Evil miser Barnaby (Ray Bolger) is determined to prevent Mary Quite Contrary (Annette Funicello) from marrying Tom the Piperís son (Tommy Sands) so he can marry her instead and steal her inheritance.
This musical was nominated for two Academy Awards and a Best Picture Golden Globe in 1962, and half a century later, itís digitally restored and available for the first time on Blu-ray. With the story set in both Mother Goose Village and in Toy Land, this movie is a preschoolerís dream come true! It definitely has an old-fashioned feel, which will make it appeal to a younger audience than when it was originally released. Itís got enough action, songs, and slapstick to keep children entertained and, like all classic stories, in the end, the hero and heroine live happily ever after.
Babies won't be interested in the whole story but two-year-olds will probably be drawn in by the candy-colored settings and the catchy tunes.
Preschoolers will be fascinated from the opening scene when Sylvester, the wise-cracking goose, reveals Mother Goose's weight, and every time the characters burst into song, singing about everything from losing sheep to trying to make ends meet. They'll enjoy seeing familiar nursery rhyme characters and will wish they had the Toymaker's poof gun which shrinks anything--or anyone!--it shoots.
Most kids will find the movie too babyish, but may be interested to recognize Ray Bolger from The Wizard of Oz. They may--hopefully!--roll their eyes at the idea of Mary agreeing to marry Barnaby because she doesn't know how else to support herself.