Other Sellers on Amazon
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
History lesson aside, anyone who has seen Popeye would have an excellent feel for the style and quality of the animation in Bugville, which more or less conforms to the visuals of the Fleischers' more renowned cartoons. Speaking directly to the quality of this particular DVD, it is certainly better than many of the other versions I've seen floating around the internet. The picture is clear, as opposed to the blurriness that seemed to pervade the other copies I've seen. The sound is likewise better, although still in mono. Overall, if you're interested in acquiring a version of Mr. Bug/Hoppity, this Bugville release seems to be the best readily available.
Noteworthy extras include biographical information on the Fleischers and several more of their cartoon shorts.
The quality of this particular DVD is excellent. The picture is clear and the sound is very good, although still in mono.
As another reviewer indicated, I too almost missed this title because I had heard of and was looking for "Hoppity Goes to Town." (There was some legal reasons why the name had to be changed.) This is a wonderful film. It is a classic and it's a shame more people don't know about it.
The Fleischers' really outdid themselves with this and never quite did so again. In reading up about this release, it was the first animated feature not adapted from a work of literature. (Also, the first one to take place in contemporary times, rather than "long ago and far away.") More recent feature cartoons such as Ants and Bugs were clearly influenced by this wonderful story. If this had originally been released a month sooner, I believe it would've been as well known as Disney's Snow White, and maybe better, since it's an original story. It's a shame it was never re-released to the theaters in the late 40's or released in video decades ago so that during the Fleischers' lifetimes, they would've been properly recognized for this wonderful production. Highly recommended for the whole family!
It's fun, bright and such a cheerful respite from the overly hyped Disney-saccharine brashness.
I'd give the original movie itself the full FIVE stars with absolutely NO hesitation.
HOWEVER, my copy is the very worst transfer I have yet encountered. It's obviously been re-titled with a very fake opening, complete with digitally applied scratches. The credits immediately following are very blurred and out of focus, and the quality doesn't get any better when you get into the film.
It's "watchable" I suppose, but only JUST, if you too enjoy the nostalgia of seeing something you know you already love. Anyone new to this would probably turn it off due to the very visible pictils and general low-def haziness, ...which is such a pity. On a large screen this will be glaringly apparent.
The sound is so softly recorded that you will need almost full volume: .....be sure to lower it before going back to live TV!
My copy also had a minor glitch, but resumed play almost immediately.
In all most disappointing as this movie has such a heartwarming theme, presented without the usual mental battering we have come to expect from later Disney efforts. There are songs but they are far better integrated and less of a sensory overload than the later animations, where any sense of subtlety has been totally over ridden by frantic movement and colour, ...not to mention a mind-bending manic speed which seems necessary these days.
Elsewhere in these reviews mention is made of another release of this film in a far better transfer. DO make sure you get that one.
With SO many flaws in the presentation, this version bugs the hell out of me!
The film was initially released under the title "Mr. Bug Goes to Town" and reissued under the title "Hoppity Goes to Town". It was acquired by U.M.&M. T.V. Corp. U.M.&M. was succeeded by National Telefilm Associates, which would eventually become Republic Pictures, which was recently acquired by Paramount. Paramount is the current owner of "It's A Wonderful Life", which had been copyrighted by Republic. That film was recently released in a colorized version which was produced by the company that distributed the Bugville DVD. You would think that if this were an unauthorized issue, Paramount would have pulled the colorized "It's A Wonderful Life" DVD, but no. Actually, the company distributing "Bugville" has had a longstanding business relationship with Paramount, and is distributing a number of titles owned by Paramount, most notably, the controversial "Mandingo".
"Bugville" is in the public domain. Although the copyrights for several films were renewed by Republic, many were not. "Bugville" was one of these titles. The title "Hoppity Goes to Town" was renewed in 1987, but the actual film itself, "Mr. Bug Goes to Town", was not. A simple search of public copyright record finds that there is no renewal record for "Mr. Bug Goes to Town". So, while only Republic has the rights to use that title, they have no claim to the film itself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
TMC called this the turing point of Animation. It has been released under several names, look up the story its very interesting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Snowkids
I got this purely for the visuals I love this kind of animation I appreciate the art work ,which is fantastic and it has a cute story always love this now i have itPublished 6 months ago by I love film
For an old cartoon it is in great condition. Enjoying it for myself and my familyPublished 7 months ago by Kim Sessions
Bugville aka Hoppity Goes to Town. Considering the cheap price, I'm not going to complain too much. But I expected better since this film was supposedly restored. Read morePublished 8 months ago by The Illustrated Home Librarian
This is "Hoppity goes to Town" I loved it many, many years ago. I still think its the sweetest story. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Annie B
This movie was also known as Hoppity Goes to Town. Max Fleischer's animated movie takes you on a journey inside the amazing world of Bugville. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A Bradford
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > Animation
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Kids & Family
- Movies & TV > Independently Distributed
- Movies & TV > Independently Distributed > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Independently Distributed > Kids & Family
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Musicals & Performing Arts > Musicals
- Movies & TV > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
- Movies & TV > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Animation
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials