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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

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:

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

Gross:

SEK 34,351,136 (Sweden) (31 December 1999)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the Nutrition Facts sign on the back, the cookies from the box that Flea's circus travels in contain an impossible 92 grams of protein per serving. See more »

Goofs

When Dot flies after the circus caravan, and gets Flik to return, Flik is sitting off the back of the cart, so he can catch Dot. As soon as Flik turns down Dot's request for help, he's sitting in the front of the wagon. See more »

Quotes

Flik: Try not to look like a country bug. Blend. Blend in.
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Crazy Credits

Filmed entirely on location. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Monsters, Inc. (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cucaracha
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Lyrics by José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi
Sung by the grasshoppers
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One of the Most Endearing Bug Stories
23 April 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

The strongest point of every Pixar movie I've seen is that they all have heart. While the excellent colourful animation has been consistent in quality, it's the soulful stories and memorable characters that we love and return to with each viewing. 'A Bug's Life' has always been on my to-watch list and I finally bought the DVD yesterday. It's already become a favourite after first viewing. The animation is beautifully detailed and the motion is brilliant. Not only are the characters wonderfully illustrated but also the background is given plenty of detail. Moreover these characters are so adorable as they are superbly brought to life that you'll fall in love with them. The voice cast that includes talents like Bonnie Hunt, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Dave Foley and Richard Kind do a great job. Clearly, Pixar does not depend on stars (unlike Dreamworks) and they rather focus on the material by creating it with heart. 'A Bug's Life' is another winner from Pixar that I'll very likely be revisiting again and again.


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