Anime: Honey Bee Hutch
Konchu Monogatari Minashigo Hutch was an anime that ran from April 7, 1970 to September 8, 1971 on Fuji Television for 91 episodes. It was produced by Tatsunoko Production, and is a very well-remembered anime in Japan.The story was about Hutch, a bee who was separated from his mother, a queen bee, when her hive was attacked by a swarm of wasps. The series followed him as he searched for his mother, meeting many insects along the way.The series later had a sequel in 1974 and a remake in 1989. A film adaptation was released in 2010.Saban Entertainment adapted the show in 1995 for the Western world (as Honeybee Hutch), cutting the 91 episodes down to 65. This version ran all over the world, including Fox Kids in Europe.
This anime provides examples of:
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: Compare the original theme to the dub's theme.
- Dub Name Change: Happened to a few characters in Saban's dub. In particular, Hutch's sister Aya became "Haley".
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Haim Saban's stepdaughter, Heidi Lenhart, played Hutch's sister in the English dub.
- 65-Episode Cartoon: When Saban got through with dubbing it.