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The Christmas Toy


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Product Details

  • Actors: Zachary Bennett, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Marsha Moreau, Kathryn Mullen
  • Directors: Eric Till
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lyons / Hit Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EN5I40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Celebrate the thrill of Christmas in Jim Henson's award-winning film, THE CHRISTMAS TOY. This critically acclaimed adventure takes place on the night before Christmas - when all of the toys magically come to life. But when Santa delivers his presents, some of last year's toys are fearful of being replaced. Lead by Rugby the Tiger, the old toys venture from the playroom to meet their new friends under the Christmas Tree. Experience the magic of Christmas in this classic Jim Henson adventure filled with fun, music, and laughter.

Customer Reviews

Such a sweet story with a great message.
Sarah M.
My sister and i loved to watch this movie all the time when we were little kids.
agentjohnson
I am so happy I finally found this on DVD.
Kristen M. Sutkus

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Mike Rophone on November 3, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Kermit's opening sequence and his introduction to the cast have been edited out. Gone, too, is the entire "Old Friends, New Friends" song finale, in which Kermit shows up and joins the cast singing the song. All that's left is a brief chorus heard over the closing credits.

For those who have never seen the 1986 original, this will make no difference. For myself and my kids, who fell in love with the original version, this Kermit exorcism is quite sad. Plus, the song finale was an important closing celebration of the show.

The DVD transfer is pristine, but one star is missing, in tribute to the missing green frog dressed in a Santa suit. I'm sure there are purist Henson fans who will not be as generous as I.

There should be a lump of coal in Disney's stocking this year.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Paul Mccarty on December 19, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Studio Lyons should be ASHAMED of this DVD release. No extras. Missing opening by Kermit and closing finale of Old Friends, New Friends. This is one of the best Christmas films ever made and they do it no justice. To add insult to injury the disc is labeled as CC closed captioned for the hearing impaired and our friend who is hearing impaired came to watch and we assured her it has subtitles so she could enjoy the film. She was so heartbroken being a big muppets fan that she could not follow the film because there IS NO CLOSED CAPTIONING. Luckily I already own the VHS release and it has closed captions and no missing scenes. DO NOT BUY THIS DVD!!!!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By N. Thomas on September 6, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
How sad is this...? My sister and I, who are 27 and 30 respectively, think this is the most fun Christmas movie to watch together around the holidays! When our mother taped it off the TV (and we still have that...and every single commercial is for some kind of margarine, which they don't do anymore [that is, run only one product's commercials during a program]) we watched it over a few Christmases and then forgot about it. In high school we rediscovered the tape and thought the story was really stupid and childish...but then, despite ridiculing the idiocy of the stinking mouse "Mew" and the wide-eyed vacuousness of "Apple" the doll (maybe Gwynnie Paltrow liked this movie too and named her poor daughter after that character...?), we ended up watching it every Christmas since. And of course the busty Meteora, who is as close to a villain as this show has, is particularly worthwhile, with her outrageous "outer space" breastplate and diva-esque song. In truth the songs are memorable, like "Old Friends, New Friends" and of course, as it's a Muppet production, one would be hard pressed to find even the most jaded Gen-X'er who wouldn't smile at the antics of Jim Henson's creations. Merry Christmas!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on December 22, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
After spending an afternoon watching the other Muppet Christmas specials on DVD, I found myself staring at my DVD shelf, seeing a gap where this classic special really should reside. As a child, I fell in love with this special immediately, and whenever they would air it, I'd still feel the same tugs on my heartstrings.

This is one of those Christmas specials that should NEVER be forgotten. Whoever owns the rights to this one now -- whether it's still the Jim Henson company or whether Disney got the rights when they bought the Muppets, take a look at the reviews we've got here. There's an audience! For Christmas of 2007, give us back "The Christmas Toy" on DVD!
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Horatio Guttersnipe on September 17, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I recall this film well and we already own the old British release but the fact that Disney has not allowed Kermit to appear on this dvd is yet another example of how Henson's creative spirit is ultimately usurped by the market place. We all remember how much overlap there was between Henson's worlds; Fraggles would appear in Muppet films, Sesame Muppets appeared along side Fraggles and Muppets and this conveyed the most important thing in Henson's world, the family unit, his family was reflected here and what Disney and Hit should know by now, is that one product will support the other; these are old films, just waver the rights and someone take note, the Muppet franchise works at it's best when the Muppet family supports each other. These are old films, just leave them alone ..... by editing this film they have spoilt it, Kermit and the cast end the story in a huge sing song and musically, they have butcher the ending.

What made the magic of such Muppet specials is that they were part of the Muppet family and as an audience we were invited in to this family and made to feel apart of it. That was the magic of such work and I find it hard watching this version now, it just doesn't gel well for me. The Christmas Toy was released on to dvd in England as an extra bonus feature along with The Muppet Family Christmas dvd (in 2001 as a Columbria/Tristar release), so the original is out there still, if only second hand.

I am not a Henson purist at all and Jim Henson was a man who understood the balance between art and business, however he isn't around now and cutting up these old films spoils something of that creative spirit.
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