Cinema: Nursery Crhymes

Babes in Toyland (Buena Vista), Walt Disney's first live-action musical, is a wonderful piece of entertainment for children under five, but children over five who plan to see it will be well advised to take some Berlitz brushup lessons in baby talk.

Suggested (though hardly inspired) by Victor Herbert's 1903 operetta, in which Mother Goose was overstuffed with theatrical goodies, Disney's nursery crhymes involve Tom Piper (Tommy Sands), Mary Contrary (Annette), Boy Blue, Bo Peep, Willie Winkie, Simple Simon, Jack and Jill, and Mother Goose herself, along with some ringers called Roderigo, Gonzorgo, Barnaby (Ray Bolger) and the Toymaker (Ed Wynn). Tom...

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