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Bugville

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Max Fleischer s brilliant animated movie takes you on a journey inside the amazing world of Bugville, a tiny village located in the middle of a large city where bugs live in harmony. When Hoppity, the likeable grasshopper returns to Bugville, he finds all is not well when a broken fence and inconsiderate humans threaten the survival of the town. He moves his friends to higher ground, a beautiful garden not far away owned by the kind song writing humans, Dick and Mary. But tragedy strikes and they must return to the lowlands. To make matters worse, Hoppity's girlfriend, Honey Bee is being forced to marry the villainous C. Bagley Beetle. All will be saved if Dick and Mary can get the money to save their home, giving the Bugville inhabitants a safe place to live. But Mr. Beetle has other plans and hatches a destructive scheme with the help of his bungling henchmen. Can Hoppity save his friends and his girl? Bugville is a delightful story, presented in classic vintage animation that will delight kids of all ages!

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  • Actors: Bugville
  • Directors: Dave Fleischer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Legend Films Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BSBBPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bugville" on IMDb

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Bugville is the second re-titling of the 1941 Max Fleischer animated classic, which has otherwise been known as Hoppity Goes to Town or Mr. Bug Goes to Town, respectively. For the uninitiated, the Fleischer brothers were an animation powerhouse that rivaled Disney at the time--producing cartoon greats like Popeye, Superman and Betty Boop--only to be undone by the extremely poor timing of this film's release (several days after Pearl Harbor). Since the Fleischers were often distinguished from their competitors because of their use of human characters in their cartoons, as opposed to the industry standard anthropomorphic animal, I find it interesting that the film that forced them out of their own studio featured anthropomorphic animals.

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.
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Bugville is filled with great musical numbers and a very interesting and engaging story. The characters are lovable and charming and there is heart in this film and lessons to be learned. Both my boys (9 and 3) were enthralled with the story as was I. It is filled with adorable adaptations of human's items (a compact case and powerder-puff is used as a bed, a glove over a doorway becomes a drape).

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!
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Firstly let me state I have enjoyed this movie since childhood, ...and STILL do!
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!
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I'd like to go through the many lies being spread about this release in an attempt to defame the DVD and ruin its distributor's name. The first outright lie is that this issue is a bootleg, when, in fact, it is the first legitimate issue the film has yet to receive, as it was factory-pressed by a legitimate company, one that has been respected and praised for its restored releases of many much-loved films.

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.
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