A Bug's Life (1998) Poster



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It's Tough to Be a Bug (1998) (Short)
A Bug's Life (1998) (Video Game)
A Bug's Life (1998) (Video Game)
This is a Game Boy Color game based on the animated film.


Pinocchio (1940)
Dumbo (1941)
The brand name on the animal cracker box that P.T. Flea uses as a circus wagon is "Casey Jr.", the name of the locomotive which pulls the circus train
Bambi (1942)
Hopper's "pet" wild grasshopper is named Thumper.
Seven Samurai (1954)
An ant colony (village) is under attack by grasshoppers (bandits) demanding food. This goes on until the village decides to hire a circus act (samurai) to defend the village. However, the circus act is nine members.
Picnic (1956)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The villain Hopper banishes Flik and the other bugs from the anthill in a similar fashion to Calvera driving the Seven away from the village.
Lost in Space (1965) (TV Series)
At one point Manny (Jonathan Harris (I)' cries out "the pain! the pain!", which was a Dr Smith expression from "Lost in Space".
The Partridge Family (1970) (TV Series)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Director John Lasseter mentioned that the character of Dim (voiced by Brad Garrett) was based on the big brutish yet not so smart character (who had the same name) in A Clockwork Orange.
Charlie's Angels (1976) (TV Series)
Dot and Keeto (1986)
The bird chase is similar when dot was once chased by a crow, but the bugs escape the bird back to ant island in the knick of time.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
The raindrops fall the same way (they drop like bombs).
Jurassic Park (1993)
When Dim scares Thumper away, his roar is the same as the T-Rex in Jurassic Park.
The Lion King (1994)
Hopper: "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess. One of those Circle of Life kind of things."
Toy Story (1995)
The Pizza Planet truck appears near the trailer with the deadly bug light.
Microcosmos (1996)
initial sequence; bird sequence; rain sequence
Lost in Space (1998)
Manny (Jonathan Harris) wears Dr. Smith's sweater from Lost in Space

Referenced in 

Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: Troldspejlet i USA (1997) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions Jørgen Klubien working on the upcoming Pixar film
Five Men and a Limo (1997) (Short)
Mark Elliott mentions Dot, the little ant princess.
Troldspejlet: Episode #21.11 (1999) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film in his review of A Bug's Life (1998) (VG)
Just a Minute: Episode #4.1 (1999) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Popular: Under Siege (1999) (TV Episode)
Poppy suggests that their group rent this movie
Toy Story 2 (1999)
During the video game sequence in the beginning, the planet Buzz flies into bears a striking resemblance to Ant Island and the surrounding riverbed. Heimlich the caterpillar can be seen on a leaf that is pushed aside by Buzz Lightyear while traveling towards Al's Toy Barn. He is seen in greater detail during the credit outtakes together with Flik the Ant. The Bug Bar can also be seen before the toys cross the street. Various toys from A Bug's Life can be seen in Al's Toy Barn as Buzz passes by the Buzz Lightyear aisle.
Chicken Run (2000)
Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) (Video)
On theater marquee.
7 Numara (2000) (TV Series)
A poster of the movie was shown in the girls room.
Rizoto (2000)
In the hotel television you can clearly see and listen to the greek version of this movie
Frontline: The Merchants of Cool (2001) (TV Episode)
Advertisement shown in segment "Under-the-Radar Marketing".
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Randall ends up in the trailer first seen in this movie.
Yes, Dear: Are We There Yet? (2001) (TV Episode)
Kim mentions this movie.
The Simpsons: Helter Shelter (2002) (TV Episode)
Exterminator's company is named "A Bug's Death".
The Pitts: A Bug's Wife (2003) (TV Episode)
The episode's title is a pun on the film's title.
21 Grams (2003)
When Jack Jordan (Benicio Del Toro) comes back after his period in jail, his daughter is painting on the floor, and close to her there's Heimlich , the caterpillar of A Bug's Life.
Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (2003) (TV Movie)
"You're weird, but I like you."
Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary (2003) (TV Special)
title mentioned
Terkel i knibe (2004)
"Bloopers" in end credits of computer animated film
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Talked about
Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (Video)
Video case is shown.
Cars (2006)
The logo can be seen on the race cars.
The Pixar Shorts: A Short History (2007) (Video)
Toys shown
WALL·E (2008)
Bean Jar in Wall-E's room
Heroes Unmasked: A Bug's Life (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the episode title
Jeopardy!: Episode #25.169 (2009) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Movies in Minivans" category
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Up (2009) (TV Episode)
Poster shown when Hewy discusses Pixar movies
The Amazing Race: Huger Than Huge (2010) (TV Episode)
A bug from A Bug's Life (1998) seen
Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Antz was in competition with this Pixar film.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
When Woody crawls out from the ceiling in the day care center over the Catepillar room, the letters ATTA can be seen on the wall. The name of the Princess in A Bug's Life.
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Toy Story 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Hewy says "Toy Story 2" came after "A Bug's Life"
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Alpha and Omega (2010) (TV Episode)
Hewy says Hayden Panettiere provided the voice Dot
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) (TV Episode)
Poster shown when Hewy discusses animated animal movies
Conan: Murder, She Tweeted (2010) (TV Episode)
Tom Hanks mentions the movie
The Nostalgia Chick: Dreamworks Vs. Disney: Rise of the Eyebrow (2010) (TV Episode)
Nostalgia Chick says Antz's resemblance to this movie was no coincedence
The Office: Threat Level Midnight (2011) (TV Episode)
Michael says that he "thought 'Bug's Life' was much better than 'Antz.'"
Edición Especial Coleccionista: ¿Quién puede matar a un niño? (2011) (TV Episode)
Appears on the list of DVD & Blu-Ray releases of April/May
Dream World (2012)
Colin says he accidentally deleted files for A Bug's Life 2.
AniMat's Reviews: ParaNorman (2012) (TV Episode)
The animated film that was in competition with Antz.
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Another film Pixar was working on during the production of Toy Story 2.
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 3 (2013) (TV Episode)
The original idea of Cars was originally intended to be released after this film.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 4 July 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mark Schlereth lists his top 5 movies since 1986
Half in the Bag: The Lone Ranger and White House Down (2013) (TV Episode)
mentions movies with similar plots released the same year
Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (Video Game)
During the Jewel Store Job if you choose to do it stealthy and get the Exterminator Van it says on the side of the van " It's A Bug's Death".
Atop the Fourth Wall: Tales to Astonish #27 (2013) (TV Episode)
Flik appears on title card
Psych: Shawn and Gus Truck Things Up (2014) (TV Episode)
Luther says, "Any kid who's seen 'A Bug's Life' knows how it works."
El Reviewer Random: Super Kid (2014) (TV Episode)
movie is referenced
Studio C: Episode #5.1 (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the Disney cartoon mentor sketch
Animation Lookback: The Best of Stop Motion - Ray Harryhausen 1/2 (2014) (TV Episode)
The 1998 Mighty Joe Young remake was in competition with this film.
Honest Trailers: Toy Story (Feat. Will Sasso) (2015) (TV Episode)
Randy Newman song
Storage Hunters UK: Leeds (2015) (TV Episode)
VHS in Boudicca's unit.
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
The tree that Arlo and Spot find in the cliffs bares a resemblance to the tree from Ant Island.
500 Questions: Episode #2.4 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "Animated Films" category
The Star Wars Show: Finding Dory Co-Director Angus MacLane, ILMxLAB News, and More (2016) (TV Episode)
Angus mentions it during his interview
Cash Trapped: Episode #1.6 (2016) (TV Episode)
Correct answer.
Difficult People: High Alert (2016) (TV Episode)
Billy mentions the film
PWN: Disappointing Movies: PWN #8 (2016) (TV Episode)
Title is mentioned
Nostalgia Critic: The Top 11 Best Movie Sequels (2017) (TV Episode)
"So two bug movies came out that year."
I Hate Everything: the Search for the Worst: The (NOT DREAMWORKS) Collection - 9 Movies! (2017) (TV Episode)
Alex Beltman mentions it. Also, poster is shown.
Modern Family: Dear Beloved Family (2018) (TV Episode)
This is the movie shown on Phil's Y2K flight
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Trevor Noah/Dakota Fanning/Jeff Dye (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jeff Dye in his stand-up routine
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: The Big Comeback (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
LEGO The Incredibles (2018) (Video Game)
Flik is a playable character in the game.

Featured in 

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) (TV Special)
The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) (TV Special)
Siskel & Ebert: That's Not All, Folks! (1999) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Troldspejlet: Episode #22.13 (1999) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
Disney Through the Decades (2001) (Video)
Behind the Boards on Baby Weems (2002) (Video)
Making 'Nemo' (2003) (Video)
clip shown
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 84
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Clips are shown
Cars (2006)
Included as part of Joe Ranft tribute at end
Pixar's 20th Anniversary Special (2006) (TV Movie)
featured in clips
The Pixar Story (2007)
Your Friend the Rat (2007) (Short)
Used footage of the flea circus flea
The Nostalgia Chick: Top Ten Disney Deaths (2011) (TV Episode)
recalling the death of Hopper.
Steve Jobs: iGenius (2012)
A clip is featured.
Disneycember: A Bug's Life (2012) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Film is talked about, clips shown.
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 6 (2013) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
The Blockbuster Buster: Robots (2014) (TV Episode)
"Oh look, it's that scene from Bug's Life."
AniMat's Classic Reviews: A Bug's Life (2014) (TV Episode)
Reviewed, clips shown.
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: Top 10 Pixar Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
The #10 pick.


Seven Samurai (1954)
Director Akira Kurosowa is also listed in the credits
Batman (1989)

Spoofed in 

Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko (1999) (Video Game)
Signs saying "A Bug's Wife"
Shrek (2001)
The Apprentice (2004) (TV Series)
Saying ''You're fired'' spoofs Tuck and Roll's ''You fired" catchphrase
Robot Chicken: Choked on a Bottle Cap (2013) (TV Episode)
parody skit
Sanders Shorts: Disney Pranks with Friends: A Bug's Life Edition (2014) (TV Episode)
Thomas makes a prank inspired on the movie. He throws his friend Joan some fake bugs while shouting "I'm a beautiful butterfly!", scaring Joan to death.
Real Artists (2017) (Short)
Spoofed in the poster for "Diary of an Ant"

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