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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:

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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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Trivia

P.T. Flea's name was based off of P.T. Barnum, who owned a traveling circus in New York City during the 1840s. See more »

Goofs

When the fly paper lands on P.T Flea and catches fire, he is standing near the top of the fly paper. After it burns, he is standing in the middle of the burn patch. See more »

Quotes

Flik: [has just realized the "warrior bugs" are from the circus] Your Highness! The warriors have called a secret meeting to make plans for circus, uh, *circumventing* the oncoming horde, so they can trapeze - *trap* them with ease!
Princess Atta: Well, shouldn't I come, too?
Flik: No! Ha ha ha! Sorry. No, no, see it's classified in the DMZ, gotta go ASAP, you know, strictly BYOB. Bye!
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Filmed entirely on location. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Pitts: A Bug's Wife (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

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