648. The Itsy Bitsy Spider – Matthew O’Callaghan

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SUMMARY: A determined but extremely destructive exterminator does battle with a tiny but intelligent spider.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’ is a very funny animated short which played in front of the disastrous animated feature ‘Bebe’s Kids’ and ended up being more fondly remembered that the A-picture. Written by National Lampoon magazine and Saturday Night Live veteran Michael O’Donoghue, ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’ begins when a young girl’s piano lesson is disrupted by a spider. Her hysterical teacher calls in an overzealous exterminator and in the process of trying to destroy the spider, the pair ultimately obliterate the house and half-kill the teacher’s pet cat. The anarchic humour is reminiscent of Warner Bros. cartoons, although the presence of a pre-fame Jim Carrey (credited as James Carrey) as the voice of the exterminator gives it a modern twist and makes the film of special interest to fans of Carrey. ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’ was popular enough to spawn its own short-lived TV series and director Matthew O’Callaghan went on to director animated features ‘Curious George’ and ‘Open Season 2’, as well as a range of updated Looney Tunes computer-animated shorts.

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