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How the Toys Saved Christmas (1996)

La freccia azzurra (original title)
When Santa's helper Granny Rose falls ill and must take off a Christmas Eve, she recruits Mr. Grimm to help deliver all the toys. What no one but the toys knows is that Mr. Grimm plans to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Granny Rose (voice)
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Mr. Grimm (voice)
Neil Shee ...
Santa (voice)
Walter Massey ...
Mr. Tinker (voice)
Michael Caloz ...
Christopher (voice)
Sonja Ball ...
Jingles (voice)
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Conductor / Skipper (voice) (as Richard M. Dumont)
Arthur Holden ...
Traindriver (voice)
Thor Bishopric ...
Pilot (voice)
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Maid / Ticket Seller (voice)
Jane Woods ...
Milford (voice)
Susan Glover ...
Alfred (voice)
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Holly (voice) (as Holly G. Frankel)
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Polly (voice)
Gary Jewell ...
Wizard / Statue (voice)
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When Santa's helper Granny Rose falls ill and must take off a Christmas Eve, she recruits Mr. Grimm to help deliver all the toys. What no one but the toys knows is that Mr. Grimm plans to auction off the toys to the highest bidder! His plan means that the toys won't make it to the children who are their destinies. The toys decide to deliver themselves, and the story follows them as they struggle to avoid the heartless Mr. Grimm and to find their true homes. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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5 December 1996 (Germany)  »

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How the Toys Saved Christmas  »

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In 1997, the film was imported to the U.S. and released direct-to-video by Buena Vista Home Video, under the title "How the Toys Saved Christmas" (although, as shown in the previews, originally going to be titled "The Toys Who Saved Christmas"). The film featured Mary Tyler Moore as the voice for the Befana, who was named "Granny Rose", Tony Randall as Scarafoni (whose name suggest "scarafaggio" that means beetle), who was named "Mr. Grimm", and Michael Caloz as Francesco, who was named "Christopher Winter". The film also had some scenes from the original Italian release deleted or placed before other scenes, along with some music scores taken ou See more »

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Wonderful Cartoon
23 August 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

"La Freccia Azzurra" (The Blue Arrow) is a charming movie decrypting the story of several toys from the toy store of "La Befana" (Granny Rose) who are searching for a young Italian lad named "Francesco" and also in search for the owner (child) who will truly like them and love them. But yet nothing could go as simple as walking through the streets and not meet problems... They encounter close death, possible annihilation, and various other problems such as the Horrible Scarafoni (Mr. Grimm) who wishes nothing but to stop these toys to be able to sell them... I would just like to point out ONE simple thing that in the versions that are not in Italian you may understand that Granny Rose is a helper of Santa Claus which is completely false it is just because Granny Rose in Italian is "La Befana" an old witch who goes around giving gifts to children on the 6th of January in hopes of finding Jesus. Like the Dutch, Italian children get visited by two imaginary people each, in the case of the Dutch, Saint-Nicholas and Santa Claus and for the Italians Santa Claus and then the "Befana". Watch this movie to see an epic journey of several toys as they struggle to find a master who will love them.


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