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9th Jan, 2019 07:08:07 PM

By bike do you mean motor or pedal?

I wonder if it's some sort of Kamen Rider parody

9th Jan, 2019 11:40:36 PM

By pedal. Again, it FELT like it was set in either the late 1800s and early 1900s judging by the fashion.

12th Jan, 2019 09:15:33 PM

Been searching around a bit and the closest I can find is Thumbelina: A Magical Story. It seems to have a few bug characters that fit the description. There is both a movie and a television series, and they came out in the early 90's. Another possibility, but maybe less likely, is Cricket on the Hearth (1967). Both are on youtube. If it's neither of those, I recommend looking into any of the other millon Thumbelina movies (almost all have anthropomorphic crickets). The only thing I found involving both crickets and bicycles is "I'm No Fool With a Bicycle"(1955), where Jiminy Cricket talks about bike safety. I hope this helps.

13th Jan, 2019 02:49:56 AM

Hello Italiaandnostalgia. I have seen Thumbelina: A Magical Story (I grew up with it, so glad to know someone else knows about it to) but NO, it has NOTHING to do with it. If I can make this any easier, the Grasshopper/Cricket Character - again - is just a human with SOME cricket parts. Unless my memory is bad, I remember him looking like Lupid the 3rd with ORANGE HAIR and glasses. Does that make things easier?

15th Jan, 2019 04:37:02 PM

Around what year did you see the movie?

15th Jan, 2019 05:35:00 PM

Also, do you remember any plot points or the genre?

16th Jan, 2019 05:34:42 AM

It was around 2005 when I saw it. I remember that year vividly because someone fell on my head HARD, cracked it open, and had to get stitches (long story). It wasn't a movie. Again, it looked like an episode of a TV Show, and I believe they were delivering maybe a book or some kind of MacGuffin, being chased by a shadowy organization, and at one point they fight back. Mind you I was 9 when I saw this (I'm 23) so maybe this is a Mandela Effect where I'm remembering things wrong, but you asked for any plot points, and this is the best I could do. Also, even though it clearly had SOME kind of conflict, it kind of reminded me of lighthearted 90's Slice of Life shows like Little Bear; it had a comforting aesthetic with soft watercolour backgrounds and soothing music.

Hope that helps to whoever reads this, be it Italiaandnostalgia or someone else.

31st Jan, 2019 03:02:23 PM

This is not a series but feels like kamaji from spirited away.

6th Feb, 2019 04:42:37 PM

@lactobacillus The art style was very Ghibli, to be certain, just replace Spider with Grasshopper. But again, it was NOT spirited away.

13th Feb, 2019 07:25:00 AM

Kinda reminds me of the first episode of Read or Die, except the grasshopperman rides a robot grasshopper, not a bike, and is a bad guy.

14th Feb, 2019 03:03:57 AM

@Larkmarn Regardless if you mean ROD the OVA or the TV, both came out in the early 2000's. This series came out much, MUCH earlier than that, probably in the 80's (but definitely not the 70's, due to the animation being much more fluid than that of, say, Candy Candy).

Edited by hackdash
14th Feb, 2019 12:47:10 PM

That is useful information because you had only said you saw it in 2005.

17th Feb, 2019 02:19:23 PM

@Larkmarn Yes, I think I should've clarified the animation looks somewhere between the early to late 80's, but not any further than the mid 90's. It reminded me a LOT of the stuff you'd see in World Masterpiece Theater now that I think of it, as well as The Jungle Book, though I sincerely doubt they came in the same time as the latter, but I digress. Looking back at this forum, I regret not stating what yet it looked like it came from. I saw it in 2005, but the animation was VERY 80's, so obviously I was watching a rerun of something. I hope that helps slightly.

Edited by hackdash
22nd Feb, 2019 06:25:49 PM

There's a handful insect based shows that were dubbed in French back in the 80s. There's Hutchi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBnPMfnlUHU

Maya has a grasshopper with a top hat, but he doesn't appear in the opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5igWxSPDaI

But I'm not sure these fit, since there's no bicycle and none of them are quite human enough. Could be that you combined multiple shows into one?

I could see elements of Sherlock Holmes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1LkIGsFeg4) and Madame Pepperpot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_-9R-e5ft4) thrown in...

I'm trying to see if I can think of anything else that would fit your description but I'm drawing a blank...

23rd Feb, 2019 07:56:58 PM

@undrave Well, sorry, none of these are even remotely similar, thought I did watch Sherlock Holmes/Hound exactly around that time. It was NOT that show, I know for sure, I just wanted to say thanks for bringing back those memories. I'm glad you put the effort, because boy howdy have I been trying to find it as well, longer than you I can safely say, and I've also found bupkiss.

23rd Feb, 2019 08:50:41 PM

Well it was worth a shot. It's just annoying because it sounds like something I might enjoy... If I think of something else I'll let you know.

24th Feb, 2019 05:59:49 AM

@undrave Trust me, it was so much fun and nostalgic. Don't sweat yourself, though, this is the internet. If you don't know it, someone else will. Why else would I post here asking for help?

26th Feb, 2019 05:54:10 PM

Maybe we could try to pinpoint a style and see if it would help. Did any of them up there look similar? Or maybe the boys in Tom Sawyer look similar to your bug boy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKQM8q5kNAY

26th Feb, 2019 10:21:24 PM

@undrave Yes yes yes, the art style was VERY similar to the Tom Sawyer anime. However, as I said before in an earlier post, it wasn't a bug BOY so much as a bug MAN who looked like Lupin the 3rd but with red hair, glasses, a green jacket and top hair and the aforementioned bug parts. I would post two images but for some reason Tv Tropes doesn't allow hotlinked images :(

Edited by hackdash
27th Feb, 2019 06:13:30 AM

The character designer for Tom Sawyer also did 'Twilight of the Cockroaches' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3PfE2a_Al0

28th Feb, 2019 07:25:11 PM

@Undrave. Nice. But again, not a movie, a TV series

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