Saturday, December 4, 2010

Babes In Toyland - Drew Barrymore and Keanu Reeves

Sheet music from the operetta, Babes in Toylan...Image via WikipediaA Blog-o-rama Christmas!

Babes In Toyland.  There have been so many incarnations of this movie.  The two that stick out most in my mind are the ones by Disney and another one that had Laurel and Hardy in it.  This isn't one of those.  This is the 1986 television film that starred Drew Barrymore and Keanu Reeves.  I can't say that I had even heard of this one until I found it at 

Barrymore plays Lisa Piper, an eleven year old who takes care of her siblings and cooks for the family.  As a result, she never has time to be a child and play with toys (no, this is not a Michael Jackson biography).

 During a winter storm on Christmas Eve, the young girl is transported to toyland and things begin to happen.  Just what are those things?  You'll have to watch the movie to find out.

This film was directed by Clive Donner, director of What's New Pussycat? among others.  He also directed the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol.  The music is by Leslie Briscusse who also wrote the music (along with Anthony Newley) for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Having lived in Cincinnati and having relatives from their, I got a laugh at the first song in the movie which is about Cincinnati.
Hope you enjoy this holiday delight!

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