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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  »

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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

Editor Lee Unkrich revealed they considered calling the film "Bug Story," but coming on the heels of Toy Story (1995), they were worried that people would expect Pixar to use the "____ Story" naming convention for all their films. See more »

Goofs

When Flick goes to the bar to try to hire some warrior bugs, he watches a mosquito order a "Bloody Mary - O+". The mosquito clearly is a male, while in reality only female mosquitoes drink blood. See more »

Quotes

Princess Atta: You see Hopper, Nature has a certain order. The ants pick the food, the ants keep the food, and the grasshoppers leave!
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, there are some faked "goofs" during filming such as characters bursting out laughing, accidentally knocking over the camera, etc. One particular highlight is Flik yelling "To infinity, and beyond!" See more »

Connections

Featured in The Blockbuster Buster: Robots (2014) See more »

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The Time of Your Life
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
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Great animation
18 October 1999 | by (Bedfordshire, England) – See all my reviews

A Bugs Life is a great film that is not just for kids but for adults too. The story is set around a colony of ants and their struggle against the evil Grasshoppers who come back every year and steal their food ( A Mirror of the Magnifiscent seven). There is some wonderfull computer animation and the voices are great too. You will love it!! 8 out of 10


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