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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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The names on the boxes that make up the City are all the names of the writers' kids. A few examples are: JuJu's Litter, Hannah's Bananas, and PJ Pop. See more »


About 20 minutes into the movie, in Rosie and Dim's "lion tamer" scene, we clearly see that Rosie accidentally whips Dim's left foot. A few minutes later, as she's getting a bandage for him, he's whimpering and holding up his right foot for her. See more »


Boy Ant #1: My dad says he gives you one hour before you come back to the island crying.
Flik: Does he now?
Boy Ant #2: My dad doesn't think that.
Flik: He doesn't, huh?
Boy Ant #2: Nah, he's betting you're gonna die.
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La Cucaracha
Lyrics by José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi
Sung by the grasshoppers
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This movie is good eatin'!
6 December 1998 | by (Honolulu, Hawaii) – See all my reviews

"A Bug's Life" is like a favorite candy bar -- it's chock-full of great little bits that add up to something really tasty.

The story couldn't have been better; it's clever, has "heart" (emotion), and every character has a nice "arc" (a growth or change). By comparison, the only characters in "Toy Story" to have an "arc" are Buzz, who learns to love being a toy, and Woody, who overcomes his resentment of Buzz. There are tons of laughs and cute moments in "A Bug's Life". All of the actors turn in great voice work, and the animation, both the motion and detail, is superb.

This serious movie buff doesn't throw around "10"s lightly, but this movie certainly deserves the "10" I gave it.

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