How The Toys Saved Christmas 2003 NR CC

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Every Christmas Eve, Granny Rose (voice of Mary Tyler Moore) helps Santa deliver toys to little girls and boys. except this year, Granny Rose is sick and has asked Mr. Grimm (voice of Tony Randall) to take over this most important job.

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Mary Tyler Moore, Tony Randall
Runtime:
1 hour, 18 minutes

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How The Toys Saved Christmas

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Genres Kids & Family
Director Enzo D'Alò
Starring Mary Tyler Moore, Tony Randall
Supporting actors Neil Shee, Walter Massey, Michael Caloz, Sonja Ball, Richard Dumont, Arthur Holden, Thor Bishopric, Joanna Noyes, Jane Woods, Susan Glover, Holly Frankle, Maggie Castle, Gary Jewell, Mark Camacho, Bruce Dinsmore, Terrence Scammell, Michael Rudder, Rick Jones
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2003
Format: DVD
I took this video out of my local library, not expecting much. I took a peek at it while the kids were watching, and was pleasantly surprised. It is very well done, with good animation, a clever story line, and a good message.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judith on March 3, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a cartoon Christmas tale of Granny Rose. Santa is so busy that he enlists the help of Granny Rose to deliver the toys in her town. She has a magic broom she rides while dropping the presents down the chimnies. However, this year Granny Rose has a cold, so she enlisted the help of Mr. Grimm. She doesn't know that Grimm intends to sell the toys and keep the money instead of giving them to the children. When the toys overhear his plan they come to life and try to find the children they were meant for.

This is apparently an Italian production, which was redone in an English version. Mary Tyler Moore and Tony Randall provide the voices of Granny and Grimm, but you would never recognize them, especially Randall.

The toys have fun personalities. There is a conceited French soldier and his troop, a wise Indian chief, two sweet dolls, a train and its crewmen, a scared wizard, a sweet wind-up puppy, and more. My favorite scene is the box of crayons showing their new owner what fun they can be by drawing pictures that come to life.

It's a pleasant little cartoon. It won't replace Rudolph in the holiday DVD offerings, but the children will probably enjoy this as a change from the Grinch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zebra Girl on September 19, 2012
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I bought this for my granddaughters, ages 6 & 10. They loved it! Every holiday season I add a few new movies for the children to watch while the adults are busy. As this was playing, one by one, we all ended up with the kids, watching this movie. It is a very cute story, and a nice addition to our holiday collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on September 18, 2012
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This movie is so charming. I first saw it as a kid, and I completely fell in love with it. Everything from the animation, to the sweet voices is just pure Christmas bliss. This film is just good family fun. I first saw this movie as a young child, so I can tell you that there aren't any scary parts and it's totally safe for children to watch.
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This is, as one of the other reviewers says, originally a 1996 Italian film. It was called "La freccia azzurra" (The Blue Arrow) after the little train that appears in the movie, and is based on a book of that name by Gianni Rodari, first published in 1964. The film was awarded a silver ribbon from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists in 1997.

The character called Granny Rose in English is really la Befana, the good witch who delivers presents to Italian children on the Epiphany. I love the illustration style of this film, which reminds me a bit of Tintin and a bit of the Strega Nonna books illustrated by Tomie dePaola. And the story about gift giving is charming, too.
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By Alex Davis on January 10, 2014
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It was a heartwarming story about how Gifts and the spirit of giving can bring joy to people of all ages.
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