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



Kermit with the special's cast

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In this one-hour Christmas special, Christmas Eve is celebrated at the Jones' house, where the toys in the children's 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' house as they make 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 year before, 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 does not stop to think that if she unwrapped him again this year, she would see him out of his normal place where she usually puts him and he would be frozen forever.

Apple the Doll, whom Rugby supplanted as Jamie's favorite, tries to tell him what will happen if he does this. But he will not believe her, and he tries to get into the gift box, letting Meteora, Queen of the Asteroids loose. Unfortunately, she does not know that she is a toy and thinks that she has landed among aliens. It is 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 are found and frozen forever.


Home video releases

US releases

International releases


  • When originally aired on ABC, Kraft is presenter/sponsor of this special with the credit "Kraft presents". In subsequant airings, the credit is completely omitted.
  • 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. That version is also applied to the Hub Network airings and on Netflix streaming.



A promotional photo of Jim Henson with the characters

Actor / Muppeteer Character
Dave Goelz Rugby Tiger
Steve Whitmire Mew
Dauntless Dragon
Kathryn Mullen Apple
Jerry Nelson Balthazar
Richard Hunt Belmont
Toy Rabbit Magician
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


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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" • "A Very Muppet Babies Christmas" • "Summer's Super Fabulous Holiday Surprise"
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" • "Cretaceous Conifers" • "Don's Winter Wish" • "A Song For Everyone" • "The Holiday Tree"
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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