A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life

John Lasseter (1998)

U Certificate


Our Score
This follow-up to the ground-breaking Toy Story from director John Lasseter may have less-beguiling characters than Woody and Buzz Lightyear, but the computer-animated effects are if anything even more wondrous. Here the action centres on an ant colony where clumsy worker Flik (voiced by Dave Foley) accidentally destroys the grain that's regularly offered to appease a band of hostile grasshoppers led by the bullying Hopper (a superb characterisation by Kevin Spacey). As the colony struggles to find twice as much grain, Flik employs a flea circus of colourful eccentrics to do battle with the grasshoppers. The result is a witty variation on The Seven Samurai, filled with verdant art - and heart. It may lack the social message of the similarly themed Antz, which appeared the same year, but this is just as entertaining.


Well-meaning ant Flik lands his colony in trouble when he accidentally disposes of an offering meant for a swarm of greedy grasshoppers - who promptly promise a horrible revenge. Faced with the imminent destruction of the anthill, he sets out to save the situation by enlisting the help of a few would-be heroes - an out-of-work troupe of bugs from a low-rent flea circus. Pixar animation, with the voices of Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Cast & Crew

Flik Dave Foley
Hopper Kevin Spacey
Princess Atta Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Queen Phyllis Diller
Slim David Hyde Pierce
Francis Denis Leary
Gypsy Madeline Kahn
Mr Soil Roddy McDowall
PT Flea John Ratzenberger
Director John Lasseter
Director Andrew Stanton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UKAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama Children's