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The Christmas Toy

Episode Summary

A stroll down Jim Henson’s hall of nightmares. Guests: Beth Cieslik, Adam Jurotich, Donnie Storms. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

🎄 Join us on a stroll down Jim Henson’s dark hall of nightmares to 1986 to rewatch The Christmas Toy, an idea no one has repeated since.  


🎙 Guests:  

Beth Cieslik (@BethTheObscure).  

Adam Jurotich (The Hourchive).  

Donnie Storms (Bronwen’s Ghost, @boxcar45).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Kermit was cut from the DVD release, but he’s back in the version on Amazon Prime Video.  

2. Rugby crashing his skateboard into a block tower is the 1980s Muppet version of WWE’s Titus O’Neil tripping and sliding underneath the ring.  

3. “Teacup Furby.”  

4. Mother Goose Rock ’n’ Rhyme and the song Gordon (Never Really Learned to Play).  

5. Apple is closer to a female My Buddy than Kid Sister, the actual female My Buddy.  

6. The inevitable Toy Story comparison.  

7. Somehow we worked in a Christmas Shoes joke. I don’t have a link for that. I just wanted you to know.  

8. Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  

9. The Secret Life of Toys, the short-lived 1994 sequel series.  


📼 Retro Commercial Break:  

Kraft Holiday Recipes featuring The Christmas Toy poster, 1986, preserved by Dinosaur Dracula.  

Crispy Critters Cereal, 1987.  


🎤 And Now, These Messages:  

Snow in Southtown.  

“The Christmas Toy” ©1986 Henson Associates, Inc.  

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