100 thoughts on “Cricket On The Hearth Part 2 – Phelous

  1. Phelous, Caleb brought the guy (Edward) home 'cause he's kind and generous. And again, they had to conserve animation cells which is why we seem 'em using some of same shots over and over again. As for Bertha and Edward riding giant pies, it's just in their imagination. Also the guy talks to a bird? You're surprised at him telling the bird to get professional help, why? And it is hard when the cricket can organize his own gang, so no, the villain can't just squash the cricket. Also, they didn't eat or squash the cricket 'cause they wanted to get paid by the captain and it's a cartoon, a kids tv special. Also, maybe the captain didn't kill the crow, monkey and dog, maybe he just scared them off. As for making money off of crickets, perhaps you've never heard in Chinese culture that crickets are considered lucky and therefore worth a lot of money. Also, the the cricket didn't suck up other peoples luck, he was just lucky. And again with killing Jiminy Cricket? What's wrong with you? As for "toy information network" maybe the toys heard him talking about it when he thought he was alone. Also, the villain was happy because he just had someone be kind to him in all of his life.


  2. I watched Cricket on the Hearth a few days ago and had basically the same reactions as you did. It made this review that much funnier, though!

  3. Is having Big Ben in the cartoon an anachronism? The story is set in 1845, when Charles Dickens wrote it, and BB was completed in 1859. It's also known as Big Bean, right, Phelous? (in-joke). I guess the audience wouldn't know this was England if they didn't see it?

  4. That seen when the captain shot the monkey the dog and the bird was so mest up and have you notice that before he shot them the music went dead silents my goodness that was mest up and i bet that is the most known seen in the movie.

  5. I remember watching this special only for the cat song. I would even sing it around the house when I cleaned. I was a weird child.

  6. when I was in high school I put together a terrarium for pet slugs/snails and brought in dirt and moss and rocks and stuff from outside and apparently there were cricket eggs/larva/whatever in it, so teeny tiny crickets hatched out. they didn't bring any luck but they did sing.

  7. you know, Crockett could have still been passed off as lucky if he was introduced to the family AFTER bertha went blind. at least then you can give him credit that his luck was the reason they even found work and Edward found his way back.

  8. I've saw this movie on a public access channel, no wonder it looks both familiar and like garbage, but to be fair it was made by rankin bass, personally I think they're better with their stop motion specials, with the exception of the last unicorn.

  9. Dang it Paige and Aladdin, we'll need a shittier time traveling task force to fix all this, call in time squad

  10. they put a hit out on the cricket in a fucked up freaky bar? seems like a cheap go to in these old films to find a really freaky sleazy bar for some smuggling or bounty hunting. I wonder what other films used that cheap gimmick

  11. How was Bertha fooled by the beard if she couldn't see it? Did she not know what her fiance's voice sounds like?

  12. So according to Cricket Crocket, all women are stupid. This reminds me of a Sailor Moon episode, when Luna tells Usagi that all men are sexual predators.

  13. I had that same Reaction too when I was little, you know the part were the crow, the dog, and the monkey get shot? 10:18
    Yeah I Probably had the same reaction too 🙁

  14. 13:27 Hey wait an minute. He build himself a raft and THEN sailed to an island. Don't castaways usually build rafts to get out of islands? So he build himself a raft, jumped of the ship with it, and got lost.

  15. Yeah, only about 10% of this story aligns with the book. But the sexy nightclub cat? Yes, totally written by Dickens.

  16. Why does the Crow need help at all? He's a BIRD! All he needs to do is EAT the Cricket! Then there won't be a body for anybody to find!

  17. What's it with low-budget Christmas movies having actual character deaths?
    Edit: No, low-budget children's movies in general. Why the hell do they have so much death?!

    Edit 2: honestly, I didn't notice the old man was Edward until Phelous pointed it out. Maybe I didn't pay enough attention to him.

  18. A cat with a big ass, hu. I'm sure this is a movie actually from 2017 that was made earlier by time travelers.

  19. I think we flew from Cricket on the Hearth to Noah's Arc (South American version). It has the EXACT thing. A sexy panther singing "I will survive." Only difference is that one is NAKED. (No it is NOT an adult film. It's a kids movie with more sex stuff then foodfight [oddly a mich better movie.].)

  20. 7:54 Well, now we know where Disney got the idea for that bar scene from "The Great Mouse Detective".

    10:56 "Keep the change you filthy animal!" XD

  21. I just realised something. Not only does this have two entros and outros, but we see a younger cricket before the opening credits start yet afterward the credits he is now elderly.

  22. I now need a Christmas Carol adaptation involving talking toys, and animal nightclub where a hit on another animal is negotiated and three of them are murdered.

  23. 1. 0:35–0:37: The true origin of the Joker.

    2. "Just sat there lookin' at Bertha with them sad old eyes. Bit of a creeper, 'e was, but not to worry, Bertha pepper sprayed 'im but good!"

    3. 9:00: Howard the Duck?! Are we in the MCU??

    4. Edward's subplot is a (hopefully) archaic trope that irritates me to no end: Some guy goes to sea/war/whatever, is falsely presumed dead, girlfriend/fiancee/wife moves on, previous guy is alive, comes back in disguise, is pissy that that girlfriend/fiancee/wife has moved on, blah blah blah, tired story beats, she takes him back. Okay, dude? SHE THOUGHT YOU WERE DEAD! Sure, people can be erroneously reported as dead, but that's a pretty rare occurrence, so she can hardly be blamed for assuming the worst! Also, what selfish jackass just takes it for granted that his beloved will just mourn, weep, and wither away into lonely spinsterhood, clinging to the scant possibility that he's alive?! Wouldn't you rather she be happy and live life to the fullest?

    5. Bertha: Edward? Is that you?! You son of a bitch, why the hell didn't you tell me sooner you were alive?! Why did you pretend to be someone else and creep on me like this is some poor man's "Magnificent Obesession"?! I went blind because of mourning your Dudley Do-Right – looking ass! My only company since you've been away has been my dumbass father and this jinxed cricket with an annoying accent! I was about to marry that icky Tackleton, for God's sake, you think I would have done that if you'd just done the sensible thing earlier and told me who you were?!?! Why don't you go back to sea and die for real, you creepy moron?! I'm going to make like Emily Dickinson, she had the right idea!

    6. So assholes are reformed if you just compliment them? Hmmm, I guess it's worth a shot. Mr. Trump, you are the… uh, that is, you really, um…. you sure are….I CAN'T DO IT, I CAN'T DO IT, BY GOD, I CAN'T DO IT!

  24. 15:35: How nice of the Pope to take time off from his busy schedule to officiate the wedding of these two inconsequential nobodies.

  25. How is Rudolph the red nosed reindeer banned and not this!? I honestly never saw Cricket on the Hearth and now I know why!!

  26. 8:51 Isn't a mouse/rat getting hot and bothered for a cat the same thing as a human getting hot and bothered for a serial killer or a school shooter?

  27. The bar scene and the singing dancing cat sex symbol reminds me too much of Fritz the Cat. Especially cuz it’s a cat and a crow in a bar

  28. I know that Phelous is known for his "early credits" gags. but it's so weird to see an early credits gags from the thing he's reviewing.

  29. See, that's why I prefer your non-explosive insect sprays. Some Flit would've done the trick there properly.

  30. Is… no one going to address the vampire toy elephant in the room? His tusks are pointed the wrong way!

  31. TOO BE FAIR the cricket IS sentient, so it's possible that professional assassins COULD be necessary… What does any of this cobblers have to do with Xmas?

  32. Apparently in the original novella, Tackleton really did suddenly have a change of heart after receiving a compliment from Bertha. But then, Dickens sure loved his contrivances.

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