Babes in Toyland (1986)

USA, 19 December
96m (Canada), 150m (USA)
colour, 1.33:1
Dolby, English

An American fantasy television film directed by Clive Donner.

Plot Summary

11-year-old Lisa is too busy looking after her brothers, sisters and mother to enjoy life as a child. During a blizzard on Eve, Lisa is transported to where she helps Mary Contrary avoid marriage to the miserly old Barnaby Barnacle and reunite with her true love Jack Be Nimble.


Directed by: Clive Donner
Orion Television Entertainment, The Finnegan Company, The Finnegan-Pinchuk Company
Executive Producers: Sheldon Pinchuk, Pat Finnegan, Bill Finnegan
Supervising Producer: Anthony Spinner
Produced by: Tony Ford and Neil T. Maffeo
Screen Story and Screenplay by: Paul Zindel
Based on the stage production “”, music by Victor Herbert, lyrics and book by Glen MacDonough
Director of Photography: Arthur Ibbetson
Editor: Susan Heick
Music and Lyrics by: Leslie Bricusse
Sound Recordist: Edward Parente
Costume Designer: Evangeline Harrison
Makeup and Hairstyling: Rüdiger Von Sperl
Animals Created by: Vin Burnham
Special Effects Supervisor: Willi Neuner
Production Designer: Robert Laing

Drew Barrymore (Lisa Piper)
Richard Mulligan (Bernie/Barnaby Barnacle)
Eileen Brennan (Mrs Piper/Widow Hubbard)
Keanu Reeves (Alex/Jack Be Nimble)
Jill Schoelen (Margaret/Mary Contrary)
Googy Gress (Jim/Georgie Porgie)
Pat Morita as the toymaster
Walter Buschhoff (Justice Grimm)
Shari Weiser (Trollog)
Rolf Knie (Zack)
Gaston Haeni [real name: Gaston Häni] (Mack)
Pipo Sosman (Jack in the Box)
Chad Carlson (Joey)
Jean Moake (news announcer)
Bill Marcus (weather announcer)



  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Back by John Stanley – credits, review
  • Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television by Fraser A. Sherman pp.170
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.128 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.28-29