Babes in Toyland (Off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

The film will be preceded by a puppet show!

Nursery rhymes come to life with eye-popping Technicolor glory in this precocious Disney musical. It starts in the village of Mother Goose Land, where characters from famous lore like Little Bo Beep and Jack Be Nimble live and play together. But all is thrown in this prismatic paradise when snidely town miser Barnaby (Ray Bolger, The Wizard of Oz‘s The Scarecrow) schemes to steal the hand of Mary, Mary Quite Contrary from her new husband Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son. Even if the story weren’t so joyously watchable and clever, Babes‘s Oscar-nominated production design, musical numbers, and ecstatic postmodern self-awareness would be enough to make it unforgettable.

Dir. Jack Donohue, 1961, 16mm, 106 min.