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  • All-Star Cast: Even with its extremely low production values, Rapsittie managed to get a cast that includes Mark Hamill, Jodi Benson, Grey DeLisle, and Nancy Cartwright; the latter of whom was also a producer for the special.
  • Amateur Cast: Averted with the special's cast members, animation directornote , and technically Colin Slaternote  This is played straight with the producers (except Cartwright) who literally had no experience in either animation or TV production in general, and it seriously shows. Some of the other actors, like those of Ms. Pennington and Zeke have little to no other acting credits behind them either.
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  • Author Existence Failure: In a 2019 twitter post from one of the crew on the movie, it was revealed that director Colin Slater had died of a stroke some time in the mid to late 2010s. As such, information about him remain unknown and must be retained by those who knew him.
  • Creator's Apathy: The producer's daughter said that the special's abysmal animation was the result of her father never once looking in on Wolf Tracer to make sure production was going smoothly.
  • Descended Creator: Animator J.R. Horsting provides the voice of Zeke in this movie.
  • Domestic-Only Cartoon: A painfully obvious example at that.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For over a decade this special was thought to be lost, until Dycaite, founder of the Lost Media Wiki, managed to secure a copy and upload it to the internet.
  • Name's the Same: Ricky's not the only obscure rapping child named Ricky raised by a female relative after the death of their parent(s).
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  • No Budget: Inverted, as the special was produced on a modest $500,000 budget. While most of it was clearly spent on the voice cast, the animation is way more primitive and unfinished than it should have looked. This has fueled many conspiracy theories about Wolf Tracer being a front to scam producers out of their money by pretending to be an experienced animation studio.
  • Old Shame:
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: Rumors of Wolf Tracer being a money laundering scheme have circulated the internet since the special's first airing. It's never been confirmed, but Colin's shady history suggests there's some truth behind it.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Probably not a coincidence that the two main female characters are voiced by Disney Princesses.
  • Reclusive Artist: The special's director, Colin Slater, has a quiet presence on the internet note . However the few people who manage to find info on or make contact with him have a few... interesting recounts about it.
  • Stillborn Franchise: There were meant to be more specials (the end credits promise an Easter-themed movie called A Bunny's Tale), but thanks to the failure of this one all hopes of a franchise have completely vanished. A soundtrack album featuring Whitney Houston was also to be released, but that too was scrapped. Though 2003's Wolf Tracer's Dinosaur Island (by the same people, including managing to somehow get Mark Hamill back) may be considered a Spiritual Successor.
  • Troubled Production: Animating the special was no easy task, hence why it came out the way it did. Highlights from the Polygon article on the special's making include:
    • The software used, 3D Choreographer, was never meant for film and television production. Described by the developers as “an animation program designed for non-artists,” it was a way to create simple animation using pre-designed models for use in PowerPoint presentations and late-1990s internet. Because of this, the software's functions proved to be very limited. The animators found out that it doesn't let you model new character designs, forcing the studio to send the concept art to the software developers so they could create custom models specifically for the special's production. The animators were horrified when the resulting models came back.
    • Another setback with the software was its pre-programmed animation trajectory, which could not be changed or altered. This is why there are strange edits and scene continuity errors throughout; it was the only way they could cut out the unwanted parts of the animation.
    • One of the animators grew increasingly frustrated with the poor graphics and the limited functions with the software, to the point that he told the investors who financially backed the special that they were being ripped off (up to this point they haven't seen a single footage of the special). When Colin Slater found out he promptly fired him, forcing the remaining animators to work overtime as the deadline was just days away.
    • Speaking of deadline, they only had four months to animate the special. It was such a tight deadline there was no time to storyboard at all. Surprisingly, they were able to deliver the special on-time and on-budget.
    • Despite getting screen credit for directing Colin Slater was very hands off during the production, to the point that the animators didn't get any direction at all. Making it worse was that, aside from the very basic instructions, he was not an expert on how the animation software worked, forcing the animators to figure it out themselves as there was no one they could ask for help. As an inside joke, when the "Directed by Colin Slater" card came up in the closing credits they animated a snowman winking in response.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Whitney Houston was initially considered to record a soundtrack for the radio as a tie-in for the special's airing. While the album was released as Through a Child's Eye, she had no involvement in the final outcome.
    • You know how Ricky's grandma sometimes speaks proper English, and yet the other time speaks in incomprehensible gibberish? Well, according to the daughter of the film's producer, she was supposed to speak actual words. It's unclear when or why this was changed (and it certainly wasn't changed by the producer, who didn't see the film until it was finished), but Grandma's voice actor confirmed in an interview that she was asked to give that kind of performance.
      Debra Wilson: They were like, "Great-grandma is disheveled; she can’t get her words together." So that had to be in the script. That’s not audio. That’s me. I can tell the difference. That’s me.
  • Written by Cast Member: Nancy Cartwright is credited as a producer.

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