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The Christmas Toy (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Family | Musical  -  6 December 1986 (USA)
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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 »



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Complete credited cast:
Rugby / Ditz (voice)
Mew (voice)
Kathryn Mullen ...
Apple (voice)
Balthazar (voice)
Richard Hunt ...
Belmont (voice)
Camille Bonora ...
Meteora (voice)
Cruiser (voice)
Rob Mills ...
Bleep (voice)
Nikki Tilroe ...
Ding-a-Ling (voice)
Marsha Moreau ...
Jamie Jones
Jesse Jones


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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6 December 1986 (USA)  »

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The Christmas Toy  »

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Biker toy: Oh, get off the track, Jack.
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Referenced in A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) See more »

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Child's Play
18 December 2013 | by (The Underverse) – See 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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