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Film: The Christmas Toy
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 The Hub.

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.

Does this sound familiar?

Tropes associated with this work:

The MuppetsPuppet ShowsEmmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983)Christmas SpecialA Muppet Family Christmas
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alternative title(s): The Christmas Toy
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