Santo Bugito
GenreChildren's Programming
Created byArlene Klasky
Developed byArlene Klasky
Gabor Csupo
Voices ofMarabina Jaimes
Tony Plana
Charlie Adler
Joan Van Ark
George Kennedy
Candi Milo
William Sanderson
Michael Stanton
Cheech Marin
Henry Gibson
David Paymer
ComposersMark Mothersbaugh
Bob Mothersbaugh
Bruce Young Berman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production companiesAnivision[1]
Klasky Csupo
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1995 (1995-09-16) –
August 17, 1996 (1996-08-17)

Santo Bugito is an American animated television series produced and developed by Klasky-Csupo for CBS and created by Arlene Klasky.[2][3] It ran for thirteen episodes and revolved around the goings on in a fictional community of insects.[4]

Notable achievements of this series included a revival of the insect-community genre (little of which had been seen since Mr. Bug Goes to Town), and voice cameos from well known performers such as Jim Belushi. The regular cast included Tony Plana, William Sanderson. Henry Gibson, George Kennedy, Cheech Marin and Joan Van Ark.[5]


Santo Bugito is set in a titular border town between Texas and Mexico, populated by various anthropomorphic insects. Carmen De La Antchez (Marabina Jaimes) is the show's protagonist, an ant who runs a restaurant in the town with her husband, Paco (Tony Plana). The town is populated by other insects, including two brash American flies, Clem (William Sanderson) and Burt (Michael Stanton), a hyperactive flea named Lencho (Cheech Marin), a cynical artist termite named Eaton Woode (Charles Adler), a butterfly named Rosa (Candi Milo) and her boyfriend Miguel who is still in his cocoon, Amelia (Joan Van Ark), an enthusiastic damselfly, Ralph, a large friendly ladybug with a deep voice (George Kennedy) and a praying mantis professor who occasionally interrupts the show to give dull educational lectures, but is usually pushed off-screen by another character.

The show primarily deals with slice of life stories, but often with a strange insect twist. Some episodes include the town still trying to operate when Carmen is bedridden with a broken leg ("The Carmen Tango"), Lencho trying to attract a famous black widow spider dancer to perform in the town ("A Widow Goes a Long Way"), and one where a mosquito lawyer named Emma Squito comes to town, and everyone in the town is caught up in a suing frenzy, in exchange for Emma sucking the blood from each of her clients ("Sue City"). A mariachi band of ants occasionally narrate the action with music.

Main cast


Only 13 episodes were produced, and the series was canceled after only one season.

  1. Load o' Bees
  2. Sue City
  3. Splitsville
  4. The Carmen Tango
  5. Cupid vs. Clem
  6. Swiped
  7. A Widow Goes a Long Way
  8. The Carnivore Kid
  9. Lost Cause
  10. How to Eat People and Make New Friends
  11. My Name Is Revenge
  12. Bugged Bug
  13. Buenos Roaches


  1. ^ "Santo Bugito TV Series 1995".
  2. ^ Louise McElvogue (1995-08-07). "A Bug's-Eye View in CBS' 'Santo Bugito' : Television: It may not sound like the most politically correct Saturday morning cartoon, but it's certainly the most entomologically correct". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-04-20.
  3. ^ "The Rugrats' Real Mom And Dad". Businessweek. 1995-10-15. Retrieved 2014-04-20.
  4. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 530. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  5. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 710–711. ISBN 978-1476665993.