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Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)

The happy tranquility of Buggsville is shattered when the populace learns that a colossal skyscraper is to be built over their tiny town.


Dave Fleischer


Dave Fleischer (original story), Dan Gordon (original story) | 10 more credits »




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


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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C. BAGLEY BEETLE and his two evil spies and hundreds others to startle your eyes.(original poster) See more »


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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Alternate Versions

Released to TV as "Hoppity Goes to Town" by NTA, with copyright date and one minute missing. A hasty retitle patch-job somewhat ruins the beginning-credits sequence. See more »


Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #51.10 (2014) See more »


We're the Couple in the Castle
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyric by Frank Loesser
Played in the score during the opening credits and often in the film
Sung by Kenny Gardner (uncredited) several times
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18 May 2001 | by KatMissSee all my reviews

"Hoppity Goes to Town" was the second and last full length animated feature made by Max and Dave Fleischer, who created a parallel universe to Disney. While Disney's films are well remembered today, both of the Fleischer films "Gulliver's Travels" and this one are forgotten.

"Hoppity" is a spellbinding original, not an adaptation like the first picture. That is a major plus, one would think. No, the critics, rarely on the Fleischers' sides to begin with, tore into them for this. Yes, the story is not as tight as "Gulliver", but how can you hate a film that flaunts itself so joyfully?

It is filled with great musical numbers and a very involving story, which would be a crime to reveal. The characters are lovable and charming and there is heart in this film.

The Fleischers' really outdid themselves here and never quite did so again. Most of their time would be devoted to one-reelers after this tanked at the box office. It's a shame they didn't continue making features. Who knows? Their next attempt may have become the masterpiece they were aiming for.

**** out of 4 stars

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Release Date:

5 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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