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.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.
This is... a movie.
The Happy Cricket contains examples of:
- Award Bait Song: Attempted with "Night Star".
- Chekhov's Gun: The slingshot
- Conspicuous CG
- Disney 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.
- Distressed Damsel: An unusual case is Linda the Night Star.
- 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.
- Expy: Christopher and Linda seem to be based on Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy, respectively.
- Green Aesop: "The Earth is not blue anymore! It must be because of this pollution thing!"
- Human Aliens: Linda
- "I Am" Song: "Come On, Let's Dance" serves as this for Christopher
- The Kiddie Ride
- Limited Animation: The short The Solar Eclipse has this, along with a recycled soundtrack.
- MacGuffin: The guitar.
- The Movie: For the Happy Cricket character first seen in Sharp Electronics commercials in the '80s.
- No Export for You: The sequel, The Happy Cricket and the Giant Bugs, along with most of the television series.
- Number Two for Brains: Buffuno.
- Obviously Evil: Wartlord.
- Off Model: Happens frequently throughout most of the film.
- Padding: The first third, which focuses on finding a magical toucan, is loaded with padding.
- Recycled: The Series
- Simpleton Voice: Buffuno
- 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.