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Bugville (1941)

Bugville , Dave Fleischer  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bugville" on IMDb

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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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Brought Back from the Dead December 4, 2008
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL STORY January 23, 2009
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUGVILLE - WONDERFUL April 26, 2008
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I almost missed this title because I knew it as "Hoppity Goes to Town." This is a wonderful film. It is a classic, it's a shame more people don't know about how wonderful Max Fleischer's work was. Highly recommended for the whole family.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the negative reviews May 7, 2008
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I Remember
Exactly as I remember it. Color quality is just like a VHS but that was just fine. Good buy came all packaged nice
Published 1 month ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
I love this movie! I remember it from my childhood and was happy to see it for purchase. Glad I bought it and great service!
Published 2 months ago by Kate
I have been a fan of animated shorts and feature length films for as long as I can remember. After finding a copy of Gulliver's travels which was done by the Fleisher studios, I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by DR SHOCK
1.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Legend Films release
Do not be fooled, the Legend Films release is horrible. The quality is no better than VHS, and the title card has been removed, and replaced with the generic "Bugsville"... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ricky
5.0 out of 5 stars A 40s classic brought to your DVD collection!!
I absolutely LOVED this film as did my two young nieces!! Here is one of those rare cartoon classics that you will love watching alone or with the kids; Not sure why there would be... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Deidre Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cute movie
I got this movie as a gift because my grandson had the movie poster in his room. We watched the movie and it was really cute. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maggy H
5.0 out of 5 stars First Full Length Animated Film
Bugville, also known as Hoppity Goes to Town is a delightful Animated Film. This is the very first Animated Film for Theatre and is made in full color by Max Fleisher. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane Folgeman
3.0 out of 5 stars Environmental 30s cartoon!
Great remake of the first movie my mother went to see at a theater! Amazingly, it was a forerunner of the environmental movement!
Published 5 months ago by Christy L Garcia
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality - VHS Resolution
If you simply want the value of having this title in your collection this version is acceptable for the price. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael R. Hagerty
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Max Fleischer
This is a wonderful 40s movie! Lovely music... a bit of the night club scene... great for children and adults. If you like animation this is a classic and should not be missed.
Published 11 months ago by Blue Moon
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