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A Bug's Life

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Original Air Date:
1998
Channel:
Theatrical
Prod. Co.:
John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton
Genre:
Film
 

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Characters & Voices
Flik - Dave Foley
Hopper - Kevin Spacey
Princess Atta - Julia Louis
Dot - Hayden Panettiere
Queen - Phyllis Diller
Molt - Richard Kind
Slim - David Hyde Pierce
Heimlich - Joe Ranft
Francis - Denis Leary
Manny - Jonathan Harris
Gypsy - Madeline Kahn
Rosie - Bonnie Hunt
Tuck - Michael McShane
Roll - Michael McShane
P.T. Flea - John Ratzenberger
Dim - Brad Garrett
Mr. Soil - Roddy McDowall
Dr. Flora - Edie McClurg
Thorny - Alex Rocco
David Ossman - Cornelius
Voices - Carlos Alazraqui
Voices - Jack Angel
Voices - Bob Bergen
Voices - Kimberly Brown
Voices - Rodger Bumpass
Voices - Anthony Burch
Voices - Jennifer Darling
Voices - Rachel Davey
Voices - Debi Derryberry
Voices - Paul Eiding
Voices - Jessica Evans
Voices - Bill Farmer
Voices - Sam Gifaldi
Voices - Brad Hall
Voices - Jess Harnell
Voices - Brenden Hickey
Voices - Kate Hodges
Voices - Denise Johnson
Voices - David L. Lander
Voices - John Lasseter
Voices - Sherry Lynn
Voices - Mickie McGowan
Voices - Courtland Mead
Voices - Kelsey Mulrooney
Voices - Ryan O'Donohue
Voices - Jeff Pidgeon
Voices - Philip Proctor
Voices - Jan Rabson
Voices - Jordan Ranft
Voices - Brian M. Rosen
Voices - Rebecca Schneider
Voices - Francesca Smith
Voices - Andrew Stanton
Voices - Hannah Swanson
Voices - Russi Taylor
Voices - Travis Tedford
Voices - Ashley Tisdale
Voices - Lee Unkrich
Voices - Jordan Warkol
 
(cgi animation)

Disney/Pixar’s A Bug’s Life may have arrived on the six-legged heels of another celebrity-voiced, all-CGI insect movie, DreamWorks’ Antz, but the similarities stopped there. Antz tried to take animation to a more adult audience-and, to a degree, succeeded-while A Bug’s Life reveled in the joy of kiddie-friendly moviemaking. The follow-up to Disney/Pixar’s pioneering first collaboration, 1995’s Toy Story, A Bug’s Life took computer animation yet another step higher, presenting “an epic of miniature proportions.”

In a world of ant conformists, Flik (voiced by Dave Foley) is a bug with big ideas. He’s an amateur inventor, and his latest gadget will speed up the annual seed harvest immeasurably. Unfortunately, the invention goes haywire, and the entire year’s harvest is lost to the river. That’s especially bad news, because those seeds were earmarked as a tribute to the menacing, scavenging grasshoppers, led by the evil Hopper (Kevin Spacey). When Hopper and his clan show up to find the food all gone, they demand an even bigger tribute, so large that the ants themselves will be left without supplies for the winter.

The ants gloomily set out to gather, but Flik has another bright idea: If they can find a band of warrior bugs, they can end the grasshoppers’ tyranny once and for all. The Queen (Phyllis Diller) and her daughter, Princess Atta (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) think it’s a suicidal idea, but if it’ll get Flik out of the colony, they’re all for it. Flik latches onto a dandelion puff and floats his way toward the “big city,” where he mistakes a crew of disgruntled circus performers-walking stick Slim (David Hyde Pierce), masculine ladybug Francis (Denis Leary), mystical butterfly Gypsy (Madeline Kahn), tubby worrywart caterpillar Heimlich (Joe Ranft) and others-for genuine warriors. The “warriors” think it’s just another show, but when the truth comes out, it’s clear that teamwork is the only way to survive the looming grasshopper onslaught.

Lively, fast and funny, A Bug’s Life also featured one of the most memorable closing credit sequences in movie history. Spoofing the blooper outtakes at the end of live-action comedies like The Cannonball Run and Liar Liar, A Bug’s Life ran its own “outtakes”-planned bloopers such as flubbed lines, slips and falls, characters breaking wind, and Flik’s yelling the Toy Story catchphrase, “To infinity and beyond!” After one month in release, Disney added a second set of “goofs” to the credits, encouraging audiences to come back for a second and third viewing.

They did, as A Bug’s Life became one of the biggest hits of the year, far surpassing its DreamWorks predecessor. The “outtakes” themselves became a sort of mini-tradition, popping up again in Disney/Pixar’s next project, Toy Story 2.
 
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