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Great Pixar gem

on 6/6/2012

This tale is not nearly as well known as some of the other Pixar CGI movies, but it is every bit as good. There is surprising humor and some breathtaking animation, as we see both the large scale world and small scale picture of the bugs in brilliant detail.

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The computer animation crew at Pixar-the creators of Toy Story-return with another feature rife with stunningly rendered worlds populated by cute critters you cant help but care about. The story is simple - an ant colony led by Flik (Dave Foley) seeks help from a flea circus and other insects in their struggles against the oppressive grasshopper bullies led by Hopper (Kevin Spacey). However as with Toy Story there is as much for adults to enjoy here as there is for the kids. (In fact the story is loosely based on Akira Kurosawas classic Seven Samural.) And dont miss the wonderful outtakes that roll with the closing credits!.

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Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 210819606
UPC 786936790504
UPC 14 00786936790504
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/19/2009
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Awards
British Academy Awards (2000) Bill Reeves, et. al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Grammy (2000) Randy Newman, Winner, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media,Randy Newman ("The Time of Your Life"), Nominee, Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Oscar (1999) Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score
Golden Globe (1999) Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It's almost a shame that A Bug's Life is debuting so close in the wake of Antz...No matter when the Pixar/Disney production reached theaters, comparisons between the two computer-animated insect movies would be inevitable...Fortunately, A Bug's Life can withstand the scrutiny. Despite a number of similarities to Antz, there are enough variations in plot and tone to warrant another visit to the unique and wondrous world existing beneath the blades of grass...One thing A Bug's Life has that Antz does not is a ingenious series of end credits. Instead of just the latest lame Randy Newman song warbling over scrolling names, we are presented with a collection of mocked-up outtakes that parody the kinds of flubs and goofs which have come to decorate the credits of numerous comedies. It's brilliant in both conception and execution, and one could make a solid case that the last three minutes of A Bug's Life are its best. I wouldn't go that far, but this is definitely a movie when it's a good idea not to run for the exit as soon as the story ends...Pixar is the studio that first brought a full-length computer-generated feature to the screen with 1995's Toy Story, and, by adding A Bug's Life to their resume, they have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with not only in the realm of animated films, but in that of family entertainment in general...Co-directors John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton understand that every story, even one with such an intense focus on visual elements, begins with a script and characters. 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. And, while Antz and A Bug's Life each work well enough on their own, they are best when seen in concert, if only to compare and contrast the fine craft evident in such top-notch examples of family entertainment.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review As ants struggle to gather morsels of food, a leaf falls and interrupts their procession. "I'm lost!" screams a worker in panic. "Where's the line?" Rescue workers quickly arrive: "We are going around to the left!" The harvest continues. "This is nothing compared to the twig of '93," an ant observes...Enjoying this, I enjoyed too the use of animation to visualize a world that could not be seen in live action and could not be created with special effects. Animation contains enormous promise for a new kind of storytelling, freed from reality and gravity, but although the Japanese have exploited that freedom, too many American feature cartoons follow the Disney formula of plucky young heroes and heroines and comic sidekicks...It's a formula that has produced wonderful movies. But the Pixar computer animation studio, a Disney co-producer, broke new ground with "Toy Story" in 1995, and now with "A Bug's Life," it runs free. The story, about an ant colony that frees itself from slavery to grasshoppers, is similar in some ways to the autumn [1998]'s other big animated release, "Antz," but it's aimed at a broader audience and lacks the in-jokes...The film's hero is Flik (voiced by Dave Foley), the smartest ant in the colony (the competition is not fierce). As the other ants labor to pile up "The Offering," a mountain of food for tyrannical grasshoppers, Flik perfects an invention to harvest grain more quickly; he's the Cyrus McCormick of the hymenopterous Formicidae. But he's still basically just an ant; the film is more about the fate of the colony and not so much about individuals like the Woody Allen hero of "Antz."..."Antz" has a more sophisticated sensibility and could play for adults attending by themselves. "A Bug's Life" is more clearly intended as a family film. Smaller children will respond to the threat from the Hoppers and the zaniness of the weird assortment of mercenaries hired by Flik.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Spanish, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, English
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times Makes jaunty, imaginative use of both extraordinary technology and bold storytelling possibilities within the insect world.
Jeff Giles, Newsweek All-embracing -- funny and silly and tender, full of fun scares and endless sight gags.
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club Smashing family entertainment...loaded with clever sight gags and colorful, engaging supporting characters.
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle One of the great movies -- a triumph of storytelling and character development...
Richard Corliss, Time ...as a comprehensive vision of computerized moviemaking, Pixar's dream works. And when A Bug's Life hits its stride, it's antastic.

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