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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.


Dave Fleischer, Shamus Culhane (uncredited)


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Complete credited cast:
Kenny Gardner Kenny Gardner ... Dick (voice)
Gwen Williams Gwen Williams ... Mary (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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Release Date:

5 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bugville See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was originally released under the name "Mr. Bug Goes To Town", then under "Hoppity Goes Town". Both names are takeoffs on the film "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town". See more »


Swat the Fly: You wouldn't hit a little guy with glasses would you?
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Featured in That's Adequate (1989) See more »


Played by a bugler (Bee Scout onscreen)
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If this film were by Disney it would be a classic
4 February 2006 | by sbibb1See all my reviews

Mr. Bug Goes to Town was one of those films that I grew up hearing about, however a copy could never be obtained until now. I just watched this film on DVD and thought it was a delightful and charming film, with wonderful animation, a good plot and great songs. If this film was made by Disney then the film would be considered a classic, however because it was made by a little known film studio that is long gone, the film has slipped through the cracks.

The film was made by the Max Fleischer studios at their Miami, FL studios and was released through Paramount Pictures. The film was to have had its premiere on Dec. 7th, 1941, the date of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Though this probably did hurt the release of the film, the film did play at some movie theaters for up to a year as evidenced by doing some research. The film was called a family favorite by most of the major American newspapers. The film continued to be re-released about every year or so, usually around holidays like Easter, at least in major cities.

In the mid 1950s, this film was re-released under a new name "Hoppity Goes to Town," named after the lead character in the film.

The film is a true period piece, capturing a slice of Americana as it was back in the late 30s and 1940's. The animation is great, and many of the characters are very cute. The animation of the humans in the film is via the rotoscope process, meaning that actors were filmed and then that footage was traced over by animators, giving the movement a very real look.

The Fleishcher studios were one of several animation studios making animated cartoons back in the 30s and 40s. While some of the Fleischer characters like Betty Boop, Popeye and the Superman cartoons are better known, the work of the studio is more or less forgotten.

Almost as a whole the body of work of the Fleischer studios are in the public domain. All of the Superman cartoons are public domain, all but one of the "Color Classics" series are public domain, and the film "Gulliver's Travels" is also in the public domain. This film never appears to have been released in the US on VHS or DVD but was released in Europe. However some looking around on the internet can very quickly produce you with a copy. I recommend the search.

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