Secret Life of Toys

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Secret Life of Toys
Genre Children's television series
Written by Jocelyn Stevenson
Voices of Jerry Nelson
Dave Goelz
Louise Gold
Nigel Plaskitt
Mike Quinn
Theme music composer PEEK-A-BOO
Country of origin Germany, UK, US
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Brian Henson
Producer(s) Peter Coogan
Running time 10 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel The Disney Channel
BBC
ABC TV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 5 March 1994 – 28 May 1994

Secret Life of Toys was a 1994 series based on the 1986 TV special The Christmas Toy. Each of the thirteen 30-minute episodes consists of two 15-minute stories. The show was taped in Monheim, Germany (near the Dutch border), and aired on The Disney Channel in the US (beginning on 5 March 1994),[1][2] the BBC in the United Kingdom and on ABC TV in Australia.

Plot[edit]

This series depicts the further adventures of Rugby Tiger and his friends.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Raisin (performed by Louise Gold) - A tomboyish rag doll.
  • Hortense (performed by Louise Gold) - A worrying rocking horse.
  • Balthazar (performed by Jerry Nelson) - A really old bear plush toy who is very wise. He functions as a fatherlike leader to the toys, and tells them when it's safe for them to move: "All clear, everyone! They're gone!" He was designed by Larry DiFiori and built by Joann Green.

Other characters[edit]

  • Daffodil (performed by Louise Gold) - A breakable princess doll who lives on the top shelf. Nobody really understands her. Daffodil is arguably the oldest toy in the house, having belonged to a family that previously owned it. After her original owner grew up and moved away, she lived alone in the attic of the house for many childhoods until the current family's children found her and brought her into their playroom. She alone among the toys understands what the attic actually is.
  • Bunny Lamp (performed by Mike Quinn) - Takes care of the lighting in the toy room and warns the toys when people are coming.
  • Bratty Rat (performed by Jerry Nelson) - A shifty rat who was purchased at a secondhand store.
  • Eggie (performed by Mike Quinn) - A dimwitted Humpty Dumpty-like toy egg who thinks eggs are the smartest creatures in the world.
  • Datz (performed by Jerry Nelson) - A paper bag puppet that looks like his brother Ditz.
  • Cruiser (performed by Brian Henson) - Looks like a Fisher Price Little People figure who drives a taxi. He loves to use cool slang words. His motto is: "A dollar on the drop, and ten cents for any additional miles." He was designed by Larry DiFiori and built by Tom Newby and Norman Tempia.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Oops! / Don't Tell Me
  2. Follow the Leader / Disappearing Ditz
  3. I'm Going to Tell... / The Cat Toy That Roared
  4. Rock-a-Bye Worries / The Magic Fish
  5. Climbers / Be Plush
  6. Queen Raisin / Balthazar in Beam Land
  7. Ditz and Datz / Mummies
  8. All Washed Up / Bunnochio
  9. More Than a Mouse / Happy Hortense to You
  10. Down with Dinkybeard / The Sky is Falling!
  11. Baby Balthazar / True Mew
  12. Mr. and Mrs. Rugby / I Spy
  13. Who Shares Wins / It's a Giveaway

Credits[edit]

  • Muppet Performers: Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz and Louise Gold, Nigel Plaskitt, Mike Quinn with Marcus Hubner, Axel Rathberger, Jurgen Tombers
  • Written by: Jocelyn Stevenson
  • Music: PEEK-A-BOO
  • Lyrics: Jocelyn Stevenson
  • Muppet Characters by: Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop New York
  • Workshop Supervisor: Paul Hartis with Maria Boggi, Ross Franks, Vedina Bajrektarevic
  • Production Team: Dieter Viehweg, Peschka Stills, Oliver Hehemann, Jill Coley
  • Set Decorator: Monica Muller
  • Lighting: Detlet Sackenheim
  • Cameraman: Michael Breuer
  • Videotape Editor: Maria Jesus Diez
  • Sound: Markus Windt
  • Dubbing: Thomas Bruck, Andrew Stacey
  • Set Design: Val Strazovec, Alan Cassie
  • Creative Consultant: Dave Goelz
  • Co-Producer: Jocelyn Stevenson
  • Producer: Brian Coogan
  • Executive Producer: Brian Henson
  • Videotaped at info-studios Monheim
  • Produced in association with: BBC, WDR (West German Broadcast), and The North Rhine Westfalia Filmstiftung
  • © Jim Henson Productions, Inc. MCMXCIV
  • MUPPET is a registered trademark of Jim Henson Productions, Inc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV REVIEWS : Muppets Come to Life in 'Toys'". The Los Angeles Times. 5 March 1994. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  2. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 12, no. 2, February/March 1994: pp. 32, 39.

External links[edit]