Secret Life of Toys
|Secret Life of Toys|
|Genre||Children's television series|
|Written by||Jocelyn Stevenson|
|Theme music composer||PEEK-A-BOO|
|Country of origin||Germany, UK, US|
|Executive producer(s)||Brian Henson|
|Running time||10 minutes|
|Original network||The Disney Channel (U.S.)
ABC TV (Australia)
|Original release||5 March– 28 May 1994|
Secret Life of Toys was a 1994 children's TV 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), the BBC in the United Kingdom and on ABC TV in Australia.
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This series depicts the further adventures of Rugby Tiger and his friends.
- Rugby Tiger (Dave Goelz) is a plucky tiger plush toy who is always looking for an adventure. He was designed by Larry DiFiori and built by Rollie Krewson.
- Mew (Nigel Plaskitt) is Rugby's good friend who is a catnip mouse toy that belongs to the family cat. He was designed by Larry DiFiori and built by Joann Green.
- Raisin (Louise Gold) is a tomboyish rag doll.
- Hortense (Louise Gold) is a worrying rocking horse.
- Ditz (Dave Goelz) is a clown plush toy who can easily get mixed up. He was designed by Larry DiFiori and built by Marian Keating.
- Balthazar (Jerry Nelson) is 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.
- Dinkybeard (Jerry Nelson) is a wooden toy pirate. He was designed and built by Paul Andrejco.
- Daffodil (Louise Gold) is 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 (Mike Quinn) takes care of the lighting in the toy room and warns the toys when people are coming.
- Bratty Rat (Jerry Nelson) is a shifty rat who was purchased at a secondhand store.
- Eggie (Mike Quinn) is a dimwitted Humpty Dumpty-like toy egg who thinks eggs are the smartest creatures in the world.
- Humble Gary (Mike Quinn) is an extremely humble tiger.
- Datz (Jerry Nelson) is a paper bag puppet that looks like his brother Ditz.
- Cruiser (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.
- Bleep (Rob Mills) is a toy robot who sometimes freezes during his speech. He was designed by Larry DiFiori and built by Tom Newby and Norman Tempia.
- Oops! / Don't Tell Me
- Follow the Leader / Disappearing Ditz
- I'm Going to Tell... / The Cat Toy That Roared
- Rock-a-Bye Worries / The Magic Fish
- Climbers / Be Plush
- Queen Raisin / Balthazar in Beam Land
- Ditz and Datz / Mummies
- All Washed Up / Bunnochio
- More Than a Mouse / Happy Hortense to You
- Down with Dinkybeard / The Sky is Falling!
- Baby Balthazar / True Mew
- Mr. and Mrs. Rugby / I Spy
- Who Shares Wins / It's a Giveaway
- 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 Supervisors: 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
- "TV REVIEWS : Muppets Come to Life in 'Toys'". The Los Angeles Times. 5 March 1994. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
- The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 12, no. 2, February/March 1994: pp. 32, 39.