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Babes in Toyland

Children of all ages have long held an affinity for the Victor Herbert operetta, Babes in Toyland - which joins the many beloved Mother Goose characters together in a musical story that has seen many incarnations over the years. Laurel and Hardy starred in the popular 1934 film version and by 1961, the master of family entertainment, Walt Disney, decided he wanted to take the classic for a spin with his own inimitable style. Continue reading...

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Some stories are truly timeless and the classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, is certainly no exception. This version, released in 1991, carried a healthy dose of Disney magic, some stunning computer animation, and an endearing musical score - and left new audiences thoroughly enchanted with this “tale as old as time.” Continue reading...

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

There are almost as many similarities between Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins as there are between the Kennedy and Lincoln administrations – although those of the former are certainly less coincidental. Both films incorporated animation into live-action sequences. Both had magical guardians who managed to spellbind the precocious children under their care. Both took place in London and actor David Tomlinson had a supporting role in each film. Other than that, they were completely different. Continue reading...

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

Nobody ever said it was easy to be dead. But, no matter how exasperating eternal life might be, a recently deceased couple learned the hard way that one should be careful of what they wish for – they just might get it. Such was the plight of the Maitland family in Tim Burton’s wonderfully quirky and decidedly dark 1988 comedy, Beetlejuice. Continue reading...

Big (film)

Big

Every young boy's fantasy came true for little Josh Baskin in 1988's Big. Thanks to a mystical carnival machine, little Josh became big Josh overnight, only to discover that the adult world wasn't all it was cracked up to be. With Tom Hanks in the "big Josh" role and former Laverne and Shirley star Penny Marshall directing, Big captured the innocence of childhood with humor, tenderness and insight. Continue reading...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Fun-loving, guitar-playing, history-flunking airheads Ted "Theodore" Logan and Bill S. Preston, Esquire, first came on the scene in 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. A time-tripping romp, the movie had the appearance of a teen comedy, but its silly humor and good-natured charm won over kids of all ages. Continue reading...

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Blazing Saddles

The king of parodies, Mel Brooks, took on the wild west in his 1974 classic, Blazing Saddles. Featuring an all-star cast, this tale of a black sheriff in an all-white town pulled no comedic punches (not even in regard to a horse), delivering what is considered to be one of the funniest movies of all time. Continue reading...

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Plenty of films over the years have depicted Chicago during the gang-ridden Prohibition Era. How many of them were musical comedies starring kids as pie throwing gangsters? Only one that we know of - the unforgettable 1976 classic, Bugsy Malone. Starring Scott Baio (Chachi from Happy Days), a very young Jodie Foster, and featuring the lyrics and music of composer Paul Williams, Bugsy Malone was a tongue-in-cheek ode to a violent era, and full of loving jabs at 1930s gangster films. Continue reading...