Western Animation: Christmas In Tattertown
“Tattertown is a strange world. What I wanted to do was make something where old and new animation could clash head on, visually, stylistically, and in attitude. Tattertown is where old cartoon characters live side by side with new cartoon characters, and they have a hell of a time relating. The old characters go all the way back to Paul Terry’s Farmer Alfalfa. Oswald the Rabbit is there and Bosko. And they’re right up against characters who are modern and can’t move very well and have superior attitudes.”A Christmas special created and directed by Ralph Bakshi which aired on Nickelodeon in 1988. It's loosely based on a comic strip Bakshi had created in his youth called "Junktown", and was originally the pilot to a series that never materialized.
—Ralph Bakshi, in an interview with Animato! magazine in 1988.
Contains examples of:
- Ambiguously Jewish: The Christmas tree who owns the comic book store
- And Call Him George - Why Muffet avoids Debbie like the plague.
- Animate Inanimate Object - Everyone in Tattertown except Debbie.
- Fluffy the Terrible - Muffet
- Genki Girl - Debbie
- Giant Spider - Sidney the Spider
- Interactive Narrator - Saxophone
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo - Golden Age cartoon stars Flip the Frog and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit can be seen sitting together in a bar, both off-model and unnamed. Oswald also appears early in the film via his trolley. Early Looney Tunes star Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid also makes a brief appearance.
- Living Toys - Muffet and Cubby, among others.
- One-Episode Wonder: This was originally going to be Nickelodeon's first foray into evening television (and a regular children's series for Ralph Bakshi).
- Perma Stubble - Muffet, despite being female.
- Story Book Opening
- True Meaning of Christmas
- You Can't Go Home Again - Debbie. Literally, thanks to the series never even starting.