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An epic of miniature proportions. |An Epic Presentation of Miniature Proportions.
"The best ant colony movie of the year. Janet Maslin, New York Times
|Journey inside the miniature world of bugs for bigger-than-life fun and adventure under every leaf! Crawling with imaginative characters, hilarious laughs and colorful, lifelike computer animation, Disney and Pixar's A Bug's Life will "delight everyone -- young, old or six-legged." (People Magazine)|
On behalf of "oppressed bugs everywhere," an inventive ant named Flik hires "warrior bugs" to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by Hopper. But when Flik's cavalry turns out to be a ragtag group of flea circus performers, the stage is set for comic confusion...as well as unlikely heroes!
"It's antastic! Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
"Makes jaunty, imaginative use of both extraordinary technology and bold storytelling possibilities within the insect world. Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
"All-embracing -- funny and silly and tender, full of fun scares and endless sight gags. Jeff Giles, Newsweek
"Smashing family entertainment...loaded with clever sight gags and colorful, engaging supporting characters. Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club
"One of the great movies -- a triumph of storytelling and character development... Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"...as a comprehensive vision of computerized moviemaking, Pixar's dream works. And when A Bug's Life hits its stride, it's antastic. Richard Corliss, Time
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 can't 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 Kurosawa's classic SEVEN SAMURAI.) And don't miss the wonderful "outtakes" that roll with the closing credits!
A Bug's Life - DVD Review
By: Christopher Null
filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 5/8/2009 5:39 PM
Disney/Pixar's remake of, ironically, Three Amigos!, is redone with bugs and animated via computer. When meanie grasshoppers (headed by Kevin Spacey) threaten the anthill, well-intentioned clutz Flik (Dave Foley) goes on a crusade to find help. He ends up recruiting a bunch of circus performers instead of real heroes to help the cause. Wacky hijinks ensue. It's a good story (though not as deep as Antz), has genuinely funny characters (much funnier than Antz), and is certainly good for the whole family (unlike Antz altogether)....read the full review
Cast & Crew
||Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Original Musical or Comedy Score
Golden Globe (1999)
||Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Original Motion Picture Score
British Academy Awards (2000)
||Bill Reeves, et. al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
||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
Golden Globe (1999)
||Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Original Score - Motion Picture
||Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score
Sight and Sound
"...Tightly constructed....The script has fun playing with our common knowledge of insects..."
"...A hellzapoppin creature-feature jamboree..." -- Rating: B
"...Rowdier than a New Year's Eve party..."-- 4 out of 4 stars
New York Times
"...A BUG'S LIFE makes jaunty, imaginative use of both extraordinary technology and bold storytelling possibilities within the insect world..."
"...Lasseter brilliantly exploits the material for both laughs and pathos, while pushing the technological parameters of computer animation even beyond the already impressive feat of TOY STORY..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Los Angeles Times
"...[A BUG'S LIFE has] an unfettered imagination....This footloose humor comes from both the writing and the direction..."
"[T]he SEVEN SAMURAI-like story provides a solid framework for stunning animation and winning characters, including Dave Foley's nice work in the lead."
4 stars out of 5 -- "Offering colourful eye-candy for tots and in-jokes galore for adults, its clarity of purpose boils the Pixar template to near-abstract purity."
Wall Street Journal
"[T]his animated fable teems with vivid creatures standing on their own countless feet."
Time Magazine 0 of 10
...In conspiratorial hindsight one might see A Bug's Life, the first feature from John Lasseter and his Pixar whizzes since their 1995 computer-generated hit Toy Story, as the company's rearview metaphor for its battle with DreamWorks' Antz. That similar computer-animated cartoon was conceived after the Pixar pic but released before it. It's bug-eat-bug in Hollywood's animation wars. Is there room for two? Yes, when the "second" movie is as rich and rewarding as A Bug's Life. Its design work is so stellar--a wide-screen Eden of leaves and labyrinths populated by dozens of ugly, buggy, cuddly cutups--that it makes the DreamWorks film seem, by comparison, like radio. If that movie was Ant-Z, this one is Ant-A... But as Walt Disney knew, animation is more than sublime trickery; the word means giving life. With a different kind of mouse, Lasseter does just that as his film finds its heat and heart. The plot matures handsomely; the characters neatly converge and combust; the gags pay off with emotional resonance. And at the end, the movie tops itself with comic outtakes, undoubtedly the funniest finale of any cartoon feature. Antz may have amused viewers with its sidewise wit, but as a comprehensive vision of computerized moviemaking, Pixar's dream works. And when A Bug's Life hits its stride, it's antastic.
- Richard Corliss
Box Office Magazine 0 of 10
A handful of cursory similarities to Dreamorks' Antz notwithstanding, Disney's long-awaited A Bug's Life emerges as the clear winner of the computer-generated insect competition. Funnier, flashier, more colorful and imaginative, better animated and, most importantly, better written, this second collaboration from Disney and Bay Area-based animation studio Pixar is a festive delight sure to please adults and children of all ages. Like the first Disney/Pixar effort, Toy Story, A Bug's Life succeeds by creating a breathtakingly comprehensive world in miniature and imposing upon it a meticulously well-scripted concept... As he did with Toy Story, director John Lassiter brilliantly exploits the material for both laughs and pathos, while pushing the technological parameters of computer animation even beyond the already impressive feat of Toy Story. Similarities with Antz, of course, are certain to plague the film to a small degree: Both films deal with individualistic misfit ants whose courage in seeking the experience of the outside world enables them to save the colony and win the affections of the colony's princess (voiced here by Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who in the process is able to ascend nobly to the throne of her mother, the Queen (Phyllis Diller). The particulars of the two films, however, are so radically different as to be beyond comparison. Whereas Antz centers on the political machinations of the ant colony, A Bug's Life casts a wider focus on the world of all insects--a wiser and more interesting choice. Minus Antz's occasionally raw humor, A Bug's Life is also better suited to family viewing, with its splendid cast of bizarre and charming bugs perfectly pitched to capitalize on a holiday marketing bonanza.
- Wade Major
ReelViews 9 of 10
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.
- James Berardinelli
Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
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 '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.
- Roger Ebert