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|“||I am the Toy Taker, fear me!||„|
|~ The Toy Taker|
The Toy Taker (real name: Mr. Cuddles) is an anthropomorphic teddy bear disguised as a thief who served as the main antagonist-turned-anti-hero of the 2001 computer-animated film, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys.
Mr. Cuddles started his life as a Christmas present given to Steven. Mr. Cuddles was his favorite gift, playing with him and always took him everywhere he went. That is until the inevitable happened, when Steven was growing up and had found other interests and hobbies. This hurt Mr. Cuddles's feelings and he was put inside a box, before making his trip straight to the dump, which tore parts of his stuffing out.
Wishing to save other fellow Christmas toys from the fate of "outgrowth", he puts on an olive fedora, an old green trench coat, sky blue mittens, and wears brown stilts, going under the name "Toy Taker". He used a magic flute (it is never mentioned how he got ahold of it) to hypnotize other toys and enter his large blimp.
The Toy Taker stumbles upon a home one stormy night and steals several toys inside, ranging from a rocking horse, to a car, and a rag doll. Using his hypnotic flute, all the toys were guided straight to his blimp, via vacuum suction. Next he stole tin toy soldiers from a bell tower with the vacuum. Home after home, neighborhood after neighborhood, the Toy Taker abducted toys all over the world from children who play with them.
The next night, after stealing the toys right out of Santa Claus's workshop, Rudolph, Hermey, Yukon Cornelius, Bumble, and Clarice set out to find and capture the Toy Taker. He is then seen inside an iceberg with the captured toys and he tells every one of them why they are there. He goes on to say in song that the kids outgrow their toys and abandon them, but still sympathetic when he dabs the tears off a rag doll and fixing and elephant's nose before leaving. He then succeeds in stealing the gingerbread toys from Castaway Cove, but after plundering the Island of Misfit Toys, the heroes disguise themselves as toys and sneak aboard the blimp that he uses as transport; he was unable to take Bumble with him because he was "too... ginormous!"
After the heroes are discovered, the Toy Taker pushes a button on his control and sends them falling through a trapdoor. They fly back on board and seem to corner him, but he escapes to the top of the blimp, followed by Yukon. But as Cornelius tries to get closer to him, he leaves holes on the blimp due to the spikes on his cleats, with the Toy Taker reminding him he was "ruining his blimp." Cornelius is thrown off the blimp by a passing Boomerang That Doesn't Come Back, only to be rescued by Bumble below.
Rudolph and Clarice then scare the Toy Taker with the red light from Rudolph's nose, prompting the hooligan to parachute into the abandoned Peppermint Mine. After a chase through the roller-coaster like mine, Toy Taker makes a run for it, but is lassoed by Yukon Cornelius (armed with dental floss borrowed from Hermie). Once his coat and hat are pulled off by Cornelius, everyone watching (later joined by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Bumble and the gang) begin to discover the Toy Taker was a teddy bear on stilts named Mr. Cuddles. Still showing his fear, it begins to fade when no one would fear him.
Santa then comes up to him when he sees the stuffing fall out of his hole. When Rudolph questions why a teddy bear would steal toys, Mr. Cuddles corrects him that he only wanted to save them, from being forgotten by their owners. He then tells the story of how he once belonged to a young boy named Steven, before feeling seemingly abandoned and forgotten by him. But Santa would tell him this is not the case, and assures him Steven would never forget him. Mr. Cuddles also apologized for his troubles. In the end, he reforms and after being repaired by Queen Camilla, is delivered to Steven's daughter by Santa Claus. She wakes to see him and hugs Mr. Cuddles when a now adult grown Steven looks down to see him.
- His backstory is similar to Lotso's, another teddy bear. They were both Christmas presents given to their child owners (Steven for Mr. Cuddles, Daisy for Lotso) and both felt betrayed by their owners. The teddy bears also have an association with the dump.
- The dump happened to be Lotso's fate, while for Mr. Cuddles it was what changed him into a villain.