The Happy Cricket
The Happy Cricket (O Grilo Feliz, in its original language) is a 2001 animated children's fantasy film directed by Walbercy Ribas.
The film is about Christopher, a happy, singing, guitar-playing, and music-loving cricket who must rescue his friends from the evil and music-hating lizard king, Wartlord, and save Linda the Night Star from that villain's grasp.
Why It Rocks
- It is the first Brazilian animated film to be successful worldwide.
- It teaches kids good messages, such as the values of friendship, freedom and the defense of nature.
- The backgrounds are filled to the brim with detail, and have magnific colors.
- Excellent hand-drawn animation, the movements are very fluid.
- The songs are great.
- Lots of likeable characters, with cute and adorable designs.
- The English and Portuguese voices are good.
- The interaction between Christopher and Linda is enjoyable.
- The premise, while pretty simple, is executed well.
- It can look a bit bland.
- The characters are sometimes unidimensionable.
- Wartlord is an generic villian.
- The CGI sequel released 8 years later is mostly considered to being inferior, when compared to this film.
- The title character was first seen in local commercials for Sharp Electronics in the 1980s.
- The film spent over 20 years in development, and 30 months in production.
- The English-language dub is dedicated to one of its voice actors, the late Bob Papenbrook.