Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Just in Time for Christmas -- Santa’s Magic Toy Bag -- Arrives on DVD on October 21st (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Legend Films Proudly Presents

Christmas May Not Happen This Year!

Beloved Holiday Specials Not Seen Since Their Original ’80s TV Broadcast
Showcase the Puppeteering & Voice Talents of Alf’s Paul Fusco

Just in Time for Christmas, On DVD Oct. 21st

It is hard to find a good family friendly Christmas movie to share with the kids.  While I am a fan of the classic cartoons and animated flicks I grew up watching around the holidays, my daughters are a little set in their ways in that they want to see current characters in the movies.  I don't know about you, but some of the holiday movies nowadays lack the magic that ones we used to watch back in the day had. I remember getting excited about Santa's arrival and all things magical and wonderful about Christmas.  Holiday movies were wholesome and even though simple in animation really warmed your heart and had you reaching for these movies year after year.

One holiday movie that is a stand out from my childhood was "Santa's Magic Toy Bag", which aired on television back in 1983.  Prior to this upcoming DVD release, this movie was nearly impossible to find and watch.  Unless your original VHS of the movie, which you recorded off of the television, was still in good playing, then you could only talk about how wonderful this holiday movie and how you wish it was on DVD to share with your children.

Well, now it is and I was so excited recently to surprise my girls and a few of their friends with a screening.  Of the 5 moms who brought their girls, 3 remembered this movie, and were also excited to watch. The other weren't born when it originally aired, and had no idea what I was talking about.  But, once everything settled in tot watch this cute holiday movie, the magic began to happen.  Everyone's undivided attention was on the television, toes and feet were tapping during the musical numbers, and I couldn't help but catch everyone smile during different scenes.  

Overall, it was a fun viewing party, and one that has prompted the other moms to pre-order a copy of this soon to be holiday best seller on a DVD for family, with kids of all ages.  We will definitely be watching this a few more times (at minimum) before Christmas comes.  How about you?i

More about the movie:

"Parents will once again enjoy these beloved, 1980s,  holiday puppet specials – not seen since their original Showtime Network  debut and never before available in any video format. This is a unique chance for families and children to discover them again for the first time!

From Paul Fusco – creator and producer of NBC’s award-winning Alf (1986-1990) and the writer/puppeteer/voice behind the iconic television alien – these popular holiday TV specials showcase classic, wholesome, family entertainment at its best.

First to be released in the series is Santa’s Magic Toy Bag (1983), on DVD Oct. 21.

In Santa’s Magic Toy Bag, Christmas is bustling, festive and exciting for Santa, Mrs. Claus and all the Elves at the North Pole…  Sherman, an aspiring apprentice Elf, tries his best to fit in but can’t seem to do anything right!  He’s worked in nearly every department at the North Pole and has triggered a series of disasters everywhere he goes.

Santa tries to bolster Sherman’s self-esteem by entrusting him with the special task of guarding his Magic Toy Bag until Christmas Eve.  When Sherman accidentally shrinks the bag by washing it, he fears there might not be a Christmas this year … Unless the accident-prone Elf can finally make things right!

Featuring an original holiday soundtrack and the voice and puppeteering talents of Paul Fusco.

Coming Soon in the Holiday Collection From Paul Fusco …

The Valentine’s Day That Almost Wasn’t (1982) — When the sinister Rubella Slime  and her brothers threaten to poison all of Cupid’s love arrows with an evil “hate potion,” Valentine’s Day may be ruined forever!  It’s up to the efforts of Sam Cupid and his Cupid patrol squad to take action and save the holiday.

An Easter Story (1983) — It’s the day before Easter and there aren’t enough eggs to go around this year.  Time is running out for a panicked Easter Bunny to come up with a plan … fortunately his son stumbles upon a unique way to save the day!

A Far-Out Fourth (1983) — Young Carl, who has become disillusioned with the Fourth of July, is abducted by space aliens.  As a captive aboard their ship, he soon realizes the meaning of freedom and the true spirit of the holiday.

A Thanksgiving Tale (1983) — Thanksgiving just might be Tom Turkey’s unlucky day! While on a mission to break into show business, he stumbles upon a group of cats who plan to make him their holiday main course.  When a rival gang of dogs come to his rescue, Tom eventually unites the two sides and teaches them to live in harmony and to be thankful together."

About Legend Films:
Legend Films, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is a leading distributor of quality home entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray, download and streaming platforms and cable VOD.  Its extensive library of independent and studio titles covers a broad array of genres, including drama, thrillers, mystery, horror, sci-fi, cult, comedy, classic, children’s, holiday specials, sports and other special-interest programming, including the original RiffTrax comedy series from the stars of the beloved cult classic TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Founded in 2001, Legend Films is the pioneer and recognized leader in the restoration and colorization of classic B&W films. The company’s proprietary technology represents some of the most advanced restoration processes in the world, producing full-feature, HD colorization achieved at a resolution and quality that is unsurpassed. Visit us online at

Santa’s Magic Toy Bag
Legend Films
Genre: Holiday/Family/Kids
Not Rated
Format:  DVD Only
Running Time:  Approx. 30 Minutes (Plus Approx. 10 Minutes of Special Features)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
Pre-Order Date:  September 30, 2014
Street Date:  October 21, 2014
Catalog #:  LF00652

UPC Code:  # 8 44503 00297 6

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. This looks super cute for Christmas and one I had not heard about before thanks for sharing.