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The Little Rascals Christmas Special

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The Little Rascals Christmas Special
Based onOur Gang
Written byRomeo Muller
Directed byCharles Swenson
Fred Wolf
StarringPhilip Tanzini
Jim Gatherum
Randi Kiger
Al Jocko Fann
Robby Kiger
Darla Hood Granson
Stymie Beard
Theme music composerGreig McRitchie
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersRomeo Muller
Fred Wolf
EditorRich Harrison
Running time24 minutes
Production companiesKing World Productions
Muller-Rosen Productions
Murakami Wolf Swenson
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Original releaseDecember 3, 1979 (1979-12-03)

The Little Rascals Christmas Special is an animated Christmas television special based on the Our Gang comedies of the 1920s-40s. The special was produced by King World Productions, and first aired December 3, 1979 on NBC.[1] It is a spoof of the 1905 O. Henry short story The Gift of the Magi.[2]


Spanky (Philip Tanzini) and Porky (Robby Kiger)'s mother (Darla Hood) is a single mother during the Depression. Money is tight with very little left over to buy anything nice. When the boys overhear Mom talking on the phone about a Blue Comet, they think she is ordering for them the Blue Comet train set for the holidays. However, Mom wasn't talking about the train, but rather a vacuum cleaner. Realizing that she confused her sons, she exchanges a coat she had ordered for the train. When she gets sick and the boys realize the truth, they enlist the help of the gang to raise the money to get the coat back. Meanwhile, two neighborhood bullies steal the train set so now there are no gifts for the boys or their mom. A grouchy Salvation Army Santa (Jack Somack) arrives to spread cheer.




  1. ^ Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 257–260. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  2. ^ 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. p. 172. ISBN 9781476672939.
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