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Film / Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme

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Pictured: A normal day in Rhymeland.

A Made-for-TV Movie that aired on the Disney Channel back in 1990, this stars Gordon, a seemingly normal kid who wakes up to discover that he is the son of Mother Goose (played by Jean Stapleton), and that he lives in the magical Rhymeland. Gordon meets up with Little Bo Peep (played by Shelley Duvall) as they later team up to rescue his mother. Along the way, they meet up with several other familiar "Rhymies", or nursery rhyme characters, played by an All-Star Cast.


This film contains examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The scene with Peter Piper and his Pickled Pepper Patch. Gordon and Bo start to use alliteration along with him.
  • The Cameo: Jessica Rabbit makes a cameo appearance in the movie. She is seen coming out of the three blind mice's office
  • Canon Welding: Itsy Bitsy Spider is the same spider that scared Little Miss Muffet.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Old King Cole (Little Richard) sends Gordon to the dungeon for "bumming him out".
  • Fish-Eye Lens: Just about every scene uses one.
  • Fairy Tale Free-for-All: Several famous nursery rhyme characters show up in this film.
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball: In the cut version, the song played when Gordon was in the dungeon had this.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Humpty Dumpty.
  • It's All My Fault: Little Bo Peep thinks this when they were unable to find Mother Goose.
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  • Jump Scare: Happy #1 and 2 pop up in front of Gordon in the dungeon.
  • Monochrome to Color: When Gordon visits the Three Blind Mice's office, the scene is in black and white.
  • Murphy's Bed: When the Itsy Bitsy Spider appears in Little Miss Muffet's house, Little Miss Muffet screams and lies on her bed, which goes into the wall.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    Gordon: Another. Perfect. Day.
  • Re-Cut: Three different versions.
    • The VHS cut, which is the original.
    • The Disney Channel cut, which shifts some scenes around, cuts others for time, and adds extra background music to fill in silent parts.
    • The Shelley Duvall's Rock n' Rhymeland cut, which is similar to the above.
  • Road Trip Plot: The main plot has both Gordon and Bo Peep driving around Rhymeland to find both Mother Goose and the missing sheep.
  • Running Gag: Bo and Gordon running into the Three Men in a Tub (ZZ Top) and trying to direct them to Little Miss Muffet's tuffet.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: The entire movie is this, with many celebrities who hadn't done any works for children before playing the roles of the Rhymies. For most of them, this was the only time they would appear in something for kids.
  • Tickle Torture: Happy #1 and 2 tickle Gordon with feathers.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Gordon turns out to be the very first "Rhymie" Mother Goose created, whom she chose to raise as her own son after the rhyme didn't turn out all the good.


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