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The Christmas Toy

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

A charming, if familiar, toy story.

Movie NR 1986 50 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 4+

Sweet holiday film!

This is such a heartwarming story that kids and adults can both enjoy during the holiday season! Love the message at the end that theres a place and enough love for the old and the new!
age 7+


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

It's impossible not to think of Disney's 1995 feature Toy Story while watching this lesser-known -- but still reasonably charming -- Muppet predecessor. The stories are similar, and Jamie's new toy even turns out to be a space action figure much like Buzz Lightyear. Kids will relish both videos, but it's no contest: Disney's Cowboy Woody is more likeable a hero than the boastful Rugby. Not even magical Muppetry can match the digitally animated toy's-eye view of the world of Toy Story.

Aside from Rugby, the supporting Muppet toys are rich and funny. Most are original to this video. The hero turns out to be Mew, a mouse who belongs to the family pet and has to overcome the other toys' prejudices against him. Meanwhile, Rugby must learn to accept that Jamie no longer has eyes only for him. Here's an opportunity to engage children in a discussion of sibling rivalry and tolerance.

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