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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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Animation pioneers Max and Dave Fleischer created this tale about Bugtown, an insect community facing destruction when humans plan to build on their land. First titled 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 ...
Pinto Colvig
as Mr. Creeper
Carl Meyer
as Smack the Mosquito
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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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