The Toy That Saved Christmas is the sixth episode of VeggieTales and the first holiday special of the series. In October 6, 1998 by Word Entertainment on VHS, in November 7, 2000 by Lyrick Studios on VHS, and in October 29, 2002 on DVD.
The story begins on Christmas Eve at George's house where he tells a bedtime story to his granddaughter Annie. As Annie begs for her grandpa to tell another story, he tells the story of a town that didn't understand the true meaning of Christmas.
It was at a town called Dinkletown, where George used to deliver the town's mail. After delivering a Christmas tree to Junior Asparagus' house, the children go inside to watch TV. They watch a commercial staring Mr. Wally P. Nezzer and Mr. Lunt dressed as Santa and an elf advertising a toy named Buzz Saw Louie. They say the toy can say the "true meaning of Christmas." When the toy's button is pushed, the toy says that Christmas' true meaning is where you get more toys. After seeing the commercial, the children of Dinkletown go crazy and demand their parents to get more toys. Looking at the town through his giant telescope, Mr. Nezzer notices the kids whining and happy that his plan working. His plan is to sell a lot of toys and make a fortune. Meanwhile, as the Buzz Saw Louie toys are being tested by Mr. Nezzer's penguin minions, one of the Buzz Saw Louie toys comes to life and isn't satisfied on what he and the other toys are saying. One night, as he is in storage with the other toys, he begins to to wonder what Christmas' true meaning is. He then escapes out of his box and escapes the factory, but stumbles down a nearby hill. The story then stops for the silly song (see Oh, Santa!).
After the silly song, the story resumes. The next morning, as Bob, Larry, and Junior go sledding, the sled crashes near a danger sign that closes of the collapsed Puggslyville bridge. After getting off their feet, the trio find the Buzz Saw Louie. As the toy comes to life, he says to the boys that he is on an adventure to find Christmas' true meaning. Bob suggests heading on ever to George's house. At George's house, George pulls out his bible and reads the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. The story reads that an angel of God came to a couple of shepherds in King David's home town to tell them that a baby boy will be born from God and will be given to everybody. George tells the boys that Christmas isn't about getting, but rather giving.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Dinkletown kids are still whining about Buzz Saw Louie and Christmas is the next day. In need to tell everyone about the true meaning of Christmas, the boys and Louie head to the toy factory. At the factory, they find a television studio. As soon as the boys hit the air, they tell the residents of Dinkletown the true meaning of Christmas. While everyone is no longer whining about toys, Mr. Nezzer notices Bob, Larry, Junior, and Louie using his TV studio and he has them captured.
Mr. Nezzer has the boys tied up and put on sled and taken a random town. As Larry tells him to not take them to Puggslyville, Mr. Nezzer has them set to go away, but the citizens of Dinkletown come right on time to stop Mr. Nezzer. One of the kids comes to Mr. Nezzer and gives him a present. Mr. Nezzer is happy of his present (a teddy bear) because he never gotten a present as a kid because his family was poor. As Mr. Nezzer apologizes to the Dinkletown, he accidentally pushes a button that sends the tied up bows down to Puggslyville. Mr. Nezzer and his penguin minions go to save the boys from heading to their doom.
As the boys are heading down the mountain to the collapsed bridge, Louie uses his buzz saw to cut the ropes and saves everyone. Mr. Nezzer sees that the boys are alright, but he sleds into the Puggslyville danger zone. Louie catches on to one of the penguin minion's sled and heads down to the danger zone along down with the other penguins. As Mr. Nezzer begins to fall to his death, Louie and the other penguins come just in time to form a human rope and save Mr. Nezzer. George comes in to save Bob, Larry, Junior, Louie, and Mr. Nezzer. Later that night, the whole Dinkletown community celebrates Christmas and exchanges gifts with everyone. Louie stays in Dinkletown and makes homemade furniture for everyone. Everyone in Dinkletown had the best Christmas ever.
- Baby Lou
- Percy Pea
- Lil' Pea
- Junior Asparagus
- Me. Nezzer
- Mr. Lunt
- Mom Asparagus
- Dad Pea
- Dad Carrot
- Mom Carrot
- Toy factory workers
- Buzz Saw Louie
- Toy factory security guard
- Scallion #1
- Pa Grape
- Mom Pea
- Dad Asparagus
- a teddy bear
Laura: *begs* I wanna Buzz-Saw Louie!
Lenny: *begs* I want 10 Buzz-Saw Louies!
Laura & Lenny: *begs* 'Cause that's the true meaning of Chrismas! *whining loudly*
- This is the first episode to not show countertop. The silly song doesn't count.
- The footage used for the television broadcast is in a different frame rate than the rest of the episode. Mike states they did this so it makes it look like a home video.
- This episode was reanimated in 1998 prior to the airing of the VeggieTales Christmas Spectacular.
- During production of the episode in September through October in 1998, Big Idea's air conditioners were shut down and a sudden heat wave hit. After the video was released, Phil Vischer suffered a bacteria to his heart which caused major chest pains. He had to stay in bed for a month.
- The episode had gone through frequent changes after it was released the first time.
- Mr. Lunt mentions about Nebby K. and his chocolate factory.
- When the gang first come upon Mr. Nezzer's television studio, you'll notice the pictures use in "The Forgive-o-Matic" skit from the second episode and the couch from "I Love My Lips."
- When George delivers the presents to Dinkletown, there is a shot which shows Christmas presents. One of the presents features wrapping paper covered with various VeggieTales characters. It's only featured in the newly animated version after the initial 1998 release.
- There is a picture in George's house of George in a sailor's uniform. It is possible he is a Navy veteran.
Real World ReferencesEdit
- Mouse Trap is a board game where to goal is to play against each other by getting the other player trapped in one of the Rube Goldberg-like mouse traps.
- Bumblyburg later became the city where Larry-Boy resides.
- Bob would later say his famous words in a later Christmas special.
- The danger zone sign with the skull would be used as the first logo on Pa Grape's pirate hat in The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything and as the dead-end zone which is actually the entrance to the Larry-cave used in Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!
Directed by MIKE NAWROCKI CHRIS OLSEN PHIL VISCHER
Produced by CHRIS OLSEN
Production Coordinator JENNIFER COMBS
Written by PHIL VISCHER
Storyboarding by LUIS CONTRERAS PHIL VISCHER
Concept Art MIKE NAWROCKI CHRIS OLSEN RON SMITH PHIL VISCHER
Character Voices DAN ANDERSON LESLY BENODIN KRISTIN BLEGEN KEN CAVANAUGH BRIDGET MILLER MIKE NAWROCKI LISA VISCHER PHIL VISCHER SHELBY VISCHER
Edited by MIKE NAWROCKI
Sound Effects Editor MIKE NAWROCKI
Dialogue Editor BRIDGET MILLER
Modeling Artists ROBERT ELLIS ADAM HOLMES MIKE LAUBACH BRYAN MOLL CHRIS OLSEN
Animation Supervisor CHRIS OLSEN
Character Animators THOMAS DANEN ROBERT ELLIS MIKE NAWROCKI CHRIS OLSEN RON SMITH
Effects Artists CARA BUKOVSKI ADAM HOLMES MIKE LAUBACH
Render Management LESLY BENODIN KEN GREENE
Software Development LESLY BENODIN KEN GREENE
Musical Score Composed And Produced by KURT HEINECKE ALAN MOORE JASON MOORE PHIL VISCHER
Audio Engineering MIKE NAWROCKI
Content Consultant SCOTTIE MAY Ed.D.
Catering BILL HALJUN