Thanksgiving is over, so it is time to watch March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

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Thanksgiving ended a couple of days ago, and the Xmas season is in full swing just about everywhere. As a kid the transition was a little more gradual than it is nowadays, I saw some stores with Christmas stuff in the, back in October, but one thing that has not changed is my official marker for the seasonal switch. It was the annual broadcast on TV of the 1934 Laurel and Hardy classic, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Wooden Soldiers. Which you might know from its original title Babes in Toyland but to me it will always be, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Wooden Soldiers since n my younger years, I could always count on WPIX to broadcast it under that title and I would never miss it.

Sadly no local stations here were kind enough to do me the honor of showing it, so I had to bust out my trusty DVD and watch it myself. While I miss the WPIX hype and tradition, it is kind of nice to be able to watch it on my own schedule. I did not need to watch it right on Thanksgiving day, instead I waited until yesterday to kick of my Christmas season. But now that Bo Peep has found her sheep and the Bogeyman have been defeated, I am ready to put Turkey day behind me and get started on this jolliest of ho ho holidays.

If you do not own your own copy of this holiday masterpiece, fret not. The entire film is available online for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving is over, so it is time to watch March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

  1. Yes, the “Official” start of the Xmas season was marked by the airing of this movie – absolutely!
    And it’s a movie that you, as a child, grows into because the film has so many levels of appreciation worked into it.
    The first level appealing to the youngest viewer is the film’s storybook settings and characters; it’s just a wonder to behold all the Mother Goose characters and other bedtime story folk dancing, singing, intermingling and going about their daily business.
    The second level is for the school age kids with the slapstick humor from Laurel & Hardy; nothing funnier or more fascinating to a 6-8 year old than the scene of L&H hitting that little boomerangy-thing with a stick.
    The third level keeps the attention of older kids and creeps the heck out of all the younger viewers is the film’s many scary elements. From the boogeymen and their domain, to the dunking scene, and even the three little pigs, all are moments of general creepiness.
    If you’ve never seen this film before in your life please watch it at least once.
    Keeping in mind the context of when it was made, you will be pleasantly surprised by how fun a movie it really is!

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