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Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Family | 5 December 1941 (USA)
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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, (uncredited)

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(original story), (original story) | 10 more credits »
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Cast

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 SCREEN'S FIRST FULL-LENGTH MUSICAL COMEDY CARTOON! (original posters-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

5 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bugville  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ted (Tedd) Pierce was loaned to Fleischer Studios from Warner Bros. where he was a writer for Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. Pierce also lent his unique bass voice to several Warner's cartoons as well, rather unique in that business. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Bumble: It's my daughter's right to listen to what her little heart says, and it just don't seem to say "Beetle".
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Connections

Featured in Out of the Inkwell: The Fleischer Story (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Do We Go From Here
(1917) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Howard Johnson and Percy Wenrich
Sung a cappella by Kenny Gardner
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Great Cartoon
26 July 2001 | by (Irvine, California) – See all my reviews

I have viewed this cartoon as a child, a father, and now a grand-father. It is my favorite cartoon. I love the characters, the great little tunes, and the very good drawings. I totally love the main song which comes up throughout the cartoon. I think it is a beautiful little cartoon. Everyone I have shown it to simply loves it. It is too bad it opened on such a bad day (Pearl Harbor bombing). If it wasn't for the bad timing it would have been a great success. I hope I can find a DVD of it because all the VHS tapes don't do it justice.

I think if anyone shows it to their child they will come up with the same result. They will just love it.


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