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Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (also known as Shelley Duvall's Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme or Shelley Duvall's Rock in Rhymeland) is a 1990 American musical television film that aired on the Disney Channel. The film stars Shelley Duvall as Little Bo Peep and Dan Gilroy as Gordon Goose, the son of Mother Goose 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. It was released for the first time on VHS on June 16, 1998 with the help of Lyrick Studios.

Mother Goose: Rock 'n' Rhyme
Written byMark Curtiss
Story byLinda Engelsiepen
Harry Hinkle
Directed byJeff Stein
StarringShelley Duvall
Jean Stapleton
Dan Gilroy
Cyndi Lauper
Debbie Harry
Bobby Brown
Little Richard
Woody Harrelson
Paul Simon
Art Garfunkel
Garry Shandling
Teri Garr
Music byVan Dyke Parks
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Thomas A. Bliss
CinematographyTony Mitchell
Editor(s)Christopher Willoughby
Running time96 minutes
DistributorHi-Tops Video
Lyrick Studios (1998 VHS version only)
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • May 19, 1990 (1990-05-19)

  • June 16, 1998 (1998-06-16)
(Lyrick Studios version)



The film deals with the events surrounding Gordon Goose 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.

Cast of charactersEdit

Changes for Rock 'N' Rhymeland (TV version)Edit

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 film 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
  • Mary and her lamb disappearing after Little Bo Peep and Gordon leave
  • The Old Woman in the shoe telling her many children "Wait till your fathers get home," implying she has had many husbands
  • Introductory speech for Old King Cole
  • Onscreen 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, the Little Miss Muffet scene, 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 TV version features a longer version of Little Richard's "Party with the King."


  1. ^ "Audio Archaeology: Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990)". Consequence of Sound. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2018-05-29.

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