Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (also Shelly Duvall's Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme or Shelly Duvall's Rock n' Rhymeland) is a 1990 musical TV movie that aired on the Disney Channel starring Shelley Duvall as Little Bo Peep and Dan Gilroy as Gordon Goose, the son of Mother Goose (Jean Stapleton) along with a star-studded supporting cast of various other actors and musicians portraying a wide range of characters, mostly of Mother Goose Nursery rhyme fame. The film deals with the events surrounding Gordon and Little Bo Peep, who, while still trying to find her sheep, goes to Mother Goose's house for help, only to discover her sudden absence. Bo Peep and Gordon search Rhymeland to flush out what has happened to Mother Goose, all the while watching as many Mother Goose characters begin to mysteriously disappear.



Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme

This full and uncut version was released on VHS. Run time: 95 minutes

Shelly Duvall's Rock n' Rhymeland

This was a remixed and shortened version for TV. It contained a differing musical score and a few other scenes were cut. Run time: 77 minutes

Changes for TV Version

Several edits and changes were made to the audio, musical score, and video for the TV edit. A non-comprehensive list of some of these variations appears below:

  • Parts of the movie play in a different order:
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • Jack & Jill
  • Several scenes were completely cut:
  • Mary Quite Contrary complaining about her garden
  • Old Mother Hubbard and her diner
  • Gordon Rearranging His Wardrobe
  • Gordon's remark about summer vacation
  • Lady in the shoe telling her many children "wait till your fathers get home," implying she has had many partners
  • Introductory Speech for Old King Cole
  • On-screen lyrics during the "Gordon Won't You Come Out And Play" dungeon metal band scene are featured with a "bouncing ball" format to follow along.
  • Different musical score during the Crooked Man Chase, the Itsy Bitsy Spider scenes, and the Cow Jumped Over the Moon scenes
  • Alternative music mix for the Del Rubio Triplets opening "Hop To It"
  • Alternative Intro to Bobby Brown's "Three Blind Mice"
  • More present and different musical score, with background music playing through most of the film as opposed to various non-musical moments in the uncut version.
  • The End Credits: The uncut version features an original song while the made for tv version features a longer version of Little Richards "Party With The King"

Cast of Characters

The film features an all-star cast including:

Actor Role
Harry Anderson Peter Piper
Brian Bonsall Michael
Elayne Boosler Mother Hubbard
Bobby Brown Three Blind Mice
Shelley Duvall Little Bo Peep
Art Garfunkel Georgie Porgie
Teri Garr Jill (of Jack and Jill)
Dan Gilroy Gordon Goose
Woody Harrelson Lou the Lamb (of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Deborah Harry Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Cyndi Lauper Mary (of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
David Leisure Newscaster / Game Show Host
Little Richard Old King Cole
Neill Gladwin Crooked Man & His Dog, Happy 1 & 2
Stephen Kearney Crooked Man & His Dog, Happy 1 & 2
Howie Mandel Humpty Dumpty
Cheech Marin Carnival Barker
Van Dyke Parks Minister of Merriment
Katey Sagal Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
John Santucci All the King's Men (of Humpty Dumpty)
Garry Shandling Jack (of Jack and Jill)
Paul Simon Simple Simon
Jean Stapleton Mother Goose
Brian Setzer Georgie Porgie's House Band
Lee Rocker Georgie Porgie's House Band
Slim Jim Phantom Georgie Porgie's House Band
Ben Vereen Itsy Bitsy Spider
Billy Gibbons Three Men in a Tub
Dusty Hill (billed as "Joe Hill") Three Men in a Tub
Frank Beard Three Men in a Tub
Pia Zadora Little Miss Muffet
Dan Albert Special Guest Appearance
Bob Bolser Special Guest Appearance
Stephen Bray Special Guest Appearance
Vance Colvig Jr. Special Guest Appearance
Charlotte Crossley Special Guest Appearance
Paul Daniels Special Guest Appearance
Elena Del Rubio Special Guest Appearance
Milly Del Rubio Special Guest Appearance
Warren DeMartini Special Guest Appearance (metal band musician in dungeon scene)
Jennifer Evans Special Guest Appearance
Eddie Gilroy Special Guest Appearance
Niki Harris (as Niki Haire) Special Guest Appearance
Johnny Hayden Special Guest Appearance
Seymour Heller Special Guest Appearance
William Holden Jr. Special Guest Appearance
Randy Jackson Special Guest Appearance
Matthew Leslie Special Guest Appearance
Peter Leslie Special Guest Appearance
Terrence Lindholm Special Guest Appearance
Debra Crandle Parson Special Guest Appearance
Tim Torrance Special Guest Appearance
Dweezil Zappa Special Guest Appearance

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