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 (1992-07-23)
Running time
7 minutes
Country United States
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 along with the film Bébé's Kids. It stars Frank Welker as the titular spider, Jim Carrey as the Exterminator. It was rated PG by the MPAA for sci-fi cartoon violence.[1]

The short film was a family-friendly version of The Terminator and RoboCop,[2] and the pilot episode of the television series, which was aired on the USA Network to become a franchise.


Country spider Itsy befriends Leslie McGroarty, a young city girl who takes piano lessons from the music teacher (incidentally, she learns to play the real rhyme) and her cat, Langston. When Itsy frightens the teacher, she calls the Exterminator, who tries to kill Itsy with the toxic machine blower, but it causes pain and destruction to the instructor's house, and the Exterminator turns out to be a heavily armed android. The Exterminator's method uses more extreme weapons, escalating from poison and vacuums to guns and explosives, that destroys the instructor's house with flamethrowers. Itsy reunites with Leslie and head home to the big city with the bicycle.



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