The Christmas Toy
|The Christmas Toy|
"The Christmas Toy" VHS cover
|Directed by||Eric Till|
|Produced by||Jim Henson|
|Written by||Laura Phillips|
|Music by||Jeff Moss|
|Edited by||Geoff Craigen|
|Distributed by||Henson Associates
|Release date(s)||December 6, 1986|
|Running time||50 minutes|
The Christmas Toy is a 1986 Emmy Award nominated ABC TV movie, directed by Eric Till and produced by The Jim Henson Company, featuring Jim Henson's Muppet, including Rugby the Tiger who remembers how he was the Christmas Toy last year, and thinks he's going to be unwrapped again this year. The film, which originally aired on December 6, 1986, was sponsored by Kraft Foods.
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.
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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 favorite Christmas toy last year and wants to be the favorite again this year, as not to be replaced by another toy. However, he doesn't stop to think that if Jamie unwrapped him again this year, she'd see him out of his normal place that she usually puts him and he'd be frozen forever. 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 forever.
|Dave Goelz||Rugby the Tiger, Ditz|
|Steve Whitmire||Mew the Toy Mouse|
|Kathryn Mullen||Apple the Doll|
|Camille Bonora||Meteora, Queen of the Asteroids|
|Nicky Tilroe||Ding-a-ling the Phone|
|Jim Henson||Jack-in-the-Box, Kermit the Frog (Uncredited)|