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How the Toys Saved Christmas (1998)

Mary Tyler Moore , Tony Randall , Enzo D'AlÚ  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mary Tyler Moore, Tony Randall, Neil Shee, Walter Massey, Michael Caloz
  • Directors: Enzo D'AlÚ
  • Writers: Enzo D'AlÚ, Gianni Rodari, Shelly Altman, Umberto Marino
  • Producers: Eve Chilton, Kathleen S. Faherty, Maria Fares
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, 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: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C8APQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How the Toys Saved Christmas" on IMDb

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Every Christmas Eve, Granny Rose (Mary Tyler Moore) helps Santa deliver toys to little girls and boys. Except this year, Granny Rose gets sick and asks Mr. Grimm (Tony Randall) to take over this most important job. When the toys overhear his plans to wait until morning and sell them to the highest bidder, the toys decide to deliver themselves! But there's danger and surprises around every corner as they try to find the children they're meant to be with -- without getting caught by Mr. Grimm! A magical holiday adventure, HOW THE TOYS SAVED CHRISTMAS is a delightfully toy-riffic movie chilidren of all ages will want to watch again and again.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars could be a classic someday. December 6, 2003
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Christmas Movie March 3, 2009
By Judith
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Christmas specials of all time. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Christmas movie June 22, 2014
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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