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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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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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


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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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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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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

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Together at Christmas
9 May 2015 | by utgard14See 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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