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A Bug's Life (1998)

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A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Flik (voice)
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Hopper (voice)
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Atta (voice)
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Dot (voice)
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Queen (voice)
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Molt (voice)
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Slim (voice)
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Heimlich (voice)
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Francis (voice)
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Manny (voice)
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Gypsy Moth (voice)
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Rosie (voice)
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Tuck / Roll (voice)
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P.T. Flea (voice)
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Dim (voice)
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Storyline

Every year, a bunch of grasshoppers come to the anthill and eat what the ants have gathered for them. The "offering", as the ants call the ritual, is a part of their fate. One day in spring, when the offering's preparation has just been finished, Flik, unliked inventor ant, accidentally drops the whole offered seeds into the river. The grasshoppers come and give the ants a second chance to collect food until fall. Flik sets off to find bugs that are willing to fight the grasshoppers (nobody expects him to succeed anyway) and, due to a double misinterpretation, returns with a circus crew, giving everybody new hope. When the misunderstanding finally gets cleared out, there is only little time left for a new plan, which has to work, or else... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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An epic of miniature proportions.


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Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Bug's Life 3D  »

Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,204,678 (UK) (5 February 1999)

Gross:

SEK 34,351,136 (Sweden) (31 December 1999)
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Trivia

The restaurant at Bug City is a can of "Low Fat Lard". See more »

Goofs

When the leaf template of the bird is placed in the sun's path to make a shadow on the ground, the direction of the bird is placed in the sky, different to the way the shadow is on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Hopper: You think it's over?
Flik: No, no, no! No I-I can explain!
Hopper: All your little stunt did was buy them time.
Flik: No, please! Please, Hopper!
Hopper: I'll get more grasshoppers and be back next season, but you won't.
[suddenly, a bird looms over them]
Hopper: Well, what's this? Another one of your little bird tricks?
Flik: Yep!
Hopper: Are there a bunch of little girls in this one, too? Hello, girls!
[the bird shrieks]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, there are some faked "goofs" during filming such as characters bursting out laughing, accidentally knocking over the camera, etc. One particular highlight is Flik yelling "To infinity, and beyond!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Heroes Unmasked: A Bug's Life (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Time of Your Life
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
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Fun, but no wit or style
7 February 1999 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

A battle is being waged on the frontier of technology. Oh yes, the computer generated film swing is in full effect, bringing the joys and ecstacy of worlds fantastic. But why oh why must script and story suffer at the hands of silicon?

"A Bug's Life" is a simple tale of Flik, an ant with a passion for invention. Obviously this makes him a hit with his fellow colonists, who fear new ways, and therefore dismiss the ideas as sheer madness. And following a diastrous incident involving the fearsome grasshoppers, Flik is sent to find help in defending the ants against the grasshoppers when they return for their offering. And instead of warriors, he finds and recruits a group of recently fired circus acts, including a caterpillar who can't wait to be a butterfly, a labybird who is often mistaken for a girl, and a pair of woodlouse who speak not a word of English. And so, Flik returns with the troop to fight the enemy. Of course, nothing runs smoothly, and with the Princess Atta on the watch, it's gonna be tough.

"A Bug's Life" is by no means a bad film: there's plenty to keep the kids entertained, and it's fun to watch as the story unfolds. But where's the humour we came to expect from the likes of "Toy Story" or the similarly themed "Antz"? The script is predictable and bland with no twists. And the characters remain two dimensional in their 3D universe. Fun for kids, but little of interest for those who relished the multi-layed humour of "Toy Story".


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