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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 produced by the now defunct Think Entertainment 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.
  • Berserk Button: Old King Cole flips his lid when the word "serious" is used in his presence.
  • 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.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Old King Cole tells Little Bo Peep that Mother Goose must still be in Rhymeland because if she left, its citizens would disappear. And then everybody in the room except for Old King Cole and Little Bo Peep fade from existence, proving she is right.
  • Delivery Stork: Alluded to when the Old Woman who Lives in a Shoe speculates that the stork being fond of her is why she has so many children.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Old King Cole (Little Richard) sends Gordon to the dungeon for "bumming him out".
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: After Gordon gets out of the dungeon, he lets Little Bo Peep drive again, telling her he's had too much to laugh.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Bo Peep likes to drive in reverse and often crashes into things (at one point Gordon compares the experience to being on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride). It's not long until Gordon refuses to ride with her unless he is the one driving (eventually letting her drive again after having too much to laugh in the dungeon).
  • 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 won't stop making egg-related puns, much to Gordon's irritation.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Peter Piper criticizes Gordon and Bo for speaking in alliterations when he was speaking that way in the first place.
  • It's All My Fault: Little Bo Peep thinks this when they were unable to find Mother Goose.
  • Jump Scare: Happy #1 and 2 pop up in front of Gordon in the dungeon.
  • Least Rhymable Word: In the beginning of the film, Mother Goose asks her son Gordon to give a rhyme for "orange".
  • Limited Wardrobe: At the beginning, Gordon looks in his closet and all of his shirts and pants are the same as each other.
  • 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.
  • Really Gets Around: Implied with The Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe, who tells her kids to wait until their father's get home, implying that they don't all have the same father, but subverted in that she tells Gordon the stork has a crush on her.
  • 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.
  • Sweet Sheep: Lou the Sheep from "Mary Had A Little Lamb" plays with this trope who is now a grown sheep. He's now a wise-cracking, cigar chomping sheep who has a deep Brooklyn accent. He does have the hots for one of Bo Peep's female sheep that she is seen searching throughout the movie. Mary even reminiscences the days when Lou was a cute and sweet little lamb before growing up to becoming the opposite of his young self.
  • 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.