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The Christmas Toy (1986)

When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful. It's Christmas ... See full summary »

Director:

Eric Till

Writer:

Laura Phillips
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dave Goelz ... Rugby / Ditz / Dauntless Dragon (voice)
Steve Whitmire ... Mew (voice)
Kathryn Mullen ... Apple (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Balthazar / Biker (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Belmont / Rabbit (voice)
Camille Bonora Camille Bonora ... Meteora / Molly / Doll (voice)
Brian Henson ... Cruiser (voice)
Rob Mills Rob Mills ... Bleep (voice)
Nikki Tilroe Nikki Tilroe ... Ding-a-Ling (voice)
Marsha Moreau Marsha Moreau ... Jamie Jones
Zachary Bennett ... Jesse Jones
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Storyline

When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful. It's Christmas Eve, and Rugby the Tiger remembers how he was the Christmas Toy last year, and thinks he's going to be unwrapped again. And it's up to Apple the Doll, whom Rugby supplanted as favorite toy, to tell him what's in store. But Rugby won't believe her, and tries to get into the Christmas package and lets Meteora, Queen of the Asteroids loose. Unfortunately, she doesn't know she's a toy, and thinks she's landed among aliens. And it's up to Apple, Mew (the Cat's toy mouse), and the other toys to get Rugby out of the box and Meteora back in it before they're found and frozen. Written by Kathy Li

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Certificate:

TV-G
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Official Sites:

The Jim Henson Company

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim Henson's The Christmas Toy See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The horse's name, Belmont, refers to the famous racetrack. See more »

Quotes

Dad: I must be bananas. How many are folks are doing laundry on Christmas Eve?
[chuckles]
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Alternate Versions

Originally introduced by Kermit The Frog, it was released on VHS format in 1993. In 2008, HIT Entertainment (distributed by Lionsgate) released the special on DVD, but edited out Kermit's appearance due to legal issues. (Wikipedia) See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Try the Impossible
Performed by Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Mike Quinn, and Nikki Tilroe
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Child's Play
18 December 2013 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

On Xmas Eve 1986 I saw the first 10 minutes of this special but I had to go out and I missed the rest of it. The idea of toys coming alive might not seem like such a new idea in post-Toy Story world, but since this is live-action, and uses the talents of Jim Henson, I'd prefer this over the Pixar behemoth.

The story is virtually identical to Toy Story, with toy boss Rugby (a stuffed lion) not too keen on his rule being usurped by the imminent unwrapping of this year's present. The Christmas Toy has a new edge though in that if the humans catch them out of their reset position they remain frozen forever.

It's shot and lit in a magical way though it goes on just a bit too long. I am still glad I finally managed to figure out what exactly it was, it only took me 27 years.


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