[[caption-width-right:250:Feeling nostalgic yet?]]
''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?]]
!!Tropes associated with this work:
* AndIMustScream: Being frozen forever is like this, apparently.
* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: [[spoiler: Rugby's long talk with Mew after he gets frozen. Mew doesn't hear him, but the message of love gets through and he wakes up.]]
* TheDitz: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ditz the Clown]]
* 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.
* GreenEyedMonster: All the toys are afraid that the shiny new Christmas toys will replace them in the hearts of their human owners.
* HappyHolidaysDress: The Barbie (or BrandX equivalent) wears a grand dress with a [[PrettyInMink a white fur cape and hat]]. She later decides to get changed for the rescue mission. Alas, by the time she's dressed for action, it's Christmas morning and the lost toys are safely home.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Rugby
* JiveTurkey: The taxi toy Cruiser.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: If you want to see this movie as originally broadcast, good luck.
* 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.
* PerspectiveFlip: We see the scene of Rugby's unboxing three times -- once as it actually happened, a second time with Rugby putting some extra spin on it, and then a third time where we see that a despondent Apple witnessed the whole thing.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:It will bring frozen toys back to life!]]
* RecycledTheSeries: ''TheSecretLifeOfToys''. (An AlternateContinuity that replaces a few key characters and recasts some of the others.)
* SlidingScaleOfLivingToys: Level 1.
* [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath Talking The Toy Back Into The Box]]
* TearsFromAStone: We see Apple shed a SingleTear when Jaime unwraps her new Christmas toy.
* TooDumbToLive: Ditz takes his PlayedForLaughs stupidity to invoke the trope in its most literal sense (or as literal as it can be for the toys). Then it kind of stops being funny.