTLE MONSTERS! They snarl and snap, pull and yap! Why does anyone like these in their skins?"
    • Oh, and especially when she shows off her animal Cruella-ty towards her chaperone afterwards when handing over the corgis.
    "You! Take 'em! Kill 'em! Harvest their fur! Hahahahaha!"
  • Villainous Fashion Sense: Many of the villains have surprisingly amazing fashion sense as implied by their outfits. Cruella de Vil and the Grand High Witch are examples of this trope.
  • We Interrupt This Program: The BBC occasionally "interrupts" the film to report on shenanigans that happen on the Palace grounds as if they were real events.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: What all the Goodies thought when invited to the party, without any knowledge that the Queen forgot her handbag...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Nobody except Horrid Henry and Just William noticed the Priceless Ming Vase that shattered into pieces on the ground due to the former's clumsiness. Since the sound of shattering porcelain can ring out for several feet a staff member of Buckingham Palace would've probably noticed it, and that means Henry (or William) would be caught red-handed. But there wasn't. There wasn't even a scene where someone would attempt to fix the vase or clean up the fragments of it.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: The Grand High Witch and the Child-Catcher have accents that are close to a German one.
  • Wicked Cultured: Cruella de Vil. She's a refined but devious lady who wanted nothing more than to turn animals into fur coats. She also made a lot of Shout-Outs to British media whilst she's at it.

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Fight For the Queen's Handbag

When Burglar Bill appears thanks to the "Accio Her Majestyâs handbag" spell, the Goodies immediately start rushing in to obtain the MacGuffin: the Queen's handbag, from him.

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