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Babes in Toyland Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Christmas musical retold as cartoon; some scary bits.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated version of the holiday classic Babes in Toyland is filled with upbeat song, but also includes scenes where kids are thrown into an attic by their wicked uncle, and demons are unleashed to ruin Christmas. Depending on your child's tolerance for peril and monsters, these scenes will either be exciting or scary. Cartoonish violence -- falling, fighting, chasing -- is common.

  • Families can talk about the differences in behavior between the "good" characters in this movie and the "bad" characters. How do good characters treat those around them? What about the bad?
  • How do Jill, Mary, and Tom show examples of positive attitudes throughout the movie? Do you think their reactions are realistic? Does that matter?
  • How is this similar and different from other holiday movies you've seen? 

The good stuff
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    Educational value: This movie intends to entertain, not educate. 

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    Messages: Several characters maintain positive attitudes in the face of myriad adversities. 

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    Role models: As a woman in charge of the toy factory, Mary reveals through her actions positive leadership qualities. Most of the others have positive attitudes.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Characters fall from heights, fight, trains stop inches short of running over characters or farm animals. Some scary scenes involve mean-looking goblins and an uncle who locks kids up in an attic.

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    Sexy stuff: Innocent flirtation commonly occurs between Tom and Mary. 

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue