Ann Arbor Weather:
Monday October 16, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Babes in Toyland

 

continued

and part Disney, the film is full of storybook characters, children, and a host of extras. Two directors were used: one to direct the children and one for Laurel and Hardy.

Acting without their usual costumes, our comedic heroes play Stanley Dee and Ollie Dum, who live in the Old Woman's shoe with her bevy of children. They also work at a toy factory, which is making 100 six-foot-tall toy soldiers for Santa Claus. The trouble is Santa wanted 600 one-foot tall soldiers. Since our boys were the ones who got the order mixed up, they are fired on the spot — as Santa laughs in the background.

One of the funny things about this film is the large number of nursery characters — from Little Miss Muffet to the Cat and the Fiddle — who turn up in adult guise. Stan and Ollie had intended to give some cash to the Old Woman in the Shoe (Mrs. Peep) because the dastardly Mr. Silas Barnaby, spurned by Little Bo Peep (who prefers Tom Tom, the Piper's Son), wants to foreclose on her shoe. But since the boys lost their jobs, there's no cash to be had. Hence, to the horror of Toyland, Bo Peep must marry Barnaby, whose grisly face is shown in many frightful close-ups. Tom Tom, meanwhile, is banished to Bogeyland — a place full of "half-man, half-beast hairy monsters with sharp teeth and long sharp claws" — on trumped-up charges of having murdered one of the Three Little Pigs.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Sports, Dancing, Nature, & Recreation
Community Television Network
Don Chisholm's Ann Arbor
He shaped the city's south side--and its music scene.
Davi Napoleon
Nightspots: Crazy Wisdom Tea Room
Barroom Roots
Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils
James M. Manheim
The Giant Shoe on Liberty St.
Question Corner: September 2017
Tim Athan
Health Care - Urgent Care Clinics
A Family Story In The Digitized Michigan Daily, by Tim Athan
Neighborhoods - Bryant Pattengill
John Shultz photography and Portrait Studio in Ann Arbor since 1982