The Christmas Toy is an Emmy Award-nominated Christmas special produced by The Jim Henson Company, originally aired on ABC on December 6, 1986. The special spawned the 1994 spin-off series The Secret Life of Toys.



Kermit with the special's cast.

In this one-hour Christmas special, Christmas Eve is celebrated at the Jones' home, where the toys in the playroom magically come to life when people are not around. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful.

Following an introduction by Kermit the Frog, who provides a glimpse into the Jones' household as the family makes holiday preparations, the toys talk about the meaning of Christmas and how they will prepare to welcome the new toys that will be given to the Jones children, Jamie and Jesse. Rugby the Tiger, who was Jamie's Christmas present the previous year, remembers that special day, and decides to find a way into a gift box under the tree again this year, as he does not want to be replaced as Jamie's favorite. However, he doesn't stop to think that if Jamie unwrapped him again this year, she'd see him out of his normal place that she usually puts him and he'd be frozen forever. Apple the Doll, whom Rugby supplanted as favorite toy, tries to tell him what will happen if he does this. But Rugby won't believe her, and he tries to get into the Christmas package, letting Meteora, Queen of the Asteroids loose. Unfortunately, she doesn't know that she's a toy and thinks that she's landed among aliens. It's up to Apple, Mew (the cat's toy mouse), and the other toys to get Rugby out of the box and Meteora back in it before they're found and frozen forever.

Home video releases

US releases

International releases


  • When the special was released on VHS in 1993, the opening sequence (before the main titles) was cut.
  • When HIT Entertainment released the special on DVD in 2008, Kermit's scenes were cut, due to The Muppets franchise having been acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2004. Kermit's scenes were also cut from the special's broadcasts on the Hub Network.


Actor / Muppeteer Character
Dave Goelz Rugby
Steve Whitmire Mew
Kathryn Mullen Apple
Jerry Nelson Balthazar
Richard Hunt Belmont
Camille Bonora Meteora
Brian Henson Cruiser
Rob Mills Bleep
Nikki Tilroe Ding-a-ling
Marsha Moreau Jamie
Zachary Bennett Jesse
Jim Henson Kermit the Frog


External links

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Jim Henson Productions and Related Shows
Sesame Street and related shows Christmas Eve on Sesame StreetA Special Sesame Street ChristmasElmo Saves ChristmasElmo's World: Happy Holidays!A Sesame Street Christmas CarolElmo's Christmas CountdownChristmas with Ernie & Bert • "Monster Monster Day" • Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas • "A Furchester Christmas"
The Muppets John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas TogetherA Muppet Family ChristmasThe Muppet Christmas CarolIt's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas MovieA Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaLady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular • "Single All the Way"
Other shows and specials The Great Santa Claus SwitchEmmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas • "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" • The Christmas Toy • "Refrigerator Day" • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree • "Mrs. Zabarelli's Holiday Baton" • "A Berry Bear Christmas"
Merry Christmas from Sesame StreetJohn Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas TogetherA Sesame Street ChristmasElmo Saves Christmas: Holiday FavoritesA Green and Red ChristmasBob! from Sesame Street: Christmas Sing Along

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