Babes in the Woods
|Babes in the Woods|
|Silly Symphonies series|
|Directed by||Burt Gillett|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
Lucille La Verne
|Music by||Bert Lewis|
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||8 minutes|
|Preceded by||Bugs in Love|
|Followed by||Santa's Workshop|
It is a re-working of the British folk tale Babes in the Wood, with some material incorporated from Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, and the addition of a village of friendly elves (a feature not traditionally present in either tale), and a happier ending.
"Once upon a time, a story was told about fairies, goblins, and witches of old. They haunted the forests and meadows and dells, and this is the legend the storybooks tell: Oh, don't you remember a long time ago? When two little babes, whose names I don't know. They wandered away on a fine summers day, and were lost in a wood, I've heard people say."
Hansel and Gretel stumble on a clearing in the woods where elves are going about their business. The elves are friendly to the children. Until a witch comes and takes them away on her broom to her gingerbread house, where she turns nasty on them, turning Hansel into a spider ("Lotus and cider! I'll change you into a spider!"), a yowling child-turned-cat to stone ("Fe, fi, bone! I'll change you to stone!"), and tries to turn Gretel into a rat ("Why, you little brat! I'll change you into a rat!") when an elf's arrow stops her. While the elves are fighting the witch, Hansel and Gretel free the other children who have been imprisoned and transformed into animals (lizards/newts, rats, spiders, cats, and bats) by the witch. Finally, the witch falls from her broom and lands in a cauldron containing a brew that turns living things to stone, and becomes a large rock, which would be known as the Witch Rock.
- Babes in the Woods at the Internet Movie Database
- Babes in the Woods at The Big Cartoon DataBase
- Babes in the Woods at disneyshorts.org
- Blog de Babes in the Woods (French)