Babes in Toyland

Synopsis: Tom the Piper's Son is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary. On the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby hires two henchmen to drown Tom and steal Mary's sheep, cared for by Little Bo Peep, thus depriving Mary and the children she lives with of their livelihood, forcing her to marry Barnaby. The sheep are stolen, but Gonzorgo and Roderigo, Barnaby's henchmen, double-cross him by selling Tom to a band of gypsies instead, leaving Tom with the opportunity to escape and make his way with Mary, Bo-Peep, and other Mother Goose characters to Toyland.
Director(s): Jack Donohue
Production: Buena Vista
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min


Hello, everybody.

My name is Sylvester.

Sylvester J. Goose.

My friends call me syl,

or sometimes silly.

At this time, it is with

unmitigated pleasure...


talk faster.

Talk faster?

You're lucky to find a goose

who can talk at all.

As I was saying, it is

my pleasure to present

your hostess for this occasion,

weighing 189 pounds...


I present the one and only

mother goose.

Thank you, Sylvester.


I'm here to invite you to a

celebration in our village.

Tomorrow is the wedding

of Tom and Mary.

2 of my closest friends.

I know.

So put on your best smile,

set free your imagination,

and come with us to

mother goose village.


All right, boys, open

the curtains!

Down in the square

in the mother goose

village square

all the people gather

when there's some

excitement in the air

see how they run

for they always have

lots of fun

exchanging bits

of gossip

and the news of everyone

come join the crowd

you'll be happy

and mighty proud

to be welcome

where so few outsiders

ever are allowed

you'll mingle

with the people

you'll meet

everybody there

down at

the village square

here comes bo-peep

who is never without

her sheep

there's Jack and Jill

who have tumbled down

the hill

come and meet the people

and see what's in the air

down at

the village square

Jack be nimble,

Jack be quick

do your trick

with a candlestick

simple Simon

met a pie-man

going to the fair

show us, Simon,

what the pie-man

demonstrated there


let's have a lemonade

fill your cup

and join us

in the grand parade

be aware

tomorrow's big affair

is the wedding

in the garden glade

good neighbors,

soon we'll see

man and wife to be

dancing with each other

so contentedly

to youth and love

may neither ever fade

to Tom and Mary

drink a lemonade




let's have a lemonade

here's to all the bright

and lovely plans they've made

drink to life

their long

and happy life

while they face

the future unafraid

good neighbors,

here we see

groom and bride-to-be

beaming at each other

oh, so trustingly

may all their dreams

come true and never fade

to Tom and Mary

drink a lemonade

fie on you,

you frivolous fools.

Your tide

is at the surge.

Today you sing

a happy song.


A dirge!


You see, unbeknownst to Mary,

she inherits scads of money

when she marries.

Thus it carries, that if I'm to

get my hands on Mary's money,

the person Mary marries must be me.

Not Tom, me.

I must do away

with Tom.



Come, let us plot.



Now, gentlemen, it is said

you'll do anything for money.

You see, your infamous

reputation is widespread.

Oh, thank you,

Mr. Barnaby.

Now make note while I

plan this little caper.

Mark this down.

Mark this down.

Item one... item one...

Kidnap Tom.

Kidnap Tom.

No, no, kidnap him.

Item 2...

Item 2...

Throw him in the sea.

Throw him in the sea.

No, no, just throw him

in the sea.

Item 3... item 3...

Mary's sheep. Hmm.

These sheep support her.

Somehow I must thwart her.

She's much too independent

with them.


she must be without them.

Steal the sheep.

Steal the sheep.

No, steal them.

A-a-anything else,

Mr. Barnaby?

That's all for now,

gentlemen, and, uh,

when this deed is through,

this tidy stipend is for you.

A pittance.


This experience

should make us wiser.

We do not do business

with a miser.

Come, Rodrigo.

We are wasting

our time.


my mercenary friends.

Does this satisfy

your greed?

Oh, indeed it does.

Indeed it does.

Gonzorgo, Rodrigo, let us scheme.

I embezzle

and I swindle

and I keep 2 sets

of books

and the income tax


always gives me

dirty looks

now the thought

of Mary's money

has a very strong appeal

so underhandedly

I've planned

another shady deal

and I won't be happy

till I get it


some papers she will sign

she will never have

a hint

that in the finer print

her inheritance is mine,

all mine

we enjoy

committing mayhem

for a monetary gain

and we specialize

in crimes

which are

completely inhumane

now we're on our way

to steal some sheep

and drown the boy

at sea

and then directly

we'll collect

a very handsome fee

and we won't be happy

till we get it

in some lagoon, a body

soon will splash

we're eager to proceed

to do this evil deed

just as long

as we are paid in cash

we're an awful gruesome


and we're rotten

to the core

of the jobs we pull,

you'll see some

that will make you

hate us more

whether larceny

or murder

makes no difference

what the crime

we'll forge a check

or cut your neck

if we can make a dime

and we won't be happy

till we get it

oh, what a shame

they'll hate our name

in town

but what are we to do?

unhappily, it's true

we'll take anything

that's not nailed down

and we won't be happy

till we get it

Mary, Mary

quite contrary

how does

your garden grow?

with silver bells

and cockle shells

and pretty little maids

in a row


Did you bring

the mallet?

Good. Now remember, you hit him

on the head with the mallet,

and I'll put him in

the sack. Is that clear?

Not now.

He isn't

even here yet.

Now, we'll wait

until they...

Get ready.

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Ward Kimball

Ward Walrath Kimball (March 4, 1914 – July 8, 2002), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was an animator for the Walt Disney Studios. He was one of Walt Disney's team of animators, known as Disney's Nine Old Men. His films have been honored with two Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film. Outside of his job as an animator, Kimball was a railroad enthusiast as well as a talented jazz trombonist. He founded and led the seven-piece Dixieland band Firehouse Five Plus Two, in which he played trombone. more…

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