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A Bug's Life (1998)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  25 November 1998 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Flik (voice)
Hopper (voice)
Atta (voice)
Dot (voice)
Queen (voice)
Molt (voice)
Slim (voice)
Heimlich (voice)
Francis (voice)
Manny (voice)
Gypsy Moth (voice)
Rosie (voice)
Tuck / Roll (voice)
P.T. Flea (voice)
Dim (voice)


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


$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$291,121 (USA) (20 November 1998)


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

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Did You Know?


Editor Lee Unkrich revealed they considered calling the film "Bug Story," but coming on the heels of Toy Story (1995), they were worried that people would expect Pixar to use the "____ Story" naming convention for all their films. See more »


Flik couldn't reach the back of his invention when he tried to get a seed for Dot. Later, he is caught by a blade of grass and is flung backwards, and all the seeds fall out of his invention. Then we see him running toward the offering stone with his invention full of seeds. He couldn't have put them back in, because he can't reach his invention when it is on. How did the seeds get in there? See more »


Heimlich: [dressed as baby] Bottle all gone. Baby wants pie!
Francis: Pie? He asked for it. Should I give it to him?
Molt: Yeah! Give him pie! Give him pie!
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Crazy Credits

The film lists "production babies." which are the children born to the staff members of Pixar Animation Studios during the production of the project. See more »


Referenced in Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (2003) See more »


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User Reviews

an animated delight

This animated feature about ants, grasshoppers, and various other bugs is an inspirational testament of never giving up despite the odds stacked against you.

The story begins as Flick, voiced by Dave Foley, the ant who always invents things one right after the other. After the grasshoppers come to invade the food supply, Flick comes up with the idea of getting warrior bugs to fight the grasshoppers. Not only will this idea give Flick respect it will allow him to get redemption as he has messed his prior invention up. This epic journey starts as Flick goes in search of the warrior bugs; he finds them in Circus bugs. Consumed for Princess Atta, voiced by Julia Louis Dreyfuss, and her approval, Flick hides the fact that these "warriors" are in fact circus bugs.

I was smiling throughout this film because it was the one of the best animated features I've seen. Furthermore "A Bug's Life" far eclipses "ANTZ" because this film has a point, storyline, and direction.

The ending is no surprise as far as the typical ending goes, but this is definitely a delight worth seeing on the big screen. I recommend this movie because it allows the mind to sit down and relax and without tension watch the movie in peace.

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