Insects in the Movies

Vladislas Starevich brought insects to movies in The Insect’s Christmas, a whimsical portrayal of benign insects using stop motion techniques. This movie remains a classic. On the other hand, Joe’s Garage, the first production by MTV Films, was a box office flop. The animation is technically very good for the mid 1990s. Real cockroaches were used in stop motion. The guy gets girl plot is standard fare for date movies. However, the movie misses its target audience. Who in their right mind would take a date to a movie about insects that most dates would find disgusting? Thus the flop. Still, I find parts of the over long movie compelling, especially the “Funky Towel / Synchronized Swimming Scene.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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