Babes in Toyland (1961)

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Live-action Mother Goose musical with mild slapstick action.

G 1961 105 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 2+

Based on 1 review

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age 18+

Very misogynistic and racist

Outwardly, it seems like a sweet and simple movie about toys and Mother Goose characters, but unfortunately the time period of this film is reflected in its view of women and “otherness.” There is a song that perpetuates the caricature of the Romani people (known as gypsies at the time). There are also two songs disparaging the female lead, one in which she berates herself for being too dumb to keep a household budget, and one in which the male lead explains to her that she is “just a toy” for his amusement. This movie is awful.
age 4+

Doesn’t have much to do with Christmas

My 5 year old watched this. He has a good attention span for movies, and sat through this thoroughly entertained. I however was a little bored. It’s long! It’s a musical, so there’s dancing and absurdity. Some parts are dated, Mary the main character is the “prize” but not just for her good looks, for her money too! Also, she’s too dumb to figure out her own finances. She sings a song about how dumb she is. (I’m over simplifying) Also there are “gypsies” and yeah that whole segment seems pretty racist.

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Too much consumerism

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