Ziggy's Gift

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Ziggy's Gift
Written byTom Wilson
Music byHarry Nilsson
Perry Botkin Jr.
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
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 TV special short film directed by Richard Williams, based on the comic strip Ziggy.[1] The special first aired December 1, 1982, on ABC.[2]


It was written by Ziggy's creator Tom Wilson and animators included Eric Goldberg and Tom Sito with music by Harry Nilsson.[3]


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. Ziggy does not speak any dialogue in the special.


The film won a Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1983.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Unflinchingly unhip but unbelievably popular, Ziggy turns 35". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-12-25.
  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. ^ Television Academy

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