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Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)

Passed  -  Animation | Comedy | Family  -  5 December 1941 (USA)
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The happy tranquility of Buggsville is shattered when the populace learns that a colossal skyscraper is to be built over their tiny town.

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Complete credited cast:
Kenny Gardner ...
Dick (voice)
Gwen Williams ...
Mary (voice)
Jack Mercer ...
Mr. Bumble / Swat (voice)
Tedd Pierce ...
C. Bagley Beetle (voice) (as Ted Pierce)
Carl Meyer ...
Smack (voice)
Stan Freed ...
Hoppity (voice)
Pauline Loth ...
Honey (voice)
The Four Marshals ...
Chorus Interpretations (voice)
The Royal Guards ...
Chorus Interpretations (voice)
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Storyline

In a vacant corner lot off Broadway (by about a yard) is a place called the Lowlands by the tiny community that lives there. Bugs and insects are neighbors and hang out at the Honey Shop of old Mr. Bumble the bee and his daughter Honey. Hoppity the grasshopper arrives to be with Honey, his sweetie. This bugs the crooked C. Bagley Beetle, so do his bunglers Smack the Mosquito and Swat the Fly. The Beetle wants Honey and the Lowlands for himself. But the Human Ones, with their littering and carelessness, pose a threat of destruction to every Lowland home of bug and beetle alike. Despite the doomsaying of Mr. Creeper, the snail, Hoppity finds hope of a new home behind the house of two Human Ones: Mary, who cares for a beautiful garden; and Dick, a struggling songwriter who puts his own hope on a Broadway hit to save his home. Written by CPL Rixter

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The people you'' meet you'll remember forever - HONEY and HOPPITY, whose love none can ever sever. (original poster) See more »


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5 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bugville  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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The production of this film precipitated the rift between Max Fleischer and his brother, Dave, a rift that was never resolved. One reason for this rift was that Dave wanted to write the musical score for Mr. Bug, which Max refused. See more »

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Boy bug on skyscraper rooftop: Look at the Human Ones down there! They look just like a lot of little bugs!
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Where Do We Go From Here
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Music and Lyrics by Howard Johnson and Percy Wenrich
Sung a cappella by Kenny Gardner
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Forgotten Pioneer
24 July 2004 | by (Temecula, Ca.) – See all my reviews

Although never received well critically, this is a truly beautifully animated movie. This film, made at the outbreak of WW2 was one of the first 5 full length animated films ever made, and displays superb animation. Excellent too is the way human castoffs are used by the insects. Unfortunately the character of the principal villain is weak and two dimensional, and the story suffers as a result. The songs, however, are among the best I can recall in any animated film, and "Castle in the air" has to be one of my all time favorites. Unfortunately Max Fleisher was not as independent as Walt Disney, and as a result was never given an opportunity by Paramount to make another animated feature. However, the two that Fleisher was able to release will continue entertaining us for generations to come.


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