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Christmas in Tattertown
Format Animated series
Created by Ralph Bakshi
Starring Charles Adler (voice)
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 1
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original airing December 21, 1988

Christmas in Tattertown is a 1988 television special created and directed by Ralph Bakshi about a place where everything discarded in the world came alive. It aired on the cable television network Nickelodeon.



Bakshi originated the idea for Tattertown in high school, where it was originally a comic strip called Junk Town. The strip made light of the human condition by showing value of things we throw away. [1]

Bakshi worked with Nickelodeon to bring his strip to life as a regular television series. In 1988, they commissioned him to create a pilot for the series. It aired on December 21, 1988 during the network's Nick At Nite block of programming.

Originally the series was to be picked up in 1989 for 39 episodes, but the project was abandoned. Nickelodeon renamed the pilot Christmas in Tattertown and aired it annually as a special until 1992. Bakshi has retained rights to the pilot and in an interview on his official website conducted on August 2, 2007, he confirmed a DVD release.


  • Debbie, the protagonist, a saccharine, happy-go-lucky human girl who finds herself in Tattertown while looking for her lost doll Muffet.
  • Muffet: the antagonist. Based on public domain children's character Little Miss Muffet, Muffet is a cute doll in a baby bonnet. Seizing her new chance at a life in Tattertown, she renames herself "Muffet the Merciless" and becomes a despot.
  • Sidney the Spider: Voiced by Charles Adler. He is similar to Nails the Spider from the 1992 Ralph Bakshi movie "Cool World" on the count that they are both spiders and voiced by Charles Adler.
  • Tannenbaum: a discarded Christmas tree, ironically performed with a stereotypical New York Jewish accent.


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