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Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)

Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)

Mr. Bug Goes to Town




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Two years after the release of Gulliver's Travels, the Fleischer brothers produced Hoppity Goes to Town, their second feature-length cartoon. The film is based in Bugtown, an insect community, and the insects that populate the picture are a sort of melting pot of the bug world. There is Hoppity the grasshopper, who is the dreamer of the bunch; Mr. Bumble the bee, who operates the honey shop, and his daughter Honey Bee, who loves Hoppity; C. Bagley Beetle, the ruthless businessman who plots against his own community for his personal greed; Smack the mosquito and Swat the fly, Mr. Beetle's comic-relief henchmen; and little Buzz, a young bee and a member of the Bee Scouts. The insects live in their isolated world, forever in dread of the increasing encroachment of the humans, but their world is shattered when their protective fence is knocked down and the humans begin making more and more excursions into their area and destroying their homes. Mr. Beetle sees this as his opportunity. He lives in what he believes to be a safe zone and wants Honey for his wife, so he continually pressures Mr. Bumble to let him marry Honey in exchange for moving Bumble into the safer area. But Hoppity has his own plans. Convinced that there are greener pastures elsewhere, he embarks on a journey with Bumble to the big house on the hill, the home of a struggling young songwriter named Dick Dickens and his wife, Mary. Hoppity and Bumble decide that the Dickens' garden is an insect utopia, and try to convince their community to abandon their homes and start fresh. Ultimately, Hoppity and Mr. Beetle must battle not only for control of Bugtown, but also for Honey's heart, and there are some songs by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser along the way. Hoppity Goes to Town was originally released under the title Mr. Bug Goes to Town.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Animation, Classics, Comedy, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Carl Meyer, Don Gordon, Mike Meyer, Izzy Sparber, Ted Pierce
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2008
Paramount Vantage - Official Site

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Stan Freed
as Hoppity
Jack Mercer
as Mr. Bumble/Swat the ...
Carl Meyer
as Smack the Mosquito
Pinto Colvig
as Mr. Creeper
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Bug Goes to Town

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A bizarre mess that fails at every imaginable level.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
Film Threat

Pleasant animated feature, but not up to the Fleischers' best.

December 10, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

August 14, 2005

May 29, 2004
New Times

Audience Reviews for Mr. Bug Goes to Town

The animation even gives early Disney a run for it's money and still stands up today. Hoppity is a bug who returns from some nondescript adventure/locale, perhaps he was fighting in the great bug wars, I dunno. Bring on a prequel. Anyway he returns and immediately attempts to get laid. Can't blame him since Honey Bumble is super fit. The rest of the plot plays out as the humans desecrate the land and our buggy friends attempt to find a new place to live. Some sweet songs, nice characters and one of the most racist things I've ever seen in a film involving rice and a Chinese impersonation, which is so innocent and out of the blue I was in stitches for hours. It's a very good, if under-appreciated film. Apparently some small conflict affected it's cinema release but hey, catch it now.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

Did not age well.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

I saw this full-length animation feature as a child on PBS. It was listed then as "Hoppity Goes to Town". (The title is a parody of "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town".) From what I recall, it was a captivating story of the insect world that prefigures "A Bug's Life" and "Ants" by several decades. This movie would probably have been more successful had it not been released two days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

The rating is based on my childhood memory.

[Links to clips can be viewed at the bottom of this review]

The Wikipedia plot summary follows:

The plot describes the return of Hoppity the Grasshopper, after a period spent away, to an American city. He finds that all is not as he left it, and his good insect friends (who live in the 'lowlands' just outside the garden which belongs to a songwriter and his wife) are now under threat from the 'human ones', who are trampling through the broken down fence which prefaces the property, using it as a shortcut.

Insect houses are being flattened by their feet, and are also often burned by cast away cigar butts and matches. Old Mr Bumble and his beautiful daughter Honey (Hoppity's childhood sweetheart) are in grave danger of losing their Honey Shop to this threat.

To compound their problems, devious insect 'property magnate' C. Bagley Beetle has romantic designs on Honey Bee himself, and hopes, with the help of his henchmen Swat the Fly and Smack the Mosquito, to force Bumble to give him her hand in marriage.

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