The Happy Cricket

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The Happy Cricket
The Happy Cricket FilmPoster.jpg
Leonardo: Are you gonna stop singing?
Christopher: No, a cricket can stop hopping. But singing? Never.
Barnaby: And even hopping can be dangerous.
Genre: Animation
Directed By: Walbercy Ribas
Produced By: Juliana Ribas
Cleber Redondo (English version)
Francisco D. Lourenço (English version)
Written By: Walbercy Ribas
Starring: English:
Bob Buchholz
Mona Marshall
Steve Kramer
Vagner Fagundes
Araken Saldanha
Régis Monteiro
Distributed By: Hoyts General Cinema
Paris Filmes
Release Date: July 20, 2001 (Brazil)
Runtime: 80 minutes
Country: Brazil
Language: Portuguese
Budget: R$4 million
Box Office: $24,965
Franchise: The Happy Cricket
Sequel: The Happy Cricket and the Giant Bugs (2009)

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

  1. It is the first Brazilian animated film to be successful worldwide.
  2. It teaches kids good messages, such as the values of friendship, freedom and the defense of nature.
  3. The backgrounds are filled to the brim with detail, and have magnific colors.
  4. Excellent hand-drawn animation, the movements are very fluid.
  5. The songs are great.
  6. Lots of likeable characters, with cute and adorable designs.
  7. The English and Portuguese voices are good.
  8. The interaction between Christopher and Linda is enjoyable.
  9. The premise, while pretty simple, is executed well.

Bad Qualities

  1. It can look a bit bland.
  2. The characters are sometimes unidimensionable.
  3. Wartlord is an generic villian.
  4. 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.


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