Western Animation: The Happy Cricket

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. Also, there's a Green Aesop.

This is... a movie.

The Happy Cricket contains examples of:

  • Award Bait Song: Attempted with "Night Star".
  • Chekhov's Gun: The slingshot.
  • Conspicuous CG
  • Damsel in Distress: 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.
  • 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
  • "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.
  • 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.