Step into the enchanting world of “Babes in Toyland” (1986), a heartwarming American made-for-television Christmas musical directed by Clive Donner. Starring Drew Barrymore, Richard Mulligan, Eileen Brennan and Keanu Reeves, this delightful adaptation of the 1903 operetta by Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough promises a festive tale filled with music and magic.

The story unfolds as a young girl, transported to the fantastical realm of Toyland, embarks on a whimsical adventure. With her family and friends by her side, they unite against the sinister Barnaby, the embodiment of evil in this enchanting land.

Set against a backdrop of Leslie Bricusse’s new score, complemented by select portions of Herbert’s timeless melodies, the film weaves a tale of camaraderie, courage, and the triumph of good over evil. Join the young protagonist and her companions as they work together to overthrow Barnaby and bring joy and harmony back to Toyland.

In this magical journey, expect captivating musical numbers, charming characters, and a celebration of the true spirit of Christmas. “Babes in Toyland” promises a festive treat for audiences of all ages, blending the classic operetta with a touch of 1980s cinematic charm. Get ready to be transported to a realm where dreams come to life and the magic of Christmas reigns supreme.

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8 Fun Facts about “Babes in Toyland” (1986):

(1) The original American TV broadcast ran for 140 minutes, but the German VHS release and current television broadcasts are only 94 minutes long. Deleted scenes, including original songs, remain unreleased, leaving fans curious about the full spectrum of the film.

(2) Due to Drew Barrymore’s limited singing abilities, Linda Harmon was brought in to dub Barrymore’s singing vocals, ensuring a harmonious musical experience.

(3) In the original operetta adaptation “March of the Wooden Soldiers” (1934), the young lovers were Tom-Tom the Piper’s Son and Little Bo-Peep, while “Babes in Toyland” (1961) by Disney shifted to Tom the Piper’s Son and Mary Quite Contrary, accompanied by Barnaby’s accomplices Gonzorgo and Roderigo.

(4) “Babes in Toyland” marks Chad Carlson’s film debut, making it a noteworthy starting point in his cinematic journey.

(5) Several cast members, such as Googy Gress and Drew Barrymore, later reunited in films like “Wayne’s World 2” (1993) and “He’s Just Not That Into You” (2009), showcasing enduring connections in the industry.

(6) Drew Barrymore’s character, Lisa, mirrors her real age during filming, with both being 11 years old.

(7) Richard Mulligan, Eileen Brennan and Pat Morita, key players in “Babes in Toyland,” had all previously guest-starred on “The Love Boat” (1977).

(8) The German toy company Sigikid manufactured the stuffed animals featured in the Toy Master’s factory scenes.