|Oogie unravels to reveal....|
|Eeewww....hand me a can of Raid!|
The Boogeyman is also a monstrous attacker in three versions of the Christmas story, Babes in Toyland. Babes in Toyland was originally written as an operetta by Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough at the turn of the twentieth century. It is a musical fantasy story filled with Mother Goose fairy tale characters. There is a great deal of adventure and even a little romance. Babes in Toyland has been adapted numerous times for film and television, each time undergoing drastic changes in storyline, character and musical composition. One such drastic character change is the addition of the Boogeyman (or a group of boogeymen) in three filmed productions: 1934's March of the Wooden Soldiers, 1986's Babes in Toyland and 1997's animated version.
|left: The widow Mother Peep with Ollie Dee and Stannie Dum|
|1934's version of the Bogeyman|
|Barnaby and the bogeymen on their way to Toyland|
|Cue the familiar tune 'March of the Toys' as the wooden soldiers attack the bogeymen|
|These underground creatures look like they are still under the ground!|
|Zack and Mack with Barnaby in the middle|
|1997's animated adaptation|
|The Boogeyman is a purple, winged demon called a goblin--kind of looks like Mr. Clean|
|The goblin minions breaking into the toy factory to destroy it!|
|Cue the music for 'March of the Toys' again|
See for yourself how scary these boogeymen--or bogeymen--can be. All four of these movies are easily available to watch on DVD. Check your local library or on-line viewing sources.