The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee

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The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee (昆虫物語 みなしごハッチ, Konchū Monogatari: Minashigo Hatchi, lit. A Bug's Tale: Hutch the Orphan) is an anime series produced by Tatsunoko Productions. The series features the adventures of a young bee named Hutch : the son of a Queen bee, Hutch is separated from his mother when his native beehive is destroyed by an attack of wasps. The series follows Hutch as he searches for his missing mother, in the midst of a frequently hostile nature.[2][3]

The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee
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昆虫物語 みなしごハッチ
(Konchū Monogatari Minashigo Hatchi)
Anime television series
Directed byIppei Kuri
Produced byTatsuo Yoshida
Written byJinzo Toriumi
Music byNobuyoshi Nishibe
StudioTatsunoko Productions
Original networkFuji Television
Original run April 7, 1970 September 8, 1971
Episodes91[1] (List of episodes)
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A sequel, The New Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee, and numbering 26 episodes, was produced in 1974. The original series was remade in 1989 under the same Japanese title, Minashigo Hutch.

The original show (1971) is notable for its frequently sad and cruel scripts.[4] In many episodes, Hutch would befriend another insect, only to see his new friend die a violent and painful death. In one, he befriended a female honey bee who lost her brothers and sisters to a hornet army. The 1989 remake, however, featured completely new episodes and a much more light-hearted story. On July 31, 2010, a movie which was a remake of show was released in Japan titled Hutch the Honeybee.

After being broadcast in several European countries, the show was re-edited and translated into English in 1996 by Saban Entertainment, with 65 out of 91 episodes being dubbed.[5] Saban's edits cut out some of the show's violent material.[6]


The story begins with the queen bee hive being attacked and destroyed by an army of wasps, which kill almost all the bees inside and devour their eggs. The queen bee is forced to flee, but an egg is saved from the terrible slaughter, ending up hidden under a leaf. This egg is then found by a female bumblebee, the queen's handmaid, and taken by her as if it were one of her own.[7]

The little Hutch (in the Japanese version Hutch or Hacchi, as the protagonist is originally male, a bee drone ) is thus raised by his mother Bumblebee with love and dedication but is despised and isolated by his half-brothers. One day, the bee discovers that he has actually been adopted and that his mother is the Queen Bee. Therefore, Hutch the bee decides to abandon the family in which he grew up, that he never felt fully accepted and sets out on a journey in search of his mother. In the midst of a nature that will very often prove to be very hostile, dangerous and cruel.[8]

From here the young bee will experience a great deal of adventures, he will meet various animals that will prove to be his friends (butterflies, amphibians, mice, other bees, caterpillars, etc.) Many of them however will meet a tragic end, but also many ruthless enemies against the protagonist will engage in very hard fights (spiders, toads, ants, wasps, hornets, snakes, moles, predatory birds, reptiles, praying mantises and even humans with their traps and their poisons).

During his journey Hutch will meet another bee called Aya, who will decide to take part in his search. Eventually Hutch, after many hardships, will find his mother and he will save her from a certain death. He will also find out that Aya is actually his sister, who managed to survive to the wasps' attack at the beginning of the story. Leaving finally his loneliness, Hutch will find his family and will put his efforts in rebuilding his kingdom, trying to make it even nicer and more peaceful than the one it was once.[9]

Voice castEdit

English dub castEdit

Other foreign versionsEdit

The original series was broadcast in France, by TF1, and Quebec (Canada) starting in 1979, under the titles Le Petit Prince Orphelin (The little Orphan Prince) and Hutchy le Petit Prince Orphelin. The re-edited Saban version was broadcast in 1997, under the title Micky l'abeille (Micky the bee), with a new French dubbing.[4]

In Italy, the show was broadcast by various local TV channels in the late 1970s as Le avventure dell'Ape Magà (The Adventures of Magà the Bee), a title similar to the more popular Maya the Bee, with a dub derived from the original Japanese version. In the Italian dubbing, the male character of Hutch was turned into a female bee like Maya, which created some awkward moments in the translations, such as in the episode which depicts Hutch falling in love with a female butterfly. The Italian dialogue sometimes left the character's gender unclear, generating some confusion. In 1997 a new dub, derived from the American version, aired on Italia 1 under the title Un alveare d'avventure per l'Ape Magà (A Hive of Adventures for Magà the Bee). In the second dub the gender of the main character is male, despite the name still being Magà.

The show was also broadcast in Spain by the television network Telecinco.

In Latin America, the show was broadcast as Josemiel in the 1980s, for Mexico, the original edition was sent in 1984 to be transmitted by Televisa and Canal 6, got a lot of appreciation by their fans due to the dramatic script and the not-translated Japanese intro and ending. Some years later, the remake named Las Aventuras de Hutch were transmitted also by Televisa, but as being adapted from the American version of the animation it got less popularity than the original series. In Brazil, it was broadcast by Rede Globo.

In Israel, it was broadcast in 1997 on Arutz HaYeladim as רון הדבורון (Ron HaDvoron; Ron the Little Bee).

In Philippines, it was featured as a TV Series with title “Hutch, Ang Batang Bubuyog”, “Hutch, The Kiddie Bee”.

In Germany, the series was named Flitz das Bienenkind (Filtz the bee child). The German dub was produced by Saban in 1994 and was based on the US dub. The original 91 episodes were cut together for a total of 65 episodes. The series premiered on ARD on 29 December 1996.[10]

International BroadcastEdit


This is a list of episodes from the television show Honeybee Hutch in order by production number.[1][12]

# Episode Name Original air date
01"Make runa hacchi" (負けるなハッチ)April 7, 1970 (1970-04-07)
02"Ike ike hacchi" (行け行けハッチ)April 14, 1970 (1970-04-14)
03"Kanashi ki taiketsu" (悲しき対決)April 21, 1970 (1970-04-21)
04"Samuraiari no shūgeki" (サムライアリの襲撃)April 28, 1970 (1970-04-28)
05"Tobe yominikuki tenshi" (飛べよみにくき天使)May 5, 1970 (1970-05-05)
06"Naku na hacchi" (泣くなハッチ)May 12, 1970 (1970-05-12)
07"Mama to yobi taino" (ママと呼びたいの)May 19, 1970 (1970-05-19)
08"Kizu darakeno barerina" (傷だらけのバレリーナ)May 26, 1970 (1970-05-26)
09"Tatakae yowamushi yarō (mae)" (闘え弱虫野郎(前))June 2, 1970 (1970-06-02)
10"闘え弱虫野郎(後)" (Tatakae yowamushi yarō (nochi))June 9, 1970 (1970-06-09)
11"坊や泣かないで" (Bōya naka naide)June 14, 1970 (1970-06-14)
12"Yasashiki mayu musume" (やさしき繭娘)June 23, 1970 (1970-06-23)
13"Tōka yoitsumademo" (灯火よいつまでも)June 30, 1970 (1970-06-30)
14"Namida koraete" (涙こらえて)July 7, 1970 (1970-07-07)
15"Hana no mitsubachi musume" (花のミツバチ娘)July 14, 1970 (1970-07-14)
16"Hanazono no abarenbō" (花園の暴れん坊)July 21, 1970 (1970-07-21)
17"Yūyake ni naru kane" (夕焼けに鳴る鐘)July 28, 1970 (1970-07-28)
18"Meguriaino komoriuta" (めぐりあいの子守唄)August 2, 1970 (1970-08-02)
19"Warumono janainda" (悪者じゃないんだ)August 11, 1970 (1970-08-11)
20"Dai bora taishō no bōken" (大ぼら大将の冒険)May 18, 1970 (1970-05-18)
21"Hani no tsurugi" (ハニーの剣)August 25, 1970 (1970-08-25)
22"Nikushimi yosayōnara" (憎しみよさようなら)September 1, 1970 (1970-09-01)
23"Garasu no nakano mama" (ガラスの中のママ)September 8, 1970 (1970-09-08)
24"Umi wo mita kagerō" (海を見たカゲロウ)September 15, 1970 (1970-09-15)
25"Rō hei suzumebachi" (老兵スズメバチ)September 22, 1970 (1970-09-22)
26"Suzu mushi hamō naka nai" (スズ虫はもう鳴かない)September 29, 1970 (1970-09-29)
27"Nusuma reta ōji" (盗まれた王子)October 6, 1970 (1970-10-06)
28"Naku na arin" (鳴くなアーリン)October 13, 1970 (1970-10-13)
29"Kono sora nodokokani" (この空のどこかに)October 20, 1970 (1970-10-20)
30"Taiyō no mama" (太陽のママ)October 27, 1970 (1970-10-27)
31"Hiroi sekai ga yon deiru" (広い世界が呼んでいる)November 3, 1970 (1970-11-03)
32"Hitoribocchino kuma ō" (ひとりぼっちの熊王)November 10, 1970 (1970-11-10)
33"Honoo no nakano inochi" (炎の中のいのち)November 17, 1970 (1970-11-17)
34"Eikō no ari tsuka (mae)" (栄光のアリ塚(前))November 24, 1970 (1970-11-24)
35"Eikō no ari tsuka (nochi)" (栄光のアリ塚(後))December 1, 1970 (1970-12-01)
36"Ai no konsato" (愛のコンサート)December 8, 1970 (1970-12-08)
37"Sayonara kodomotachi" (さよなら子供達)December 15, 1970 (1970-12-15)
38"Yuzuri ha no uta" (ゆずり葉の歌)December 22, 1970 (1970-12-22)
39"Papa to mama no shinjitsu" (パパとママの真実)December 29, 1970 (1970-12-29)
40"Yūki womotte tachiaga re" (勇気をもって立ち上がれ)January 5, 1971 (1971-01-05)
41"Jūnihiki no kodomotachi" (十二匹の子供達)January 12, 1971 (1971-01-12)
42"Soredemo tobu nda" (それでも飛ぶんだ)January 19, 1971 (1971-01-19)
43"Kanashimi ha mama dake" (悲しみはママだけ)January 26, 1971 (1971-01-26)
44"Ame noo tama ga ike" (雨のお玉が池)February 2, 1971 (1971-02-02)
45"Arashi no nakano yūjō" (嵐の中の友情)February 9, 1971 (1971-02-09)
46"Tobe yo hacchi" (飛べよハッチ)February 14, 1971 (1971-02-14)
47"Bokujō no shiro" (牧場の城)January 23, 1971 (1971-01-23)
48"Yami ni hikaru namida" (闇に光る涙)March 2, 1971 (1971-03-02)
49"Yuki yama nokanatani" (雪山のかなたに)March 9, 1971 (1971-03-09)
50"Mori no ninja mushi (mae)" (森の忍者虫(前))March 16, 1971 (1971-03-16)
51"Mori no ninja mushi (nochi)" (森の忍者虫(後))March 23, 1971 (1971-03-23)
52"Yō in no mushi yarō" (陽陰の虫野郎)March 30, 1971 (1971-03-30)
53"Ma no mushikui kusa" (魔の虫食い草)April 6, 1971 (1971-04-06)
54"Mama ha umi no kanata ni" (ママは海の彼方に)April 13, 1971 (1971-04-13)
55"Hitoribocchino sanbiki" (ひとりぼっちの三匹)April 20, 1971 (1971-04-20)
56"Yuki yama no taiyō" (雪山の太陽)April 28, 1971 (1971-04-28)
57"Minami no kuni no komoriuta" (南の国の子守唄)May 4, 1971 (1971-05-04)
58"Chichi no hoshi. haha no hoshi" (父の星・母の星)May 11, 1971 (1971-05-11)
59"Kanashi i yūjō" (悲しい友情)May 18, 1971 (1971-05-18)
60"Taikai no ichiyō" (大海の一葉)May 26, 1971 (1971-05-26)
61"Utsukushi ki seimei" (美しき生命)June 1, 1971 (1971-06-01)
62"Shiawase ha mama no negai" (幸せはママの願い)June 8, 1971 (1971-06-08)
63"Sokonuke sanbiki no mushi yarō" (底抜け三匹の虫野郎)June 14, 1971 (1971-06-14)
64"Mō hitori no mama" (もう一人のママ)June 22, 1971 (1971-06-22)
65"Moe ro asayake" (燃えろ朝焼け)June 29, 1971 (1971-06-29)
66"Kanashi ki boshi kusa" (悲しき母子草)July 6, 1971 (1971-07-06)
67"Itsuwarino hanazono" (いつわりの花園)July 13, 1971 (1971-07-13)
68"Maboroshino kyūketsuki" (まぼろしの吸血鬼)July 20, 1971 (1971-07-20)
69"Ai no uragiri mono" (愛の裏切り者)July 27, 1971 (1971-07-27)
70"Utsukushi kiikenie" (美しきいけにえ)August 3, 1971 (1971-08-03)
71"Ai no taiketsu" (愛の対決)August 10, 1971 (1971-08-10)
72"Hacchi kokyō ni kaeru" (ハッチ故郷に帰る)May 17, 1971 (1971-05-17)
73"Yūyake no kyōdai" (夕焼けの兄妹)August 24, 1971 (1971-08-24)
74"Wasure na kusa ni negai wokomete" (忘れな草に願いをこめて)August 31, 1971 (1971-08-31)
75"Ai ha tatakai no hate ni" (愛は戦いの果てに)September 7, 1971 (1971-09-07)
76"Mori ha yon deiru" (森は呼んでいる)September 14, 1971 (1971-09-14)
77"Habatake oyako chō" (はばたけ親子蝶)September 21, 1971 (1971-09-21)
78"Shino ike karano dasshutsu" (死の池からの脱出)September 28, 1971 (1971-09-28)
79"Kagayake ru seimei" (輝ける生命)October 5, 1971 (1971-10-05)
80"Papa hahitoribocchi" (パパはひとりぼっち)October 12, 1971 (1971-10-12)
81"炎の中のママ" (Papa hahitoribocchi)October 19, 1971 (1971-10-19)
82"Namida no naka dearigatō" (涙の中でありがとう)October 26, 1971 (1971-10-26)
83"Tobe! mama wo shinji te" (飛べ!ママを信じて)November 2, 1971 (1971-11-02)
84"Gohiki no suzumebachi yarō" (五匹のスズメバチ野郎)November 9, 1971 (1971-11-09)
85"Ikari no ya" (怒りの矢)November 16, 1971 (1971-11-16)
86"Hacchi nitsuduke" (ハッチにつづけ)November 23, 1971 (1971-11-23)
87"Takumashiki haha no ai" (たくましき母の愛)November 30, 1971 (1971-11-30)
88"Mama ha namida nokanatani (mae)" (ママは涙のかなたに(前))December 7, 1971 (1971-12-07)
89"Mama ha namida nokanatani (nochi)" (ママは涙のかなたに(後))December 14, 1971 (1971-12-14)
90"Mama ni daka rete (mae)" (ママに抱かれて(前))December 21, 1971 (1971-12-21)
91"Mama ni daka rete (nochi)" (ママに抱かれて(後))December 28, 1971 (1971-12-28)


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