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Spark Plug Entertainment is a New York-based computer animation company founded by Michael Schelp in 2006. The American equivalent of Vídeo Brinquedo, it specializes in Direct to Video Mockbuster computer-animated features. Its first film was Bug Bites: An Ant's Life, first released in 1998 and later re-released in 2006 as the company was founded. Spark Plug has released 12 titles.

Notable movies include:

Tropes in these movies include:

  • Bland-Name Product: Krill Cola (Coca-Cola) and PNN (CNN) in Piper Penguin.
  • Broken Aesop: Plan Bee teaches the value of democracy, and yet the heroes fight to restore the old monarch.
  • Filler: An Ant's Life is only 25 minutes long, so to fill time, four classic cartoons from MGM, Famous Studios, and Warner Bros. were added to the DVD.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Diesel in A Car's Life, who is always seen holding a cigarette with her antenna, and is always pointed out as being bad.
  • In Name Only: These cartoons only loosely follow the plot of what they're trying to rip off.
  • Insect Gender-Bender: Played straight in Plan Bee, which features a male worker bee as its protagonist. Averted in An Ant's Life, where all the worker ants are depicted as female.
  • Ur-Example: An Ant's Life happens to be the first 3D animated Mockbuster ever made, as it rips off both the second and third feature length 3D films ever made, both centering around an ant colony.