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A Bug's Life (1998)

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:
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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

At an annual pace, a huge colony of ants is forced to collect every piece of food that grows on their island for a group of menacing grasshoppers. But that all changes when a misfit inventor ant named Flik accidentally knocks over the offering pile thus forcing the grasshoppers' devious leader Hopper to force the ants to redo their gathering of food. Despite the fact that his friends don't believe him and desperate to help save the colony, Flik volunteers to go out into the world and search for a group of 'warrior' bugs. Instead, what he got was a talented group of circus performers. But when the grasshoppers return and take control of the island, Flik must prove himself a true hero before it's too late. Written by Blazer346

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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:

$162,792,677 (USA) (14 May 1999)
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Trivia

In the home video release there were 5 covers to pick from (Hopper, Flick, Dot, Francis, and Heimlich). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

P.T. Flea: Flaming Death is a huge hit!
Slim: P.T., shhh!
P.T. Flea: I'm serious! Word of mouth got around, the next day there was a line of flies outside the tent, went on forever. It must have been a foot long!
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Filmed entirely on location. See more »

Connections

References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cucaracha
(uncredited)
Lyrics by José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi
Sung by the grasshoppers
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An engaging film for all ages
24 April 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

You will marvel at the incredibly sophisticated computer animation, and the novelty probably won't wear off on the first, second or third viewing, but you?ll be drawn in by the characters which are so simple yet intriguing, that you may find yourself actually caring for them in an unexpected way, which may or may not make you feel a little childish due to the medium.

Disney continues to firmly hold the title of "Greatest Animation in the World", with "A Bug?s Life" standing as one of their greatest achievements. One of the innovative attachments being the delightful "out-takes" added to the end of the film. The DVD has two sets of these out-takes where as I?m told the VHS cassette has one alternating version per tape. The DVD also features "Gerry?s Game" which is a delightful little PIXAR short that was also shown prior to the film in theaters.

This is by far the superior insect-film in comparison to Dreamworks? "Antz", which in all fairness is pretty good, but lacks something in the animation and in the story development and characters. If you look at the star voices of both films, "Antz" is largely cast with big name "movie" stars with a few familiar "TV" star voices, where "A Bug?s Life" is just the opposite, loaded with "TV" stars with Kevin Spacey as the only stand out exception. But the difference in quality is distinct and obvious.

Dreamworks can?t be blamed or surprised though, when you go head to head with Disney, you have your work cut out for you. This is the kind of film that almost makes me wish I had children to share it with. Don?t think for a second that this is just a movie for kids, though.


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