History Film / TheChristmasToy

22nd Dec '15 3:28:47 PM SpideyTerry
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''The Christmas Toy'' is a 1986 made-for-TV movie by The Jim Henson Company. It originally aired on ABC on December 6, 1986, and was sponsored by Kraft Foods. Originally introduced by Kermit The Frog, it was released on VHS format in 1993. In 2008 it was released on DVD. However, Kermit's appearance was edited out due to legal issues. It is currently being shown occasionally on TheHub.

The story follows the idea that, even when no people are around to play with them, toys love to play so much that they will do it on their own. But since a toy will be frozen forever -- unable to come to life and move on their own -- 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. It's up to Apple the Doll, whom Rugby supplanted as favorite toy, to tell him the truth. But Rugby won't believe her, and tries to get into the Christmas package -- only to release the ''current'' Christmas Toy: Meteora, Queen of the Asteroids. She's a warrior princess who doesn't know she's a toy and thinks she's landed among aliens. It's up to the other toys to get Rugby out of the box and Meteora back in it -- and everyone back to the safety of the playroom -- before they're all caught and frozen forever.

[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Does this sound familiar?]]

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''The Christmas Toy'' is a 1986 made-for-TV movie by The Jim Henson Company. It originally aired on ABC on December 6, 1986, and was sponsored by Kraft Foods. Originally introduced by Kermit The Frog, it was released on VHS format in 1993. In 2008 it was released on DVD. However, Kermit's appearance was edited out due to legal issues. It is currently being was shown occasionally on TheHub.

[[Creator/DiscoveryFamily The Hub]] before that network's re-branding.

The story follows the idea that, even when no people are around to play with them, toys love to play so much that they will do it on their own. But since a toy will be frozen forever -- unable to come to life and move on their own -- 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. It's up to Apple the Doll, whom Rugby supplanted as favorite toy, to tell him the truth. But Rugby won't believe her, and tries to get into the Christmas package -- only to release the ''current'' Christmas Toy: Meteora, Queen of the Asteroids. She's a warrior princess who doesn't know she's a toy and thinks she's landed among aliens. It's up to the other toys to get Rugby out of the box and Meteora back in it -- and everyone back to the safety of the playroom -- before they're all caught and frozen forever.

forever. [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Does this sound familiar?]]familiar?]]

Eight years later, the special was [[RecycledTheSeries recycled]] as ''Secret Life of Toys''. It lasted 13 episodes (with a TwoShorts format) and retained some of the special's performers.



* BatmanGambit: Rugby gets Meteora to return to her box by playing to her ego.
-->"That box is a one-way ticket to the fame and glory you deserve."



* DidntSeeThatComing: When the toys point out to Rugby that he'll be frozen forever if Jamie finds him in Meteora's box instead of where she left him, all he can say is, "Oops."



* TheFaceless: The parents are only ever seen from the waist down. Apparently a common trope for [[MuppetBabies Henson productions]].
* FantasticRacism: All of the other toys look down on Mew -- often reminding him that he's "just a cat toy." It doesn't help that toys hate the scent of catnip.
* TheGhost: Molly, the eldest, is never seen, only heard.

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* TheFaceless: The parents are only ever seen shown from the waist down. Apparently a common trope for [[MuppetBabies Henson productions]].
* FantasticRacism: All of the other toys look down on Mew -- Mew, with Rugby often reminding him that he's "just a cat toy." It doesn't help that toys hate the scent of catnip.
* TheGhost: Molly,
catnip. Towards the eldest, is never seen, only heard.end, Belmont's also against risking themselves just to save Mew.



* {{Irony}}: Rugby (a toy that's a cat) doesn't care for Mew (a toy for cats).



* JerkAssRealization: Rugby only realizes how much of a jerk he was to Mew after Mew becomes frozen. Rugby tearfully apologizes to Mew, and is about to leave when Mew wakes up.

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* JerkAssRealization: JerkassRealization: Rugby only realizes how much of a jerk he was to Mew after Mew becomes frozen. Rugby tearfully apologizes to Mew, and is about to leave when Mew wakes up.



* {{Masquerade}}
* NeverSayDie: Toys caught out of place are "frozen forever" and consigned to a 'graveyard' in the corner of the playroom. Even though it's never ''called'' death, it's clearly the functional equivalent.

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* {{Masquerade}}
{{Masquerade}}: See above.
* MissedTheCall: PlayedForLaughs with the Barbie-like doll. She wants to help the other protagonists, but she gets caught up looking for the right outfit and never leaves her house. She finally finds the right outfit once everyone is back in the room.
* NeverSayDie: Toys caught out of place are "frozen forever" and consigned to a 'graveyard' in the corner of the playroom. Even though it's never ''called'' death, it's clearly the functional equivalent.equivalent [[spoiler:until the toys figure out how to revive them]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Rugby leaving the room kick-starts the whole plot. Opening Meteora's box just makes it worse.
* NotSoDifferent: Balthasar notes how hard it was for Apple to be replaced as favorite. Apple says that ''no one'' likes being replaced and the others nod along. Rugby about to experience what Apple already has is also a major plot point.


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* TheVoice: Molly, the eldest, is never seen, only heard.


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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Mew notes that Rugby is the closest thing he has to a friend among the toys.
28th Nov '15 12:42:21 PM jetsetter21$
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* JerkAssRealization: Rugby only realizes how much of a jerk he was to Mew after Mew becomes frozen. Rugby tearfully apologizes to Mew, and is about to leave when Mew wakes up.
10th Apr '15 1:43:24 AM Spindriver
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* WainscotSociety: The toys have their own society, albeit only when humans aren't watching.
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* BrattyTeenagedDaughter: Molly is never seen, but her offscreen lines suggest her to be this.

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* BrattyTeenagedDaughter: BrattyTeenageDaughter: Molly is never seen, but her offscreen lines suggest her to be this.
4th Dec '14 10:36:03 PM Sheora
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* BrattyTeenagedDaughter: Molly is never seen, but her offscreen lines suggest her to be this.


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* TheGhost: Molly, the eldest, is never seen, only heard.


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* OhCrap: When Apple finally gets it through Rugby's head how dumb his plan is:
-->'''Apple''': Rugby, ''listen to me!'' If Meteora belongs in this box, then what do you think will happen to you when Jamie finds you here instead of on the floor where she left you??
-->'''Mew''': Rugby! You'll be frozen forever!
-->'''Belmont''': That's what I've been trying to tell you!
-->'''Rugby''': Whoops.
4th Dec '14 10:25:12 PM Sheora
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Rugby

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* ItsAllAboutMe: RugbyRugby sings a song about how awesome he is, which he reprises no less than ''twice.''
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: If you want to see this movie as originally broadcast, good luck.
* LivingToys

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: If you want LivingToys: The toys come to see this movie as originally broadcast, good luck.
* LivingToys
life and continue to play after the humans have left the room.



* RecycledTheSeries: ''TheSecretLifeOfToys''. (An AlternateContinuity that replaces a few key characters and recasts some of the others.)
4th Dec '14 10:07:36 PM Sheora
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* TheBigGuy: Belmont, the rocking horse. He's by far the biggest toy in the playroom.
4th Dec '14 10:01:19 PM Sheora
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* CaptainErsatz: The doll is not a Barbie.
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* CannotTellFictionFromReality: Meteora has no idea she's a toy. The others' attempt to reason with her fails spectacularly.
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