Western Animation: The Happy Cricket
After twenty years of development and thirty months in production, the film known as The Happy Cricket finally saw the light of day in 2001.Christopher is a happy cricket who spends his days playing his magic stringless guitar for his friends. But, his peace is interrupted when a purple lizard named Wartlord bans music. Making matters worse, 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 Green Aesop tacked on just to be educational.This is... a movie.
The Happy Cricket contains examples of:
- Award Bait Song: Attempted with "Night Star". It has the soothing melody of a Disney love ballad, but the lyrics make it impossible to take seriously.
- Conspicuous CG: All over the place. Most notable is one scene where Cartibella flies around some CGI flowers, and a later scene with Wartlord holding the inert Night Star.
- Damsel in Distress: An unusual case is Linda the Night Star, who spends a grand total of two minutes as an actual character, and is an inanimate object for the rest of the movie.
- Deus ex Machina: Linda brings all the plants back to life after returning to the sky.
- At the climax, Leonardo's house is flown in, piloted by the girls, allowing Christopher and friends to escape the burning castle.
- Disney Villain Death: 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.
- Genre Shift: 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.
- Green Aesop: "The Earth is not blue anymore! It must be because of this pollution thing!"
- Human Aliens: Linda the Night Star looks human during "Night Star"
- "I Am" Song: "Come On, Let's Dance" serves as this for Christopher
- The Kiddie Ride: The film was clearly made with only the smallest of children in mind
- Limited Animation: The short The Solar Eclipse has this, along with a recycled soundtrack.
- MacGuffin: Christopher's magic stringless guitar that only he can play
- MacGuffin Turned Human: Linda is a variant, spending most of the movie as an inanimate object. With the exception of a short song halfway through, Linda's sentience in the film is mostly just an Informed Attribute.
- The Movie: For the Happy Cricket character first seen in Sharp Electronics commercials in the '80s.
- Number Two for Brains: Wartlord's second-in-command, Buffuno, follows in the tradition of brainless evil minions who somehow manage to stay employed
- Off Model: Happens frequently throughout most of the film.
- Simpleton Voice: Buffuno sounds like this in the English dub
- Sugar Bowl: The protagonists are constantly upbeat, even when Wartlord dies in front of them.
- Too Dumb to Live: The toads, who mistake Christopher, Barnaby and Leonardo for ghosts when they're breaking into the castle.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Trailers for the sequel spoil the revelation that the titular 'giant bugs' are mechanical.
- Viewers Are Goldfish: The characters feel the need to repeat exposition, explain plot points multiple times, and describe what they just saw/was just explained to them.
- Villain Song: "Majesty Rap" and "Jungle's Rap", both preformed by Wartlord's minions.