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 the value of things we throw away.
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.
"The Carpenters at Christmas" (1977) was Richard and Karen Carpenter's second TV special and first one for Christmas. The TV special "The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait" followed in 1978 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzaxs_...).
Many of the songs from the specials, as well as the Carpenters' 1978 album "Christmas Portrait," were from Spike Jones' 1956 "Xmas Spectacular," which Karen and Richard listened to as children. (see more)
Special guest stars include Kristy McNichol, Harvey Korman, and Burr Tillstrom's Kukla and Ollie.
0:01 "Sleigh Ride" 5:20 "Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas" 11:57 "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails" 16:09 "It's Christmas Time" 18:11 "Christmas Alphabet" 21:23 "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" 25:05 "We Are Jolly Fellows" (I think) 26:53 "Hello Kukla Hello" 29:10 "O Holy Night" 40:48 "Kuklapolitan Christmas Carol Medley" 41:59 "Happy New Year" 44:47 "Christ is Born"
Karen Carpenter: Hi. Kukla: Hi. Ollie: Hi. Karen Carpenter: How ya doin'? Ollie: I'm great Karen, just great. Karen Carpenter: I'm really glad you came tonight, but can I have a merry Christmas kiss you think? Ollie: Oh, you think? Get out of the way junior. You know what that was? That was my blarney stone kiss. I'm sorry you didn't get it. Kukla: Could I have one? Karen Carpenter: Yeah here. Kukla: Right on my nose I love that.