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(August 5, 2019)

The Toy That Saved Christmas 1996 prototype VHS cover

The VHS Cover

When The Toy That Saved Christmas was released on October 28, 1996, it was made available for mail-order delivery (just like with the original 1993 Where's God When I'm Scared? VHS). This version of the episode is basically identical to the original animation version but with some minor differences from the final version. With the original animation intact, the episode was slightly modified before being shipped to Christian market releases around early December 1996.


  • The entire VHS boxart is different as follows:
    • No night sky, instead featuring the same boomerang background but with green and red colors of boomerangs to represent the Christmas Holiday season
    • Some of the characters' eye shading is darker compared to the final front cover
    • Spines and back are treated with the same style like the boxart with the previous two episodes' prototype mail-order releases
    • The back cover does not show Buzz-Saw Louie, Larry and Junior– it instead lists the Silly Songs with Larry feature "Oh, Santa" and a promotion for "A Very Veggie Christmas"
  • The VeggieTales Theme Song (the one with clips from Are You My Neighbor?) plays at the beginning (with added instruments)
  • Buzz Saw Louie has a higher pitched voice
  • Grumpy Kids and Oh Santa use their audio from A Very Veggie Christmas
  • George doesn't speak during the Black Screen of Death
  • Larry has his tooth in the title card for Oh Santa
  • At the end of Oh Santa, the screen fades to the title card instead of an abrupt cut
  • Bob and Mr. Nezzer don't speak during the ending scene
  • While By My Sheep plays instead of He is Born the Holy Child or Away in a Manger
  • The instrumental to Can't Believe It's Christmas plays at the end.
  • Louie says, "I need more wood!" during the Big Idea logo (from DATGP)
  • A teaser for "A Very Veggie Christmas" plays at the end of the tape


  • This version of the tape has the same blank white cover spines that were used on prototype covers of Rack, Shack and Benny and Dave vs. the Giant Pickle. The final print of the video would have more perspective of the snow background panning around the VHS cover on the spines.


The Toy That Saved Christmas (RARE 1996 prototype VHS)

The Toy That Saved Christmas (RARE 1996 prototype VHS)

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