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Bug Bites: An Ant's Life (1998)

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Thang, Rose and Didi help the young Queen Jo build a new ant hill while avoiding the sinister geckos and keeping Sal Caterpillar out of trouble.

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Life's not easy when you're a six-legged critter. Just ask Thang, Rose and Didi, three ant sisters trying to make it in one tough neighborhood. Join these intrepid anthropoids as they help the young Queen Jo build a new ant hill while avoiding the sinister geckos and keeping Sal Caterpillar out of trouble. The adventure never stops when you're a quarter inch long - in the underbrush. Written by Lisa Gilby

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With a running time of 25 minutes, this is the shortest "mockbuster" film of all time. See more »

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In the 2006 re-release, as the bar with "© Michael Schelp" appears, "© BugBites.com" from the 1998 release can be seen for a few frames. See more »

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Truly atrocious and with no redeeming features
1 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

That it is a blatant rip-off of A Bug's Life, but with none of its great entertainment and charm, is the least of Bug Bites: An Ant's Life's problems. Of all the animated mock busters, this has to be one of the worst of those not with Video Brinquedo or Spark Plug Entertainment's names on them, it is atrociously bad and has no redeeming features whatsoever.

What was especially bad here was the animation. Quite frankly it is some of the worst computer animation I've ever seen, on par with the worst of Video Brinquedo and Spark Plug Entertainment. The character designs are creepy-looking, with the worst case being the geckos(designed in a way that doesn't ever blend within the colours and the background), there is absolutely no detail, smoothness or depth in the backgrounds, instead everything looks blocky and sparse, and the colours have no vibrancy and look incredibly flatly textured instead. The music is intrusive and has no sense of pace to it, not really gelling with the rest.

In Bug Bites: An Ant's Life, the script-writing is incredibly lazy and doesn't even try to make sense. While the target audience situation is nowhere near as bad as it in in A Car's Life and most of the Video Brinquedo output, Bug Bites: An Ant's Life has very little appeal for children(except for maybe the very little) or adults, adults especially will find it insultingly juvenile and children may find themselves squirming in their seats from how much boredom the story has. The story in Bug Bites: An Ant's Life is so bland and tissue-thin that it doesn't feel like there is one, a lot of scenes needlessly stretched with dialogue that has no relevance and only there to pad the running time. Apparently, this is the shortest animated mock buster, being twenty five minutes, but you wouldn't think so because it really does not feel that short(feeling over twice as long).

The characters are insufferably annoying, with the ants adding very little charm or personality and the geckos aren't sinister whatsoever, the chemistry between them aimless. The voice acting is even worse. All the ants sounded disengaged and like they didn't care about the situation they were in and did the geckos really need to speak in that grating monotone and croaky tone all the time? In conclusion, atrociously and irredeemably bad. 0/10 Bethany Cox


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