A Bug’s Life (1998)

The film follows a colony of antz that annually have to collect a mountain of food in offering to an army of grass hoppers. Everything goes fine until Flick (Dave Folley) accidentally destroys the mountain of food, so the colony send him away. He believes that he has been sent away to find warrior bugs to help fight off the grass hoppers but what he finds is a bunch of circus bugs.

This isn’t Pixar’s best, but it does undoubtedly have the excellence and charm that Pixar all ways manage to bring to the screen.

Like most Pixar films the dialogue is unbelievably genius and most of the jokes are so smart that you know this film isn’t just for kids. For example some of the slap stick is hilarious but so is the dialogue in equal measures.

The film may not feature a star studded cast like Antz (for example) did. But that doesn’t stop it from being superb. But like most films this is one where the villain steals the show. He may not be as funny or charming as the good guys but Kevin Spacey as Hopper is outstandingly fun to watch.

The only real flaw in the film is that none of the characters really think obviously. I know it sounds harsh considering it is a kids film but usually you can see the logic behind the characters thoughts. But with this you kind of feel that the characters are disagreeing just for the sake of plot.

What Pixar do excel at is taking the simplest of concepts and  making a superb genius idea out of it. The fact that this film is genuinly about antz and other bugs. But really its about standing up against a greater evil. But like most kids films you do know through out that the bad guys will inevitably lose but its always fun to see how.

Obviously the raining scene is just Pixar showing off but there animation skills are unbelievable.  Obviously they’ve come along way since 1998 but compared to Toy Story in 1995 this is truly inspiring.


It’s highly unrealistic.

Geri’s Game the beautifully simple short that accompanies the film. But it’s strange how an old man can create an imaginary friend, play chess against him and then win an Oscar for best short film. But if you make a full length film about a young man with an imaginary friend that he genuinely fist fights with, you don’t even get a nomination.

Best Line in the Film:“Shutting Up”. Richard Kind’s weak reaction to Kevin Spacey’s bad ass villain.


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