I need some help remembering a children’s film from my youth. I have tried every search I can think of to find it but what I can remember seems to be too vague to yield any results. The story revolves around a boy and a girl who’s humpty-dumpty-like soft toy gets kidnapped by a menacing character, who is believed to stay in the furnace in the basement, called Mister Whobody. They walk around the city (I suspect New York, but I’m not sure) dragging a little red wagon on which Egg sits and rhymes from which he is snatched. I think it was made and released during the 1980’s but it could be the early 1990’s.

What made this show so memorable is the musical numbers, the first is when the boy brushes his teeth, but the best one is at breakfast when hands appear from the yellow checkered table cloth and gobble up the children’s pancakes before they can have any. The rhyme that is used in this animated performance is Betty Botter Bought Some Butter:

Betty Botter bought some butter,
“But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter;
If I put it in my batter,
It will make my batter bitter;
But a bit of better butter,
Better than the bitter butter
Will but make my bitter batter better.”
So she bought a bit of better butter,
Better than the bitter butter,
and made her bitter batter better.

The film is not a drawn animation, real actors play the roles and I think the songs are done using clay animation. I have no idea how the story ends, I can just remember Egg falls in a few puddles and comes home very dirty and the children overcome their fear of the basement. If anyone knows or remembers anything useful, I would really appreciate it!

In honor of my search I am posting this empty red wagon vector (free for commercial use) which can be found here.