Ziggy's Gift

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Ziggy's Gift
Based onZiggy comics
Written byTom Wilson
Directed byRichard Williams
Music byHarry Nilsson
Perry Botkin Jr.
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerRichard Williams
Running time24 minutes
Production companiesWelcome Productions, in association with Universal Press Syndicate
Original networkABC
Original releaseDecember 1, 1982 (1982-12-01)

Ziggy's Gift is a 1982 American animated holiday television special based on the Ziggy comics. Directed by Richard Williams, the special first aired December 1, 1982, on ABC.[1][2]


Written by Ziggy cartoonist Tom Wilson, the special includes animation by Eric Goldberg and Tom Sito.[3] The original song "Give, Love, Joy" was composed by Harry Nilsson.


Ziggy takes a job as a street Santa to raise money for the poor, accompanied by his faithful dog Fuzz. Surrounded by crooked Santas, sneaky thieves, and a suspicious cop, Ziggy remains honest and kind (while speaking no dialogue).


Ziggy's Gift won the 1983 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Unflinchingly unhip but unbelievably popular, Ziggy turns 35". The Associated Press. 2006-06-28.
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 474–476. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  3. ^ ‘Ziggy’s Gift’ Christmas Special from 1982:Retro Network
  4. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. pp. 351–352. ISBN 9781476672939.
  5. ^ Ziggy's Gift : Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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