Now a fairly obscure character, Buddy was the second Warner Brothers Looney Tunes character, after Bosko and followed by Beans the Cat. Buddy didn't last long, being retired in 1935 after 23 cartoons starting in 1933.
The Buddy cartoons are intriguing to see how very early Looney Tunes characters, before the iconic ones with far more interesting and funnier personalities were introduced, fared. His filmography is very much variable, most ranging between mediocre and decent though 'Buddy's Adventures' is one of the rare very good Buddy cartoons. Ranking 'Buddy's Bug Hunt', it's one of his decent efforts and one of his better ones too.
'Buddy's Bug Hunt' does more right than it does wrong. The animation is nicely drawn and detailed with the black and white looking crisp and some of the visuals in the dream scenes are among the most imaginative in a Buddy cartoon. Even better is the very energetic and cleverly orchestrated music score. Music played a big part in the Buddy cartoons and it was essential for it to work.
The gags are beautifully timed and funnier than they usually are in a typical Buddy cartoon, which at their best usually tend to be amusing if unimaginative. There is a lot of energy here and the supporting insect characters are fun. The voice acting is good.
On the other hand, the "it's all a dream" concept is not a new one, and it has been done more inventively elsewhere. Although the energy in the dream scenes is absolutely great, 'Buddy's Bug Hunt' has a bit of a slow start and when the dream scenes kick in when the cartoon comes to life properly.
While a little more compelling in personality than he tends to be, Buddy is still on the bland side for a lead character.
All in all, decent cartoon and not one to be bugged by. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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