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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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?


Ashley Tisdale tried out for the part of Dot. See more »


Many of the characters have fewer legs than their real counterparts. Francis, Gypsy Moth, Manny, PT Flea, the mosquitoes, fireflies, and all the ants have four legs instead of six. Tuck and Roll have eight legs instead of fourteen. Heimlich has four thoracic legs instead of six. (The number of caterpillar prolegs can vary by species.) See more »


Hopper: It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess. One of those Circle of Life kind of things. Now let me tell you how things are supposed to work: The sun grows the food, the ants pick the food, the grasshoppers eat the food...
Molt: And the birds eat the grasshoppers. Hey, like the one that nearly ate you, you remember? You remem- Oh, you shoulda seen it, okay?
Hopper: Molt!
Molt: This blue jay has him half way down his throat, okay? And Hopper - Hopper's kicking and screaming, okay? And I'm scared, okay, I'm not ...
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Crazy Credits

The Pixar trademark lamp that stomps down on the letter "i" of "Pixar," looks into the camera, then shuts off, on the very last note of the music. See more »


References Pinocchio (1940) See more »


La Cucaracha
Lyrics by José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi
Sung by the grasshoppers
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User Reviews

Bug's Life is really funny!
18 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Critically, people say that Antz is better. Antz is a good film, but I enjoyed Bug's Life a bit more. I can't remember a Pixar animation, other than the two Toy Story films, that I was laughing so hard. The animation is clean, the story is original and doesn't preach. The voice overs are what make this movie. Dave Foley is an earnest ant that gets himself into trouble a lot. Hopper is a superb characterisation by the always wonderful Kevin Spacey, as is Haydn Panettiere as Dot . There is also sterling support from Dennis Leary, David Hyde Pierce and Madeline Kahn, and I could go on and on. The script is fantastic, so funny and sometimes even touching. It lacks the social messages of Antz, but what we have is rock-solid entertainment. 9/10. Bethany Cox

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