|Directed by:||Clive Donner|
|Written by:|| Paul Zindel|
(From Glen MacDonough's story)
|Release date:||December 19, 1986|
|Running time:|| 2 hours, 20 minutes (USA TV version)|
1 hour, 34 minutes (European theatrical version)
Babes in Toyland is a 1986 made-for-television movie based on the operetta of the same name, directed by Clive Donner and starring Drew Barrymore and Keanu Reeves. It was broadcast on NBC on December 19, 1986, and released on VHS. Originally 140 minutes (without commercials in the USA), the European theatrical version was shortened to 94 minutes — this version was released worldwide on VHS. The film has not yet been released on DVD.
Lisa Piper (Barrymore), eleven years old, takes care of her siblings and cooks for her family, and therefore she has no time for toys. During a blizzard on Christmas Eve, she is transported to Toyland. She arrives just before Mary Contrary (Jill Schoelen) is wed to the unpleasant Barnaby Barnacle (Richard Mulligan), although Mary loves Jack Nimble (Reeves). Lisa stops the wedding and, with her new friends, finds out that Barnaby plans to take over Toyland. Lisa, Mary, Jack, and Georgie Porgie (Googy Gress) go to the kindly Toymaster (Pat Morita) for help, but he can only help them if Lisa really believes in toys. Barnaby confronts them, finally showing his true colors, and steals a flask containing distilled evil that the Toymaster had been collecting, before leaving Lisa and company to be eaten by Troller, a vulture-like monster with a single enchanted eye that Barnaby uses to spy on his enemies. They escape by blinding Troller with paint and locking him in a chest, but are captured and imprisoned one by one in Barnaby's hidden fortress.
Barnaby reveals that he had been creating an army of trolls to take over Toyland, and then attempts to corrupt them into being his servants with the contents of the flask, stating he would replace Troller with Lisa. Lisa, however, proves to be immune to the evil, and manages to reverse the effects on her friends. After escaping from Barnaby's stronghold, they return to the Toymaster. When Barnaby unleashes his army of trolls upon Toyland, Lisa's newfound belief animates an army of life-sized toy soldiers that the Toymaster had created, and they drive Barnaby into the Forest of the Night. Barnaby, having lost control of his creatures and trying to make Lisa his new Troller, is then banished from Toyland. Jack and Mary are then married. Lisa is taken back home by the Toymaster, revealed to be Santa Claus, in a sleigh with wooden reindeer, across the Milky Way until she wakes up at home as though it had all been a dream.
|Drew Barrymore||Lisa Piper|
|Richard Mulligan||Barnie/Barnaby Barnicle|
|Eileen Brennan||Mrs. Piper/Widow Hubbard|
|Keanu Reeves||Jack/Jack Nimble|
|Jill Schoelen||Mary/Mary Contrary|
|Googy Gress||George/Georgie Porgie|
|Pat Morita||The Toymaster|
|Walter Buschhoff||Justice Grimm|
As of 2010, MGM Television (owned by Sony) holds the rights to this movie, and has aired on the This TV digital subchannel throughout the USA.
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