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A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life

John Lasseter (1998)

93min
U Certificate
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Review

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.

Summary

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
Princess Dot Hayden Panettiere
Queen Phyllis Diller
Molt Richard Kind
Slim David Hyde Pierce
Heimlich Joe Ranft
Francis Denis Leary
Manny Jonathan Harris
Gypsy Madeline Kahn
Rosie Bonnie Hunt
Tuck / Roll Micheal McShane
PT Flea John Ratzenberger
Dim Brad Garrett
Mr Soil Roddy McDowall
Doctor Flora Edie McClurg
Thorny Alex Rocco
Cornelius David Ossman
Director John Lasseter
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UK Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

Comedy Childrens Drama

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