Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Babes in Toyland (1961)

Notes: 11/2/10
Colorful Disney version
Shades of original Laurel & Hardy version, including L&H stand-ins.
Songs are OK. Colorful costumes.
Over-the-top, stagey, and not necessarily involving
Fun to see Ray Bolger (The Scarecrow!)
Annette Funicello was kind of pretty.
Ed Wynn and Tommy Kirk add much-needed spark. Fun effects!
Can't tell what I think of Tommy Sands. I think it's the hair that's the problem.
Fine. Nothing really wrong with it, but not a must-see.

Review: C+
Colorful Disney version of the '30s Laurel & Hardy favorite. Much of the movie is a candy-colored bore, except when Ray Bolger is present. It's cool to see him in a role outside The Scarecrow. Ed Wynn and Tommy Kirk also add some much-needed spark, along with some very fun special effects. In all, nothing to complain about, but little to recommend.

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