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Babes in Toyland is a 1997 Animated Musical directed by Don Bluth's brother Toby Bluth, very, very loosely based on the original operetta.

Orphan siblings Jack and Jill are sent to Toyland to live with their Evil Uncle Barnaby Crookedman three days before Christmas. Though initially reluctant to take the kids, he agrees once he learns that they brought money with them to help pay for their care, intending to use it to further his own plans, and tosses them in his dusty attic. In the mean time, Tom Piper returns from the North Pole with a sizable order of toy soldiers for the local toy factory to produce in very little time.

Barnaby, who doesn't believe in toys or Christmas spirit, plots to sabotage Tom and factory owner, Mary Lamb, by attempting to buy the factory with Jack and Jill's money. When that fails, he hires mooks to vandalize the place. Jack and Jill make a couple of attempts to escape and help Tom and Mary but end up needing to be rescued when Barnaby gets fed up with them and abandons them in the Goblin Forest. With the help of said Goblins, he leads an attack on Toyland resulting in chaos. With everything crashing down around them, Tom and Mary need to work together to save their factory and town from destruction.


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  • Animated Musical: Just like the original film.
  • Award-Bait Song: Two: "Dream" and "It's You".
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Barnaby's henchmen, Gonzargo and Roderigo.
  • Disney Death: Humpty Dumpty is dropped off of a bridge by Barnaby, but is repaired by Tom at the end.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Barnaby. He delights in how mean he is and takes being called "crooked" and "twisted" as compliments.
  • Fear Song: "The Worst Is Yet To Come" starts out as a Villain Song, as Rodrigo and Gonzargo, who are taking the kid heroes to the land of goblins, taunt the kids about their imminent deaths. But it becomes a sort of musical Oh, Crap! moment near the end as Rodrigo and Gonzargo start to realize that, by entering the goblins' territory, they've put themselves in danger too.
    Rodrigo: Your nerves are jarred, your heart beats hard,
    Gonzargo: Like a kettle drum!
    Rodrigo: You're hearing shrieks and eerie squeaks!
    Gonzargo: Where is that one coming from?!
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  • Freudian Excuse: According to his Villain Song, Barnaby is evil because he never had toys as a child.
  • Illegal Guardian
  • Insult Backfire: Being a typical Card-Carrying Villain, Barnaby tends to take adjectives like "crooked" and "twisted" as the kindest of compliments.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: It's implied that Mary loves Tom partially because he reminds her of her father.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Unlike in most versions, here, Barnaby has a full name (his last name is crookedman).
  • Off-Model: The animation is extremely inconsistent. The shape of characters' heads tends to shift from scene to scene as well as their eyes, which sometimes spazz out and change direction or cross. There is also a misspelling on one of the calendar pages that surround Tom during the factory song. Instead if "Two days left," it reads "Two days leet."
  • Simpleton Voice: Gonzargo
  • Sugar Bowl: Toyland is a magical happy fun place full of friendly fairy tale characters and darn near everything has a face.
  • Sweet Sheep: Sheep and lambs are spotted working at the toy factory and are seen working on the hats for other toys. One lamb is seen witnessing Gonzargo and Roderigo (disguised as sheep) acting suspicious at the toy factory. The same lamb would later reappear during the film's climax as the factory is on fire. However, a grown ram quickly takes notice of Gonzargo and Roderigo's disguises and headbutts them out of the stable that the sheep are grazing in.
  • Shrug Take: After a lamb witnesses Gonzargo and Roderigo (thinking it's the other sheep) acting strange at the toy factory. He looks at the viewer and shrugs in confusion.
  • Villain Song: There's "A Crooked Man" which doubles as a "The Villain Sucks" Song: his backup singers are clearly not pleased with him, but Barnaby takes their slams on his character as compliments nonetheless.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The goblins are weak against light.


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"The Worst is Yet to Come"

Gonzargo and Rodrigo sing to Jack and Jill about the Goblin Forest.

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