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I've been looking for this FOREVER, I was about to give up looking for it and just saying it was a wierd dream I had. I watched this when I was in 2nd grade , and all I remembered was the premise of the toy being frozen forever, the lion character being friends with a mouse, and the female superhero. Also, I think said female superhero is supposed to be more of a She-Ra action figure than a Barbie doll. I used to think it was a darker take on Toy-Story, only to recently hear that it came first, and it isn't nearly as dark as I seem to remember it being.
I really wonder if the version with Kermit is actually available on physical copies of the movie. I borrowed this from a public library and watched it a few days ago, and they cut his scenes. I don't mind so much about the intro (they put in a scene with a few other toys and Rugby skateboarding to introduce the title) but I am a little upset that they couldn't show all of the toys together at the end.
As a matter of fact, I DO remember this special ,though my little sister had to remind me of it for the recollection to return. After a couple minutes of mulling I actually recalled the name "Meteora", to my own surprise.
Sis told me she's getting the movie for her kids this year, and to be honest I'm sort of looking forward to singing those songs with my nieces.
You're quite right that they stayed far away from the typical Christmas fare and I have a feeling that was done on purpose, to keep the special as secular and inclusive as possible (an idea that was really starting to take root in '87).
Okay, so when I was little I had this special on VHS, it was kind of a tradition every year, my mom my big sister and I would seat on the floor in front of the tv, with some hot cocoa and Christmas cookies just beacuase I LOVED that special. We watched it every time even though it was in English and nether of us spoke English (now I do) lol. Still I loved it every time. I was devastated when we moved and my mom noticed she had thrown my childhood favorite special with all the garbage...
Now that I come across this review (Please, this is from my perspective) I kinda feel personally attacked. As you said at the beginning of the video: you just watched it recently... so I kinda feel you don't get the point of it like you would if you had watch it when you we're little. You're reacting like this is all BS and you don't give a crap about this special. Anyway, good job on bringing this memory back to those who liked this special.
I remember when the little clown toy was frozen forever because of the mom finding them, it traumatized me as a kid for some reason. And even if I forgot the majority of the special since I was real little, I still remember that scene quite clearly. The only other scene that I remembered was the beginning with Kermit.
Just a few more things to share:
My only guess to what Meteora is based was She-Ra Princess of Power the sister of He-Man. She about the only lady action figure that was really big in the 80s. Check out either of their cartoons or the Christmas special they did together is you're ever in the mood for something delightfully campy.
If you look on google book for The Wonderful World of Jim Henson, you'll find a really good essay about how this special suggest subtle themes of death and prejudice similar to Fraggle Rock that was airing at the same time. Not all the pages are there, but enough to get the jest of why the author think this special endures despite not being one of the Muppet strongest holiday offerings.
Happy Holidays and New Year from one loving Muppet fan to another!
I have kind of a funny back and forth history with this special. When I saw it as a kid a love, but only saw it a few time and didn't think much about it. Skip ahead many years watching with adult eyes for the first time...well I still found it enjoyable, but noticed some of the same problems you did. Now after watching again a year or two later...I'm close to loving again. Sort of.
What I've really come to admire about The Christmas Toy is how it seamlessly shifts between childhood innocence and the basic unfairness of the real world. The music and lighting in the toy room is warm and welcoming, while the hallway and down stairs without the kids to look after them has a dark or foreboding feel. There's some genuine tension there, even when you know it's all going work out in the end.
Hello,i've just randomly found u while watching a video showing selection sidebar clicked/watched your review of muppet caper & Christmas carol just yesterday. for i grew watching the Christmas toy in the 90's when i was a little kid. loved your review but i have one negative & should be addresss your recommendation for people buy the dvd to amazon at 9:04. Because heavily edited along with muppet family Christmas(if u do review on it that one would so cool! it's an awesome special.) i even did a review on it telling people where to buy the uncut version. it's a two disc set having muppet Christmas & double feature with Christmas toy. here's the link to it www.timesforgottendvd.com/muppet-family-christmas-uncut.html Happy holidays and new years to u from another diehard muppet fan:)
I have a poster for that special. It's a painting of the characters from The Christmas Toy with a photo of Kermit in a Santa hat superimposed over the bottom half. I believe my Mom obtained it by sending in proofs of purchase to Kraft or something. It had Kermit in it, so that was good enough for me to hang it up in my bedroom, but because I hadn't heard of The Christmas Toy, I had no clue what, if anything, the artwork had to do with the Muppets, so I was a little nonplussed by it, frankly. It was like someone had just decided to slap Kermit's image over a random picture. It wasn't until at least a couple years later that I finally caught The Christmas Toy on TV and connected the dots.
I can't say I disliked the special, but it didn't turn into a perennial holiday classic for me either. I may have only watched it that one time. In hindsight, the thing about the toys freezing forever is pretty dark. Some kid who watched that could find one of their toys out of place and think they killed it.