Classic Cartoons About Insects/Arachnids

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1. The Cobweb Hotel (1936)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A spider runs a hotel for flies where he keeps his guests captive. A pair of fly newlyweds arrive and check in. Fortunately, the husband is "flyweight champion". After a pitched battle ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Fleischer | Star: Jack Mercer

Votes: 317

4. Cocky Cock Roach (1932)

Animation, Short

The story of two cockroaches whom fall in love. A giant spider abducts the lady and our hero bug fights the spider.

Director: Frank Moser

Votes: 10

5. Ants in Your Pantry (1945)

7 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Mannie Davis

Votes: 16

6. Harvest Time (1940)

7 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Connie Rasinski

Votes: 10

7. The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious ants squirrel away massive amounts of food for the winter. With his song, he's able... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Star: Pinto Colvig

Votes: 1,176

8. Moth and the Flame (1938)

8 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

A group of moths invades a costume shop through a badly plugged hole in a window and makes quick work of the contents. A male moth ignores his lady to chow down on a hat and she's soon ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett

Votes: 217

9. Woodland Café (1937)

7 min | Comedy, Animation, Family

Insects gather at a night café to watch an Apache dance act and a jazz band with comical results.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Clarrie Collins, Jimmie Cushman, Marie Dickerson, C.B. Johnson

Votes: 438

10. Ants in the Plants (1940)

Not Rated | 7 min | Animation, Short

Lots of gags as the little guy fights the bad guy. The insects are living together peacefully, and everybody is going along with their daily business as the evil ant-eater is attacking the ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Fleischer

Votes: 124

11. The King of Bugs (1930)

Animation, Short

Early sound cartoon with an all-insect cast. An eager-to-please young bugler inadvertently annoys the king during a parade and tournament, but redeems himself by rescuing the king's ... See full summary »

Directors: Harry Bailey, John Foster

Votes: 21

13. Fly Frolic (1932)

Animation, Short

A Jekyll-and-Hyde-like spider kidnaps a housefly from a cabaret.

Directors: Harry Bailey, John Foster

Votes: 18

14. The Ball Game (1932)

6 min | Animation, Short

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Directors: John Foster, George Rufle

Votes: 17

15. The Spider and the Fly (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A kitchen is filled with houseflies. A spider wakes up and plays his web like a harp, attracting a pair of them; the female is trapped, and the male summons the cavalry, which arrives ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 207

16. Wise Flies (1930)

6 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

A hillbilly sleeps; atop his bald head, flies have constructed a playground. Other flies ski-jump off his nose. A couple is having a picnic when a spider drops in; the boy runs away as the ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Fleischer

Votes: 21

17. Bug Carnival (1937)

7 min | Animation, Short

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Directors: Mannie Davis, George Gordon

Votes: 6

18. Bugs Beetle and His Orchestra (1938)

7 min | Animation, Short

A fly and his girl go to an insect nightclub, but a spider crashes the scene to kidnap the girl.

Directors: John Foster, Paul Terry

Votes: 12

19. Nick's Coffee Pot (1939)

7 min | Animation, Short

The citizens of Bugville attend the grand opening of a new night spot, Nick's Coffee Pot. The villain (a spider) kidnaps the waitress heroine (a bug) and the kitchen boy hero (another bug) rushes to her rescue.

Director: Connie Rasinski

Votes: 7

20. Horsefly Opera (1941)

7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

Yet another of John Foster's bug cartoons, much like Fly Hi and Fly Frolic ten years earlier. Boy Bug loses girl bug to big spider that invades a fly night club. This time there's cowboy flies on horsefly mounts.

Director: Eddie Donnelly

Votes: 9

22. The Way of All Pests (1941)

7 min | Animation, Short

Pests fight for their rights against a man.

Director: Arthur Davis | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 23

23. Summer (1930)

6 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The bugs of summer frolic and dance.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 242

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