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"The Ugly Bug Ball" is a song written by the Sherman Brothers and sung by Osh Popham (Burl Ives) in the film Summer Magic. It was included in the VHS Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare Necessities and was also made into a music video on DTV, which aired on the Disney Channel and set to footage of Woodland Café and Springtime for Pluto.

Lyrics

Once a lonely caterpillar sat and cried
To a sympathetic beetle by his side
"I've got nobody to hug
I'm such an ug-i-ly bug"

Then a spider and a dragonfly replied
"If you're serious and want to win a bride
Come along with us, to the glorious annual Ugly Bug Ball"

Come on let's crawl (gotta crawl, gotta crawl)
To the Ugly Bug Ball (to the Ball, to the Ball)
And a happy time we'll have there
One and all at the Ugly Bug Ball

(instrumental break)

While the crickets click their tricky melodies
All the ants were fancy dancing with the fleas
Then up from under the ground
The worms came squirming around
Oh, they danced until their legs were nearly lame
Every little crawling creature you could name
Everyone was glad
What a time they had
They were so happy they came

Come on let's crawl (gotta crawl, gotta crawl)
To the Ugly Bug Ball (to the Ball, to the Ball)
And a happy time we'll have there
One and all at the Ugly Bug Ball

(instrumental break)

Then our caterpillar saw a pretty queen
She was beautiful in yellow, black, and green
He said, "Would you care to dance?"
Their dancing lead to romance
Then she sat upon his caterpillar knees
And he gave his caterpillar queen a squeeze
Soon they'll honeymoon
Build a big cocoon
Thanks to the Ugly Bug Ball

Come on let's crawl (gotta crawl, gotta crawl)
To the Ugly Bug Ball (to the Ball, to the Ball)
And a happy time we'll have there
One and all at the Ugly Bug Ball

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Trivia

  • At first, Walt Disney did not care for the song. Robert B. Sherman explained to him that to bugs, others were not ugly, even if they looked ugly to us, beauty being in the eye of the beholder. He liked the idea and the song went on to become one of the popular ones of the year.


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Media
Summer Magic
Characters
Nancy Carey • Osh Popham • Margaret Carey • Julia Carey • Gilly Carey • Peter Carey • Digby Popham • Lally Joy Popham • Maria Popham • Tom Hamilton • Charles Bryant • Mr. Perkins • Henry Lord • Mary • Ellen • Sam
Songs
FlitterinBeautiful BeulahSummer MagicPink of PerfectionThe Ugly Bug BallOn the Front PorchFemininity
Locations
Maine
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