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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 »

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Rugby / Ditz / Dauntless Dragon (voice)
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Mew (voice)
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Apple (voice)
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Balthazar (voice)
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Belmont (voice)
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Cruiser (voice)
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Nikki Tilroe ...
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Jesse Jones
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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 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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Jim Henson's The Christmas Toy  »

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Trivia

The original version of the TV special had an introduction and conclusion narrated by Kermit the Frog but this was removed from later home video versions, probably because Kermit and the other traditional Muppet characters (like Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Rowlf the Dog, etc.) are now the property of the Disney Corporation. Since none of the other well known Muppets appeared in the main part of the special, it remained intact. See more »

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Meteora: You dare to touch the Queen? Inhabitants of many planets have died for less!
Rugby: No they haven't.
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Referenced in Toy Story (1995) See more »

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Greatest Christmas Toy of All
Performed by Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire
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Together at Christmas
9 May 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A stuffed tiger named Rugby was a little girl's Christmas toy last year. Wanting to relive that experience, he intends to sneak into the box of this year's Christmas toy and replace it. His toy friends try to stop him before he's seen by a person. If people see the toys when they're moving around, the toys will be frozen forever.

This is a delightful Christmas special from Jim Henson with Kermit appearing at the beginning and end. Some good songs (and one not so good near the beginning) with absolutely charming characters and a lovely story. As other reviewers have mentioned, there's an obvious similarity between this and Toy Story. This is something Muppets fans or fans of great old Christmas TV specials will certainly appreciate.


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