GenreFamily, Drama ScreenplayBill Walsh LanguageEnglish
WriterJames Otis Kaler, Lillie Hayward, Bill Walsh Release dateJanuary 21, 1960 CastKevin Corcoran (Toby Tyler), Bob Sweeney (Harry Tupper), Henry Calvin (Ben Cotter), Gene Sheldon (Sam Treat), Richard Eastham (Colonel Sam Castle), James Drury (Jim Weaver) Similar moviesThe Tin Drum, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, Breathe In, Bears, The Nightcomers, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
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Little orphan Toby Tyler (Kevin Corcoran) runs away to join a traveling circus following a quarrel with his foster parents, Aunt Olive (Edith Evanson) and Uncle Daniel (Tom Fadden). Under the big top, Toby is exposed to a magical new world that includes a wacky chimpanzee named Mr. Stubbs. But the boys friendship with paternal candy seller Harry Tupper (Bob Sweeney) is considerably less endearing especially when Tupper starts showing his mean-spirited true colors.
Toby Tyler is a film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution Company on January 21, 1960. It is based on the 1880 childrens book Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus by James Otis Kaler.
It stars several actors best known for their work on the two pioneering Disney television shows of the late 1950s: Kevin Corcoran (better known as Moochie) from the Spin and Marty serials on Mickey Mouse Club, and Zorro co-stars Henry Calvin and Gene Sheldon, who speaks in this movie.
This was shot at Golden Oak Ranch in Newhall, California.
The film aired repeatedly on the Walt Disney anthology television series.
Angered at stern Uncle Daniel, Toby Tyler runs away from his foster home to join the circus, where he soon befriends Mr. Stubbs, the frisky chimpanzee. However, the circus isn't all fun and games when the evil candy vendor, Harry Tupper, convinces Toby that his Aunt Olive and Uncle Daniel don't love him or want him back. Toby resigns himself to circus life, but when he finally realizes that Tupper lied to him, and that his aunt and uncle truly love him, Toby happily returns home once again.
Overhearing stern Uncle Daniel describe him as a "millstone", hurt and insulted, Toby Tyler runs away from his foster home to join the circus. There he soon befriends Mr. Stubbs, the frisky chimpanzee. However, the circus isnt all fun and games. Harry Tupper, the evil candy vendor, convinces Toby that his Aunt Olive and Uncle Daniel dont love him or want him back. Devastated, Toby resigns himself to circus life, even scoring himself a much bigger role. When he discovers, with the help of Mr. Stubbs, that Harry lied to him about Aunt Olive and Uncle Daniel, who truly do love him, he departs the circus for home. On the way, Toby finds that Mr. Stubbs has followed him, and decides to take the chimp home with him, for safe keeping. Soon after though, Mr. Stubbs gets chased by a hunters dog. The hunter, Jim Weaver, accidentally shoots Mr. Stubbs just as Harry arrives to haul Toby back to the circus.
Back at the circus, Toby finds that Aunt Olive and Uncle Daniel are in attendance, leading to a tearful reunion with hugs all around. When Harry tries to pursue Toby, hes obstructed by Ben, who confronts him for misusing the Sheriffs money. Ben admonishes Harry for acting unkind and warns him to leave Toby alone. Joyfully, just before Tobys big performance, with his family in attendance, he discovers that Mr. Stubbs has survived his wounds, having been brought back to the circus by Jim. Relieved, Toby begins his performance on horseback, only to have Mr. Stubbs jump down from the trapeze to join him, thus creating a wonderful new act for the circus.
The film issued on DVD on August 2, 2005 (the same day as Johnny Tremain).