Itsy Bitsy Spider (film)

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This article is about the short film. For the television series, see Itsy Bitsy Spider (TV series).
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Directed by Matthew O'Callaghan
Produced by Willard Carroll
Tom Wilhite
Written by Michael O'Donoghue
Starring Frank Welker
Thora Birch
Jim Carrey
Andrea Martin
Music by David Newman
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
July 23, 1992
Running time
7 minutes
Language English

Itsy Bitsy Spider is a 1992 American animated science fantasy-comedy short film directed by Matthew O'Callaghan and written by Michael O'Donoghue, loosely based on the homonymous rhyme and released with the movie Bébé's Kids. It features Frank Welker as the title character and Langston the cat, and Jim Carrey (in his 15th film role) as the Exterminator. In the film, there is a happy-go-lucky city girl called Leslie who has spider friend named Itsy. It was rated PG by the MPAA for sci-fi cartoon violence.[1]

This short film was a family-friendly version of The Terminator and RoboCop,[2] as well as the pilot episode of the series. The film was eventually made into a television animated series, which aired on the USA Network to becoming a franchise.


A country spider is the friend of a young girl named Leslie McGroarty (voiced by Thora Birch), who is taking piano lessons from a very strict instructor (voiced by Andrea Martin) (incidentally, she's learning to play the actual rhyme) and her cat, Langston. When the instructor is frightened by Itsy, she calls an Exterminator, that uses more and more extreme measures to try to kill Itsy, most of which end up causing pain and destruction to the instructor's home, Langston and the Exterminator himself, which turns out to be a heavily armed android (voiced by Jim Carrey). The Exterminator's methods begin to get even more extreme, escalating from poison and vacuums to guns and explosives, until the instructor's house is eventually blown up. At the end of the film, Itsy is finally reunited with Leslie (who had the sense to get out of the house before the flamethrowers came out), and they go home to the city.



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