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Life in the peaceful Bee Kingdom is disrupted by an invasion of wasps, who destroy the eggs and force the queen to flee with her subjects. A single remaining egg hatches, and young Hutch grows up in an environment where his bee-like looks lead to bullying and persecution. In a mixture of From the Apennines to the Andes with the "Ugly Duckling" from the Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Hutch realizes he is really a bee and sets off with his insect companions to find others of his race. This award-winning tale of a bug's life was so successful that it returned for a second series, New Hutch (1974), featuring new designs from the Tatsunoko studio's teenage prodigy, Yoshitaka Amano. For the sequel, the wasps return, and Hutch and his sister are exiled and hear that their mother has perished. With nowhere else to go, they search for a mythical "Beautiful Hill," along with insect companions including a firefly, butterflies, and a ladybug. In 1989, the story was completely remade for Tatsunoko by Akira Suzuki using many of the original scripts from the 1970 version but with all-new animation.