A Bug's Life (1998) Poster



The two mosquitoes trapped in the light of the bugzapper ("Frank, don't go towards the light!" "I can't help it - it's so beautiful!") are the voices of the co-directors, John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton.
In the bloopers shown at the end of the film, Princess Atta is shown cracking up during her scene with Hopper, ruining take after take until Hopper goes to his trailer in frustration. This is a spoof of Julia Louis-Dreyfus being known to do the same.
The pizza van from Toy Story (1995), that appears in every Pixar film, (except The Incredibles (2004)) is visible around 25 minutes in, just after the circus scene as the camera tilts up.
Robert De Niro turned down the role of Hopper.
The original "teaser" trailer for this film was made up of animation made specially for the trailer and not appearing in the final film. This became a Pixar trademark.
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.
This is the first Pixar film to have outtakes.
The tunnel in a tunnel joke was made in reference to Steve Jobs' (CEO of Pixar and Apple) plan for Apple's "store in a store". Also, the hand gestures made by Hopper were modeled after gestures made by Jobs.
For the 1.33:1 video transfer, rather than pan-and-scan the original 2.35:1 theatrical image, Pixar actually re-used the original computer images, re-framed some scenes, and even to the point where they'd place characters to a different spot in the scene to fit into the 1.33:1 frame.
Ashley Tisdale tried out for the part of Dot.
The short film Geri's Game (1997) was shown before this film in theaters, at least in the United States, as the first Pixar short to precede a full-length feature film.
In the home video release there were 5 covers to pick from (Hopper, Flick, Dot, Francis, and Heimlich).
When Flik is in the city, a cereal box can be seen over his right shoulder with the first half of the code written on it appearing as "A113", a reference to the animation room at California Arts University where many Pixar artists attended.
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.
Dave Foley, who is Flik, originally tried out for the Slim, played by David Hyde Pierce.
DVD version is first ever all-digital video transfer.
WILHELM SCREAM: A worker ant screams the "third scream" when the grasshoppers invade the colony.
A similar film called Antz was released a month before this one. One of the producers for Antz was Jeffrey Katzenberg, who used to work for Disney but left after some disputes.
This was Roddy McDowall's final film before his death on October 3, 1998 at the age of 70.
P.T. Flea's name was based off of P.T. Barnum, who owned a traveling circus in New York City during the 1840s.
The restaurant at Bug City is a can of "Low Fat Lard".
There is a Hidden Mickey Ears in a scene from A Bugs Life when the scouts are painting Francis.
According to the Nutrition Facts sign on the back, the cookies from the box that Flea's circus travels in contain an impossible 92 grams of protein per serving.
Easter Egg: Woody from Toy Story in one of the outtake scenes holding a clapper upside down.
CASTLE THUNDER: Heard twice in the rain storm.
This was the first computer-generated feature film to be presented in a scope ratio of 2.35:1.

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