A Bug’s Life (1998) animated, movie – USA

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Adventure, comedy, family, fantasy
Duration 95min
Rated G
Score 6
Directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
Writers John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft, Don McEnery, Bob Shaw
Voices Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, Phyllis, Diller, Richard Kind, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Ranft, Denis Leary, Jonathan Harris, Madeline Kahn, Bonnie Hunt, Michael McShane, John Ratzenberger, Brad Garrett, Roddy McDowall, Edie McClurg, Alex Rocco, David Ossman, David L Lander, Ashley Tisdale


Flik is an inventive ant whose inventions always go wrong. After one of his inventions hoes wrong, he travels to the city to find some strong bugs to save his colony from the grasshoppers, but the bugs he brings back turn out to be circus performers.


So because of all the talk I’ve noticed comparing this to Antz, I felt the need to watch both. The basic stories are the same. An ant that doesn’t follow the status quo has to save the colony while a love blooms between him and the princess. I understand why people like this more. It’s colourful and fun. But I still prefer Antz. Yes, the colours a more muted, but everything, including the romance, is more realistic.

Flik doesn’t really grow at all. The princess, who knew Flik before, and obviously at the very least disliked him, and it doesn’t make sense that she would just suddenly fall for him. The creators didn’t seem to know much about ants so the queen just ran around with the ant equivalent of a dog and didn’t seem to give birth often. Even the baddies are annoying and just want the ants to remember that they’re weaker.


So… it’s fun, so recommended for that.




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