A Bug's Life

Release Date: November 25th, 1998

DVD Release Date: April 20th, 1999

G |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

Flik (Dave Foley) is an inventive ant who's always messing things up for his colony. His latest mishap was destroying the food stores 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.

Cast: Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, Phyllis Diller, Richard Kind, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Ranft

Director: John Lasseter , Andrew Stanton

Genres: Children , Fantasy , Animated

Production Co: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

Keywords: 1990s, Amusing, Endearing, Witty, Underdog, Lighthearted, Rescue, Friendship, Bar, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    One of the great movies -- a triumph of storytelling and character development, and a whole new ballgame for computer animation. Pixar Animation Studios has raised the genre to an astonishing new level. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    A Bug's Life, like “Toy Story,” develops protagonists we can root for, and places them in the midst of a fast-moving, energetic adventure. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The story, about an ant colony that frees itself from slavery to grasshoppers, is similar in some ways to the autumn's other big animated release, "Antz," but it's aimed at a broader audience and lacks the in-jokes. show more

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Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Music or Comedy Score)