Parents' Guide to

Babes in Toyland

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Christmas musical retold as cartoon; some scary bits.

Movie G 2004 74 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Thumbs up from a five-year-old.

My five-year-old granddaughter liked it. She watched it twice in one day and pretended to be scared when the goblins made their appearance. The animation is not up to the standards of a Disney film, but the musical score and acting is top notch. I enjoyed it almost as much as she did.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This version of BABES IN TOYLAND seems to have everything a child could possibly want in a Christmas movie. There are trains, Santa, toys, Humpty Dumpty, strong female characters, adventurous male characters, cartoonish falling, goblins, and musical numbers.

While the songs from Victor Herbert's operetta will no doubt be enjoyed by kids who are discovering music, many of the more violent scenes -- as cartoonish as they may be -- demand a parent's discretion in determining if their child is mature enough to handle scenes with evil goblins and monsters. Still, all-in-all, Christopher Plummer brings a delightful menace as the voice of Uncle Barnaby, and the acting (and singing) as a whole is above the average children's fare.

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