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Ziggy's Gift (1982)

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Ziggy gets a job to be a street Santa on Christmas Eve from a crooked boss, but the magic of the season allows the lovable loser to do more good than anyone expects.

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David Arias ... (voice)
Perry Botkin Jr. ... (voice) (as Perry Botkin)
Katrina Fried ... (voice)
Natasha Tabori Fried ... (voice) (as Natasha Fried)
John Gibbons ... Announcer (voice)
... Butcher (voice)
Jack Hanrahan ... (voice)
Linda Harmon ... (voice)
Tom McGreevey ... Officer O'Conner (voice)
Anna Ostelson ... (voice)
Latoya Prescod ... (voice)
Gloria Grace Prosper ... (voice) (as Gloria Gale Prosper)
Andy Raus ... (voice)
Terry Stillwell-Harriton ... (voice)
Lena Tabori ... (voice)
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Ziggy, of Tom Wilson's comic strip, has a Christmas adventure in this Emmy-winning special. When he becomes a streetside Santa for charity, Ziggy doesn't realize the donations are really lining the boss's pockets. Written by Anonymous

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Today's most popular "Hapless Hero" teaches the true magic of giving!


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The movie consists of more than 30,000 drawings which were done directly onto cels, not photocopied like most other animated films. See more »

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Give, Love, Joy
Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Harry Nilsson
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In my top 3
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I completely agree with the last person who posted on this, which was over a year ago. "Ziggy's Gift" is is one of the top 3 Christmas specials ever made, right up there with Charlie Brown and the Grinch. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say it's better than Grinch (though Charlie Brown is still my favorite). It's heartwarming without being sappy, witty without being jaded, and laugh-out-loud funny without being crude. My family has it on Beta - which, for the record, still works! - and we watch it just about every Christmas, along with the other two classics. I'm sorry it seems to have been completely forgotten, because it really is (or should have been) one for the ages.


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