A Bug's Life

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Blu-ray:; A Bug's Life - the first draft animated sequences from the original story treatment with introduction by John Lasseter; Filmmakers' round table-filmmakers reflect on the creation of the film; Geri's game-academy award winner (1997)-best animated short film; Director audio commentary; Behind the scenes of A Bug's Life; A Walt Disney silly symphony: grasshopper and the ants; Outtakes
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Editorial Reviews

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: 9/28/2010
  • UPC: 786936807288
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Bonus DVD
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:10:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 1,916

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dave Foley Voice Only
Kevin Spacey Voice Only
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Voice Only
Hayden Panettiere Voice Only
Phyllis Diller Voice Only
Richard Kind Voice Only
David Hyde Pierce Voice Only
Joe Ranft Voice Only
Denis Leary Voice Only
Jonathan Harris Voice Only
Madeline Kahn Voice Only
Bonnie Hunt Voice Only
Michael McShane Voice Only
John Ratzenberger Voice Only
Brad Garrett Voice Only
Roddy McDowall Voice Only
Edie McClurg Voice Only
Alex Rocco Voice Only
David Ossman Voice Only
Christina Milian Voice Only
Kelsey Mulrooney 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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bug's Life
1. Main Titles [4:28]
2. Flik's Invention [3:23]
3. Red Alert [1:59]
4. The Grasshoppers Arrive [5:26]
5. On Trial [2:00]
6. Leaving Ant Island [1:36]
7. Flik's Flight [1:08]
8. PT Flea's Circus [6:02]
9. The City [1:41]
10. Bug Bar [3:40]
11. Flying Home [1:14]
12. The Warriors Arrive [3:13]
13. Official Welcome [3:44]
14. "Squish Me Now" [1:44]
15. A Bird Attacks [3:50]
16. Francis the Hero [:36]
17. Atta's Apology [1:22]
18. Flik's Plan [1:56]
19. Building the Bird [3:37]
20. Hopper's Hideout [3:44]
21. The Celebration [2:13]
22. PT Arrives [3:33]
23. The Grasshoppers Return [2:03]
24. To the Clubhouse [1:03]
25. Dot Goes For Help [1:14]
26. Turning Back [3:16]
27. Grasshopper Occupation [:48]
28. Showtime [4:26]
29. Flik's Bird Attacks [2:14]
30. Flik vs Hopper [1:27]
31. Ant Battle [1:02]
32. Rain [1:12]
33. Hopper's Demise [1:52]
34. Springtime [1:10]
35. End Credits [4:13]
36. Outtakes [:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Bug's Life
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         5.1 Surround English Soundtrack
         2.0 Stereo: Music Only
         Audio Commentary: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Bugs Don't Bug Me

    This Disney Pixar DVD is one of our family's favorites. The ants are just precious in contrast to the sinister grasshoppers. Our sons really like to watch this one over and over. It would make a great holiday gift to be enjoyed for many years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Bug's Life - great fun for the entire family

    A Bug's Life is a wonderful film. The characters are richly drawn and beautifully spoken by the actors. I give it my highest recommendation.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Pixar's Worst Movie

    ...is still better than most non-Pixar animated features. This is a high compliment. I only call it the worst if ranking Pixar movies in order from "good to greatest." So, A Bug's Life is definately a GOOD movie to watch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Marx comes to Disney world

    On Blue Ray, the cartoons are gorgeous. The individual bugs are charmingly done. But who in heaven's name wants to see Aesop's and LaFontaine's charming beast fable recast as a Marxist parable, down to the Labor Theory of Value (for real!) and the Revolt of the Masses (assisted of course by a bunch of failed artistic/intellectual types)? Your children will grow up some day, and it might do to remember an old tag usually attributed to the Jesuits: "give me a child until he's 6 and you can have him until he's 60". What were the folks at Pixar thinking?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a bug's life

    this is one of my fave disney animated films next to toy story. i wonder why not many like this one, i thought finding nemo was okay but loved a bug's life. have yet to see toy story 2. this is the story of an ant who sets out to find help in order to save his colony from the grasshoppers. had no idea one of them was voiced by spacey. he was just terrific.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another great, Pixar classic!

    I really love this movie!! It's about an ant colony who is constantly oppressed by a group of grasshoppers. Every year, the ants are forced to collect food for these gluttonous grass-hoppers and their heartless leader, Hopper. When Flik, the "oddball and outcast" member of the colony accidentally destroys their food supplies, Hopper is angry but gives them one more chance to collect food. Flik, feeling as if he should take full responsibiliy, goes out on a quest to find warrior bugs to fight the grasshoppers away. By misunderstanding the circumstance, Flik mistakens a group of warrior bugs for circus clowns. But when he finds out they're not warriors, he is just about to beg them to help them until Princess Dot (the seven year old ant princess) is in danger. After they save her, the colony accepts the warrior bugs and Princess Atta (the-soon-to-be-queen) starts falling in-love with Flik. I can't tell you anymore, because that would ruin the story. But, the plot is very good, the score is excellent (like always... Pixar always knows how to do the most beautiful scores!), and the characters were well-developed and original. Even Hopper and Flik aren't the typical "Disney villain" and "Disney hero", which is very refreshing. Another refreshing thing is that Princess Atta isn't protrayed as the typical "damsel in distress". The jokes in it weren't "recycled" or "over-used". And the animation was really well done!! However, I wouldn't recommend this movie to kids 6 and under, because there are some scenes involving the grasshoppers that may be unsettling. And, you know, they have some name-calling that could have been done without: like "moron", "parasite", and "idiot". But, there's no crude humor in the movie like "Shrek". Anyway, to wrap this up, I really do like this movie! If you have not seen it, I really do recommend seeing it... soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pixar has done it again!

    I love this movie! When it came out, I saw it theaters, and when it came out for VHS, I bought it, I even have the DVD! The story focuses on the life of insects and other small creature that live in our own backyard! Just as "Toy Story" described the world of toys, "A Bug's Life" does the same for the world of ants. The protagonist, Flik, is basically an oddball wanting to find his place in the colony but his eccentricities pull him back from his place, or do they? When tyranical grasshoppers invade the colony, it's up to Flik, to discover some warrior bugs to help fight back and win his place in the colony.

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