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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Flik (voice)
... Hopper (voice)
... Atta (voice)
... Dot (voice)
... Queen (voice)
... Molt (voice)
... Slim (voice)
... Heimlich (voice)
... Francis (voice)
... Manny (voice)
... Gypsy Moth (voice)
... Rosie (voice)
... Tuck / Roll (voice)
... P.T. Flea (voice)
... 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:

Bugs  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the movies first draft script, Flik was a red ant named Red who was part of the circus gang. See more »

Goofs

The insects other than the flies don't have arthropod eyes which insects have in reality. See more »

Quotes

Hopper: First rule of leadership: Everything is your fault.
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Crazy Credits

Filmed entirely on location. See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cucaracha
(uncredited)
Lyrics by José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi
Sung by the grasshoppers
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This movie is good eatin'!
6 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

"A Bug's Life" is like a favorite candy bar -- it's chock-full of great little bits that add up to something really tasty.

The story couldn't have been better; it's clever, has "heart" (emotion), and every character has a nice "arc" (a growth or change). By comparison, the only characters in "Toy Story" to have an "arc" are Buzz, who learns to love being a toy, and Woody, who overcomes his resentment of Buzz. There are tons of laughs and cute moments in "A Bug's Life". All of the actors turn in great voice work, and the animation, both the motion and detail, is superb.

This serious movie buff doesn't throw around "10"s lightly, but this movie certainly deserves the "10" I gave it.


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