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The Spider and the Fly (1931)

A kitchen is filled with houseflies. A spider wakes up and plays his web like a harp, attracting a pair of them; the female is trapped, and the male summons the cavalry, which arrives ... See full summary »

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Wilfred Jackson
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A kitchen is filled with houseflies. A spider wakes up and plays his web like a harp, attracting a pair of them; the female is trapped, and the male summons the cavalry, which arrives riding horseflies, riding dragonflies to drop pepper bombs, firing champagne bottles, and ultimately setting the web on fire and catching the spider on flypaper when he falls. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Spinne und die Fliege See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Featured in Silly Symphonies Rediscovered (2006) See more »

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Yay...bugs!
18 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of many black & white cartoons made by the Disney company that were marketed under their Silly Symphonies trademark. These films were true to their name and featured music--and the characters all moved about to the songs. In this case, you have a lot of cute bugs infesting a home and a nasty spider who is out to do evil...that is after he stops to play the web-harp. Once finished, he is eager to catch a cute bee for some cross-species romance (ick!) or to kill and eat her--you really don't get to find out which is the case. That's because the bees and all their other bug friends come to the rescue--delivering a healthy dose of comeuppance! All in all, an enjoyable little romp.

By the way, note that the spider has six legs. This was probably done just to make animating him easier. Also, I liked the horseflies--see them and see what I mean.


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