Bug's Life

Bug's Life

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Director: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

Cast: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey

     
 

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John Lassiter, director of Pixar's movie phenomenon Toy Story, has set new standards in computer animation with his next effort, another Disney-released children's epic entitled A Bug's Life. Blending classic Disney story-telling characters, and the mysterious underground world of bugs, he has created a filmSee more details below

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John Lassiter, director of Pixar's movie phenomenon Toy Story, has set new standards in computer animation with his next effort, another Disney-released children's epic entitled A Bug's Life. Blending classic Disney story-telling characters, and the mysterious underground world of bugs, he has created a film that can be enjoyed by all audiences and has created another franchise in the process. A Bug's Life is a computerized retelling of the Aesop fable The Ant and the Grasshopper, made as a cartoon short by the one-and-only Walt Disney in the mid-30's. However, A Bug's Life has modernized the story with many new twists and celebrity voices. The story focuses on a colony of ants who seasonally gather food for themselves and a wild gang of rowdy grasshoppers. When bumbling worker-ant Flik (David Foley) destroys the food supply, the angry grasshoppers, lead by the maniacally warped Hopper (Kevin Spacey) threaten to kill the ants if they don't produce a new supply of food by the time they return, an impossible feat. Flik leaves the anthill in search of help in the form of bigger bugs to wage war against the grasshoppers. What he doesn't know is he has actually discovered a group of down-on-their-luck traveling circus insects in need of a job. When the ants realize that their heroes are really circus performers (and the circus bugs realize that these grasshoppers are really big and mean) the situation goes from bad to worse. Ultimately the ants use their large numbers to overcome the grasshoppers.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A Bug's Life, produced by the same studio and creative team responsible for Toy Story, gleefully expands the nearly limitless boundaries of computer animation with innovative imagery and sophisticated storytelling techniques. The film's protagonist is Flik (voiced by Dave Foley), a brilliant but socially awkward ant who labors to free his colony from the tyranny of thuggish grasshoppers led by Hopper (Kevin Spacey). When one of Flik's labor-saving inventions backfires and scatters an offering of grain collected to mollify the grasshoppers, our hero enlists the aid of performing insects, who impersonate fearless warriors apparently eager to do battle with the green-skinned, multi-legged bullies. Witty scripting and peppy vocal performances go a long way toward delineating the characters, and the three-dimensional Pixar animation creates the illusion that they really exist. Their fluidity of movement, coupled with the dramatic interplay of light and shadow, facilitates the willing suspension of disbelief that will enable viewers of all ages to enjoy A Bug's Life.
All Movie Guide
Magnificently rendered by the computer-graphics company Pixar (of Toy Story fame), scored by the always-spirited Randy Newman and starring a cavalcade of impressive voices, A Bug's Life is a high point in animated family fare. It's the kind of film adults enjoy as much as, if not more than, their preschool offspring. Even the fake "outtakes" following the film are hilarious: like much of the film's humor, they aim for a surprising level of sophistication. The creators use animation not just to put a child-friendly face on some normally creepy critters, but to go where live-action can't, creating a world of shapes, colors and sounds that couldn't be accomplished otherwise. A Bug's Life was released only months after the more adult-oriented Antz; it's been suggested that the success of these films might have ominous implications for the future of traditional, hand-drawn animation. But it's not simply the computer handiwork that makes A Bug's Life so impressive -- it's the creativity.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1999
UPC:
0717951004024
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:35:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dave Foley Flik
Kevin Spacey Hopper
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Princess Atta
Hayden Panettiere Dot
Phyllis Diller Queen
Richard Kind Molt
David Hyde Pierce Slim
Joe Ranft Heimlich
Denis Leary Francis
Jonathan Harris Manny
Madeline Kahn Gypsy
Bonnie Hunt Rosie
Michael McShane Tuck & Roll
John Ratzenberger P.T. Flea
Brad Garrett Dim
Roddy McDowall Mr. Soil
Edie McClurg Dr. Flora
Alex Rocco Thorny
David Ossman Cornelius
Kelsey Mulrooney Voice Only
Christina Milian Voice Only
Ashley Tisdale Lead Blueberry Scout

Technical Credits
John Lasseter Director,Original Story
Andrew Stanton Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Darla K. Anderson Producer
Sharon Calahan Cinematographer
William Cone Production Designer
Tia W. Kratter Art Director
Ruth Lambert Casting
Donald McEnery Screenwriter
Randy Newman Score Composer
Bob Pauley Art Director
Joe Ranft Original Story
Kevin Reher Producer
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Shaw Screenwriter

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