After 20 years of development, and 30 months in production, the film known as ''The Happy Cricket'' finally saw the light of day in the year 2001.

[[TheHero Christopher]] is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin happy cricket]] who spends his days playing his [[MacGuffin magic stringless guitar]] for his friends. But, his peace is interrupted when a purple lizard named [[BigBad Wartlord]] bans music. Making matters worse, [[MacGuffinGirl Linda the Night Star]] falls from the sky. Making matters worse, Wartlord, having mistaken the star for a diamond, is also searching for her. Thus, it's up to Christopher and his friends to rescue the night star, and stop Wartlord. Also, there's a GreenAesop.

This is... a movie.

!!''The Happy Cricket'' contains examples of:
* AwardBaitSong: Attempted with "Night Star".
* ChekhovsGun: The slingshot.
* '''ConspicuousCG'''
* DamselInDistress: An unusual case is Linda the Night Star.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Linda brings all the plants back to life after returning to the sky.]]
** At the climax, [[spoiler: Leonardo's house is flown in, piloted by the girls, allowing Christopher and friends to escape the burning castle]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: When Christopher plays his guitar for Linda, the star glows so brightly it forces Wartlord over the edge of his castle and into the flames below.]]
* {{Expy}}: Christopher and Linda seem to be based on Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy, respectively.
* GenreShift: The first movie was a fantasy film set in the countryside, involving a magic macguffin, fantasy monsters and a spirit toucan. The sequel switches to a modern city with night clubs and killer robots.
* GreenAesop: "The Earth is not blue anymore! It must be because of this pollution thing!"
* HumanAliens: Linda
* IAmSong: "Come On, Let's Dance" serves as this for Christopher
* TheKiddieRide
* LimitedAnimation: The short ''The Solar Eclipse'' has this, along with a recycled soundtrack.
* MacGuffin: The guitar.
** MacGuffinGirl: Linda is a variant.
* TheMovie: For the Happy Cricket character first seen in Sharp Electronics commercials in the '80s.
* NumberTwoForBrains: Buffuno.
* ObviouslyEvil: Wartlord.
* OffModel: Happens frequently throughout most of the film.
* SimpletonVoice: Buffuno.
* SugarBowl: The protagonists are constantly upbeat, even when [[spoiler: Wartlord dies in front of them]].
* TooDumbToLive: The toads, who mistake Christopher, Barnaby and Leonardo for ghosts when they're breaking into the castle.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Trailers for the sequel spoil the revelation that [[spoiler: the titular 'giant bugs' are mechanical]].
* ViewersAreGoldfish: The characters feel the need to repeat exposition, explain plot points multiple times, and describe what they just saw/was just explained to them.
* VillainSong: "Majesty Rap" and "Jungle's Rap", both preformed by Wartlord's minions.