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"Every now and then an animated program comes along that seems destined to become a classic. "The Rapsittie Street Kids" franchise is such a project. Featuring a one hour musical animated special entitled "Believe in Santa" it is the first of two holiday one hour specials that features the rambunctious, cool and cute "The Rapsittie Street Kids." The music sound track is being released to radio to coincide with the Christmas TV Syndication window."
— Promotional pitch for the movie. None of it is true.
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The Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa is a CGI musical Christmas special that aired during the 2002 holiday season on December 11, 2002 in syndication and on WB+ (a prepackaged channel for smaller markets). Since it never aired after that short window of time it was believed to be lost for over a decade. It finally resurfaced on the Internet in 2015 to widespread mockery for its extremely poor quality, most notably its unfinished, stiff, dated computer animation. The plot of the special focuses on a spoiled rich girl named Nicole (Paige O'Hara) throwing away a teddy bear given by one of her classmates and later scrambling to find it after learning of its sentimental background. The movie can be found here.

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Tropes used in this film include:

  • Acrofatic: Smithy may be on the chubby side, but he's a surprisingly agile ice skater. So much so that he's able to humiliate the bullies by dragging Tug along while the latter holds onto his scarf.
  • Adults Are Useless: When a girl being bullied by Zeke complains to Ms. Parmington, she does not do anything to stop him, telling her it means that Zeke likes her.
  • Alpha Bitch: Nicole in the first half of the movie. She throws away her best friend's gifts because they didn't come from the mall, brags about how she's the best kid in the world, and seems to constantly ignore Ricky, going as far to take his bear that his mother gave him and throw it in the dumpster. To be fair, she didn't know how important it was to him, but it's still a pretty dick move.
  • Award-Bait Song: The ending credits features one sung by Paige O'Hara and Peabo Bryson called "Through a Child's Eyes".
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  • Bare Your Midriff: For some reason, Nicole wears a midriff-baring pink top despite it being winter.
  • Companion Cube: Smithy's sandwich.
  • Decoy Protagonist: At first the focus is on Ricky and his crush on Nicole but the second half shifts to Nicole and her belief in Santa.
  • Deranged Animation: The CGI animation is this movie is absolutely atrocious. Everyone looks very geometric, everyone moves very robotically, sometimes the characters seem really creepy, and it looks like it was made by a complete amateur.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Smithy rolls his eyes at Ms. Parmington's Loving Bully comment. It should be noted that while Smithy does constantly tease and rile Nicole and Lenee for no reason, the only time he does anything to them that could be considered physical assault is when he threw that toy stegosaurus at Nicole's head.
  • Fat Best Friend: Smithy is to Ricky.
  • Gang of Bullies: Todd runs one of these, with himself being the ringleader.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Nicole
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Smithy is an enthusiastic misogynist. It’s never really explained why he dislikes girls so much.
  • Hypocrite: Nicole makes fun of Lenee for believing in Santa Claus, despite her song showing her to be a believer herself. Although she could be just covering this up when in public, given how she's by herself while singing her song.
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "Look At Me" serves as this for Nicole.
  • Informed Ability: Ricky describes Nicole as "smart with books", and she claims to be a straight-A student in her song. However, we never see any evidence of her being skilled academically.
  • Insane Troll Logic: According to Nicole, your gift for Christmas is only good if you brought it from the mall. That's kinda like saying that the meal you had for dinner is only good if it came from your favorite restaurant. And the fact that she says "Cheap is not cool!" makes even less sense. You DO realize cheap things can come from the mall as well, right Nicole?
  • It's All About Me: Nicole has an entire song about boasting her ego as "The Best Kid in the World".
  • It Was a Gift: Ricky’s bear that he gives to Nicole was a gift from his late mother. Although it’s strange that he would give up something with sentimental value to Nicole, who is quite snobbish and materialistic and probably wouldn’t appreciate it much.
  • Jerkass:
    • Todd, Zeke, and Tug. They're a Gang of Bullies always picking on Ricky and Smithy, and they go as far as to laugh at Nicole and co. being chased by guard dogs.
    • Nicole's a pretty big jerk for the first half of the movie, yelling at Ricky when he gives her a gift and mocking Lenee for believing in Santa Claus despite believing in Santa herself.
    • The teacher, Ms. Parmington, openly insults her students, refuses to do anything about a girl being bullied and brags about how she's going to be spoiled rotten by her family once vacation comes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Smithy definitely won't be winning any nice guy awards, but he's a loyal friend to Ricky.
  • Karma Houdini: Ms. Parmington, who faces no comeuppance for neglecting her students.
  • Kick the Dog: Nicole throwing away Ricky's gift serves as this, as Smithy calls her out for it.
  • Limited Animation: The animation looks really stiff and unnatural. Notably, many characters walk by just dipping their feet up and down.
  • Loving Bully: When a girl who's getting bothered by Zeke complains to Ms. Parmington, she says it just means he likes her.
  • Meganekko: Lenee.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Ricky’s teddy bear, which was a gift from his deceased mother. He tries to give it to Nicole, but she, without knowing the bear’s backstory, thinks it is old and gross. She yells at Ricky and throws it away. She only finds out about what the bear meant to Ricky when she accidentally finds and reads his letter to Santa, prompting Nicole, Lenee, and Smithy to try to find the lost bear.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Nicole gets this moment when she finds out that Ricky's bear she had thrown away was given to him by his deceased mother.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Ricky has a crush on Nicole why, exactly?
  • Off-Model:
    • The size of the posters in the background of Ricky's bedroom change sizes between shots.
    • Parts of characters frequently clip through each other.
    • The characters frequently move in ways that wouldn't be possible for a (normal) human being.
    • The inside of Ms. Parmington's arms/sleeves are not textured, making them appear transparent.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: According to the Lost Media Wiki, Rapsittie was animated using 3D Choreographer, an animation software suite first developed in the 1990s for Intel 486 machines running Windows 3.1! By the time the special was released, said software is already considered primitive when machinima artists have done animated features with far superior visuals using popular video games. Ironically enough, no copies of 3D Choreographer can be found on the web at all either.
  • Pet the Dog: For all his flaws, Smithy is a legitimate friend to Ricky, being one of the few kids who doesn't make fun of him, trying to tell him Nicole's no good, calling her out when she rejects his bear and looking for said bear long before Nicole does.
    • When Ms. Parmington tells the girl Zeke's bothering that he's doing it because he likes her, Smithy sounds completely unconvinced.
  • Random Events Plot: The plot has tons of holes, convenient coincidences, and is generally quite strange and confusing.
  • Reality Ensues: Ricky tries to win materialistic Alpha Bitch Nicole over by giving her his teddy bear. It doesn't work.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Ricky.
  • Rich Bitch: Nicole at the beginning.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end of the credits, Jenna announces that she'll be back with the Easter Bunny, indicating that an Easter special was planned. There's indications that it actually came to be and even aired on TV, but it's very much a Missing Episode at any rate.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • The opening theme of the movie is a choir singing a version of “Good King Wenceslas.” However, it sounds strangely creepy and ominous and wouldn’t look out of place in a Tim Burton movie. But then again, the animation in this movie is so weird and terrible that the creepy music kind of fits.
    • Later on, "Christmas Chimes" by Jason Ebs is played over a scene of Smithy running from a couple of bullies.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Pretty much the specials only saving grace. There's countless moments of unintentional hilarity in every scene due to how awful everything is. Smithy, the bullies, great grandma and the principal are exceptionally hilarious.
  • Surfer Dude: Zeke speaks this way.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At first Zeke appears to be a Cloudcuckoolander but then later he's joining Todd and Tug in mocking Nicole, Lenee and Smithy.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Nicole. Unfortunately, the way it's handled, it seems like her entire character just turns on a dime.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Smitty seems proccupied with sandwiches, carrying one with him most of the time.
  • The Unintelligible: Ricky's great-grandma must be an alternate universe version of Boomhauer or something. To her credit she does speak intelligibly at a few points.
    Ricky: Great grandma, you always know just what to say.
    Great Grandma: DohuhohohwhehelghuhohokesynohehCHRISTMAShuahhahohoho!
  • Vague Age: The students look to be middle schoolers, as the appear to be in various stages of adolescence, but their grade level is never given. They attend elementary school and the movie is (apparently) about believing in Santa, however, the designs for several resemble teens or adults more.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Todd, Tug and Zeke suddenly just vanish from the plot after Ricky and friends get chased out of the junkyard by the guard dogs.
  • World of No Grandparents: Bizarrely averted as Ricky is raised by his great grandmother, Lenee's grandmother shows up briefly, and Nicole's grandmother is the one who sent her the Video Box she gives to Ricky.
  • Yes, Virginia: The B-Plot (?) is about Lenee trying to believe in Santa.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: One of the delinquents at Rapsittie St. Elementary, Zeke, has neon blue hair.
  • Younger Than They Look: Nearly all of the kids except for Lenee's little sister, Jenna, look more like teenagers than actual children.

 
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