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A Bug's Life (1998)

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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.

Directors:

John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton (co-director)

Writers:

John Lasseter (original story by), Andrew Stanton (original story by) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Foley ... Flik (voice)
Kevin Spacey ... Hopper (voice)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Atta (voice)
Hayden Panettiere ... Dot (voice)
Phyllis Diller ... Queen (voice)
Richard Kind ... Molt (voice)
David Hyde Pierce ... Slim (voice)
Joe Ranft ... Heimlich (voice)
Denis Leary ... Francis (voice)
Jonathan Harris ... Manny (voice)
Madeline Kahn ... Gypsy Moth (voice)
Bonnie Hunt ... Rosie (voice)
Michael McShane ... Tuck / Roll (voice)
John Ratzenberger ... P.T. Flea (voice)
Brad Garrett ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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An epic of miniature proportions.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bugs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$291,121, 22 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$162,798,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$363,398,565
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The Queen's pet aphid "Aphie" in real life would be treated more like livestock instead of a pet as ants typically herd aphids for the sweet nectar that they produce, and in return the ants protect aphids from predators. 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

[hanging on to Slim's leg in mid-air]
Flik: You can't go! I'm desperate.
Slim: Really? I couldn't tell.
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

Two versions of the film have been released, each one with different fake outtakes over the end credits. The version released before December 18th, 1999 features a set, and the one released after that date has another. This was done because Disney hoped it would encourage people to view the film a second time. This version has only appeared on the VHS, and can only be viewed as a separate bonus feature on the DVD. See more »

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The Time of Your Life
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
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User Reviews

 
Funniest film in a long time
23 December 1998 | by Ahmad-4See all my reviews

This is a FUNNY film. It has all the usual Disney components (music, great range of characters, story, appeal), entwined with superb animation and the excellent voice talents of less well known actors as those in say "Antz" and "Price of Egypt".

The characters work really well, and have a strong appeal, and the humour is aimed at a wide level which overcomes generational barriers. The movie is also presented in superb cinemascope format, which adds to the cinema experience.

Call me crazy, but I have seen the film three times, and I intend on taking more friends to see it this weekend. Many skeptics have seen this film on my recommendation and not been disappointed. I work in a multiplex, and I can honestly say that no-one has ever walked out of this movie without a sense of satisfaction.

See it, and don't be put off because it is animated. You are sure to enjoy this movie, and make sure you stay for the end credits! The bloopers and out-takes at the end are the funniest part of the film, which is packed with laughs throughout.


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