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Western Animation / Christmas In Tattertown

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"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."
Ralph Bakshi, in an interview with Animato! magazine in 1988.

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.

Contains examples of:

  • Ambiguously Jewish: The Christmas tree who owns the comic book store speaks with a Yiddish accent rhetorically asks "Why would I know anything about Christmas?!"
  • And Call Him "George"!: Why Muffet avoids Debbie like the plague.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Everyone in Tattertown except Debbie.
  • Big Bad: Muffet, who's the most antagonistic character in the special and even tries to ruin Christmas for the people of Tattertown
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Muffet can't stand the wacky antics of the citizens of Tattertown.
    • Downplayed with Debbie. While there are times when Tattertown's wackiness can get on her nerves, Debbie has more tolerance than Muffet.
  • Perma-Stubble: Muffet, despite being female.