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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

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An epic of miniature proportions.


Certificate:

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Trivia

The bug circus travels in a wagon train made of animal cracker boxes. Traditional animal crackers boxes bore the legend of "Barnum's Animals", with the boxes being made to look in the shapes of railway carriages containing caged animals. The boxes also has a cotton ribbon stapled at both ends for use as a carrying handle. By cutting the ribbons of each box in the center and tying the ribbons end-to-end, a kid could build a circus train. See more »

Goofs

Despite the title, none of the characters are bugs, scientifically speaking. True bugs are only found in the Orders Hemiptera and Homoptera, and none of the characters are members of either order. See more »

Quotes

Queen: It's the same year after year, they come, they eat, they leave; that's our lot in life. It's not a lot, but it's our life.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

"A Bug's Life" was released theatrically in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The full-screen version, found on the VHS & DVD, was digitally re-rendered shot by shot, moving characters and objects closer together where necessary, to reframe and fit them into the 1.33:1 TV screen, According to Pixar more than half the movie was recomputed after changes in the camera's field of view or movement. See more »

Connections

Featured in Pixar's 20th Anniversary Special (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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

an animated delight
20 May 2004 | by MichaelOatesSee all my reviews

This animated feature about ants, grasshoppers, and various other bugs is an inspirational testament of never giving up despite the odds stacked against you.

The story begins as Flick, voiced by Dave Foley, the ant who always invents things one right after the other. After the grasshoppers come to invade the food supply, Flick comes up with the idea of getting warrior bugs to fight the grasshoppers. Not only will this idea give Flick respect it will allow him to get redemption as he has messed his prior invention up. This epic journey starts as Flick goes in search of the warrior bugs; he finds them in Circus bugs. Consumed for Princess Atta, voiced by Julia Louis Dreyfuss, and her approval, Flick hides the fact that these "warriors" are in fact circus bugs.

I was smiling throughout this film because it was the one of the best animated features I've seen. Furthermore "A Bug's Life" far eclipses "ANTZ" because this film has a point, storyline, and direction.

The ending is no surprise as far as the typical ending goes, but this is definitely a delight worth seeing on the big screen. I recommend this movie because it allows the mind to sit down and relax and without tension watch the movie in peace.


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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

Gross USA:

$162,798,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$363,258,859
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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