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A Bug's Life [Blu-ray]

Phyllis Diller , Dave Foley , John Lasseter , Sharon Calahan    G (General Audience)   Blu-ray
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Experience the astonishing world of Flik and his tiny friends like never before as the magic of Pixar animation springs to life with new crystal-clear picture and amazing theater-quality sound on Disney Blu-ray Hi-Def! Embark on an incredible journey with one little ant as he searches for a brave band of warriors to help him battle the bullying grasshoppers who threaten his home. When he stumbles on a bumbling troupe of circus bugs instead, their only hope for victory is the bond of friendship and the awesome power of imagination. Crawling with fun-loving characters and featuring a star-studded voice cast, this epic film of miniature proportions is a "triumph of storytelling," says the San Francisco Chronicle. Plus, with all-new bonus features created exclusively for Disney Blu-ray, including a DisneyFile Digital Copy of the movie, A BUG'S LIFE will keep the whole family buzzing for hours!

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There was such a magic on the screen in 1995 when the people at Pixar came up with the first fully computer-animated film, Toy Story. Their second feature film, A Bug's Life, may miss the bull's-eye but Pixar's target is so lofty, it's hard to find the film anything less than irresistible.

Brighter and more colorful than the other animated insect movie of 1998 (Antz), A Bug's Life is the sweetly told story of Flik (voiced by David Foley), an ant searching for better ways to be a bug. His colony unfortunately revolves around feeding and fearing the local grasshoppers (lead by Hopper, voiced with gleeful menace by Kevin Spacey). When Flik accidentally destroys the seasonal food supply for the grasshoppers he decides to look for help ("We need bigger bugs!"). The ants, led by Princess Atta (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), are eager to dispose of the troublesome Flik. Yet he finds help--a hearty bunch of bug warriors--and brings them back to the colony. Unfortunately they are just traveling performers afraid of conflict.

As with Toy Story, the ensemble of creatures and voices is remarkable and often inspired. Highlights include wiseacre comedian Denis Leary as an un-ladylike ladybug, Joe Ranft as the German-accented caterpillar, David Hyde Pierce as a stick bug, and Michael McShane as a pair of unintelligible pillbugs. The scene-stealer is Atta's squeaky-voiced sister, baby Dot (Hayden Panettiere), who has a big sweet spot for Flik.

More gentle and kid-friendly than Antz, A Bug Life's still has some good suspense and a wonderful demise of the villain. However, the film--a giant worldwide hit--will be remembered for its most creative touch: "outtakes" over the end credits à la many live-action comedy films. These dozen or so scenes (both "editions" of outtakes are contained here) are brilliant and deserve a special place in film history right along with 1998's other most talked-about sequence: the opening Normandy invasion in Saving Private Ryan.

The video also contains Pixar's delightful Oscar-winning short, Geri's Game. Box art varies. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Rate Of Progress Continues Nov. 19 2002
Format:DVD
PIXAR is a truly innovative company that is literally redefining what can be accomplished with computer animation. The company has a much longer history than many are aware of, they were once part of George Lucas's empire before the company was sold and then taken public by Steve Jobs of Apple fame.
"Bug's Life", is my favorite full-length film from PIXAR although there are individual character creations from other films like, "Monsters Inc.", that also rate amongst their best computer generated thespians. This film has a great story, and great performances from a host of players including Kevin Spacey, Kevin Foley as Flick, and Phyllis Diller as The Ant Queen. The list continues with Denis Leary, Madeline Kahn, and Roddy McDowall as Mr. Soil.
The extras that are included on the disc are almost worth the cost of the disc alone. Both sets of, "outtakes", are included, and these provide some of the best moments of humor in the film. They are so well done; you get a similar feeling of seeing an actor in a traditional film making an error as opposed to just a computerized character. The fact that these characters don't exist, either means that I get a bit too lost in these films, or PIXAR is that good. I tend to believe it's the latter.
One of the more notable experiences was watching the film short, "Geri's Game", once again. When this was first released in 1997 the realism that was presented was almost hard to believe. Now only 5 years later it not only shows its age, certain aspects look like nothing more than well drawn cartoons. The trees in, "A Bug's Life", can pass for the real item, in the short film, the idea of realism for the trees never occurs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun New Classic From Disney July 11 2004
By Liz
Format:VHS Tape
As always, Pixar delivered a breath taking experience when they brought us A Bug's Life. While not overly realistic, the animation is bright and rich and incredibly detailed. The colours and textures suck you into their world.
The movie features a nice mix of humor and excitement. Some moments are full of suspense and tension.
The voice actors do a great job, particularly Kevin Spacey as the villain Hopper. He's truly menacing! When the voice talents are combined with Pixar's fabulous job of giving natural movements and mannerisms to each different species of insect the mix creates very believable characters.
As per usual Disney style there is a great moral to be learned through the story, about the importance of standing up for yourself, and how one small person truly can change the world.
The only drawback of the movie is that the characters are relatively shallow and underdeveloped when compared to Disney's usual level of complexity. However, when you consider that this film is based off of the fable "The Ant and the Grasshopper" it puts things into perspective and you appreciate how much imagination and creativity actually went into this project. The end result is highly entertaining and sure to be a classic in generations to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love them bugs July 12 2004
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Those Pixar folk are amazing. Not only do they make an excellent movie, but they complement it with a first rate package of extras, especially the outtakes and the movie short "Geri's Game". The two-disc Collector's Editions are worth waiting for, and you will find yourself playing the second disc as often as the first.
This innovative take on the old fable "The Ant and the Grasshopper" teaches us a few important lessons:
1. There's a clumsy nerd who wants to be a hero in every colony
2. Phyllis Diller is an old queen
3. David Hyde Pierce is stiff
4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is neurotic and can't dance
5. Grasshoppers live it up in Mexican joints during the Summer
6. German caterpillars are funny, and so are pill-bugs.
7. Ladybirds may not be ladies
8. Birds can be flammable
9. An ant may look at a queen
10. Don't stir up an ants nest
To maintain good family relations, you should allow your kids to watch this movie too.
Amanda Richards July 13, 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a Few Notches Below Finding Nemo July 10 2004
Format:DVD
This film was originally released in 1998, but I didn't actually see it until a few months ago. Simply put, it's Pixar doing what they do best. A widely caried and excellent cast of characters, a simple but elaborately executed plot, and of course, the rendition of a half a dozen themes that run universal throughout our lives.
Essentially, a mild and nerdy ant known as Flic accidentally destroys the entire food supply of his ant colony. Of course, the food was not for them; it was their yearly offering to the grasshoppers. As a result, the grasshoppers decree that the ants can spend the remainder of summer gathering it all again. Hopper, the ingenius and menacing leader, notes that Flic stands up to him for one brief moment, and this becomes pivotal later. I won't say any more past there, only that there are plenty of intriguing twists to keep things interesting.
Overall, this movie bears an obvious resemblance to Finding Nemo. First of all, both movies involve the creation and manipulation of a natural environment and its inhabitants. Second, they both involve unlikely heroes (A bumbling ant and a fearful clownfish). Third, both are at a standard of quality that the animation world has never before seen.
Honestly, Kevin Spacey's portrayal of Hopper is reason enough to see A Bug's Life. (I could say the same thing about Albert Brooks' portrayal of Marlin in Finding Nemo.) However, the movie offers much more in the long run, and the special features are deep and surprisingly un-boring. The director's commentary of this movie and other Pixar films is much, much more entertaining than most movies. I credit a lot of that to Andrew Stanton, but the guys just have a creative knack to them that makes their ideas and comments brilliant.
Recommended to all fans of animation, all lovers of Pixar, and all those with good taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
kids love it
Published 1 month ago by J. cassan
4.0 out of 5 stars Children will Love it
Very good feature for young children and enough adult humor to keep parents entertained for the length of the film.
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars Might be the best animation movie ever made!
I saw this when I was about 6 years old. That movie marked my childhood and I can't wait to show this to my future children. This is clearly worth the money. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marc
4.0 out of 5 stars Bugs life
The Bugs life DVD Arrived in time for birthday, a couple of scratches, but works just fine. Thanks a bunch!
Published 19 months ago by mbax
5.0 out of 5 stars XMAS Gift
I bought this for my grand daughter as a gift and i watched it myself.I had previously watched it and found it to be very well done and it really hit my funny bone.I loved it.
Published 21 months ago by Garth Curwin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bug's Life
Many people forget about the bugs, but this little remembered gem was actually Pixar's second release. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2012 by Scoopriches
5.0 out of 5 stars It was really fun to watch
As always Pixar has good movies. I liked the story and think it was really worth the price, and fun for someone of any age to watch.
Published on July 20 2010 by Duchess
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie - Disappointing DVD quality
5 Stars for the movie.
1 Star for the "Collector's Edition 2-Disc Set" DVD release.

For some reason Disney decided to put both the widescreen AND fullscreen... Read more
Published on July 25 2007 by lechuan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bugs Life
I think that this movie was extremely creative and exciting. It was very unpredictable. The protaganist Flick was a character that has made a difference in my life because he had... Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Elephant
1.0 out of 5 stars This earned 0 stars with me
This movie is soooooo overly boring. I've watched it only two times (well, I couldn't even sit through it the second time. Read more
Published on April 13 2004
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