A Bug's Life (stylized as a bug's life) is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, the film involves a inventive ant named Flik that is looking for "tough warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, only to recruit a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe. The film stars the voices of Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Flik (Dave Foley) is an inventive ant who's always messing things up for his colony. His latest mishap was knocking the food off the offering stone that were supposed to be used to pay off grasshopper Hopper (Kevin Spacey). Now the strong-arming insect is demanding that the ants gather double the food -- or face annihilation. To avert disaster, Flik goes on a journey to recruit fighters to defend the colony. When he meets a band of high-flying circus insects, he thinks he's found his salvation.
Why It Rocks
- It was the very first time, that a CGI-animated movie was released in 2.35:1 widescreen ratio.
- For Pixar’s second film they were able to make lightning strike twice.
- The animation is visually stunning by late-90's standards.
- Randy Newman's score is well done.
- The characters are likable.
- Amazing voice acting.
- It was a fantastic take-off from Aesop's fable "The Ant and the Grasshopper".
- The movie has a great story with good morals.
- The concept of the movie is quite interesting.
- The Circus Bugs are well-developed characters with personality.
- Great inspiration from Seven Samurai.
- Great lines such as "FLAMING DEATH", "WHERE'S MY FOOD?!?!?", "Come on Francis, you're making the maggots cry", and "I'M LOOOOOST!".
- The outtakes during the end credits. One set is fine, but both sets together makes it the definitive way to watch the movie's end credits.
The Only Bad Qualities
- The story is a bit predictable because it builds up to the "Liar Revealed" cliche.
- Hopper's death, rather he was eaten alive by the baby birds, can be too gritty to a G rating.