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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.
Very good feature for young children and enough adult humor to keep parents entertained for the length of the film.Published 6 months ago by Christopher Millar
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 morePublished 17 months ago by Marc-Antoine Fortier
The Bugs life DVD Arrived in time for birthday, a couple of scratches, but works just fine. Thanks a bunch!Published 23 months ago by mbax
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 on Jan. 5 2013 by Garth Curwin
Many people forget about the bugs, but this little remembered gem was actually Pixar's second release. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2012 by Scoopriches
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
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