A Bug's Life
Cute and clever, "A Bug's Life" is a relatively straight retelling of Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai," except of course that the characters are bugs! Idealistic young ant Flik is a sweet-natured dreamer and inventor. But his innovative thinking makes him an outcast when one of his… More »
Cute and clever, "A Bug's Life" is a relatively straight retelling of Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai," except of course that the characters are bugs! Idealistic young ant Flik is a sweet-natured dreamer and inventor. But his innovative thinking makes him an outcast when one of his inventions goes awry and destroys the food sacrifice that the colony makes annually to a gang of grasshopper hooligans led by the sinister Hopper. Disgraced, Flik is sent to look for "warrior bugs," mercenaries to fight them. What he finds--and hires--are a motley crew of circus bugs including a preening master-thespian mantis, a glamorous gypsy moth, a cranky ladybug, a dimwitted beetle, and sundry other dimwitted, craven troupers. The ant colony is inspired by the troupe and mobilizes, but when they discover that the "warriors" are just circus clowns they lose faith. In the end, of course, Flik and crew save the day and free the colony from the oppressive grasshoppers.« Less
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1998
Disc one. Feature film: Main titles -- Flik's invention -- Red alert -- The grasshoppers arrive -- On trial -- Leaving Ant Island -- Flik's flight -- P.T. Flea's circus -- The city -- Bug Bar -- Flying home -- The warriors arrive -- Official welcome -- "Squish me now" -- A bird attacks -- Francis the hero -- Atta's apology -- Flik's plan -- Building a bird -- Hopper's hideout -- The celebration -- P.T. arrives -- The grasshoppers return -- To the clubhouse -- Dot goes for help -- Turning back -- Grasshopper occupation -- Showtime -- Flik's bird attacks -- Flik vs. Hopper -- Ant battle -- Rain -- Hopper's demise -- Springtime -- End credits/Outtakes (1998) (95 min.); Special features: Audio commentary with John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
Disc two. Special features: Preproduction: "Fleabie" reel [featurette] (8 min.); Story and editorial [featurettes and slide show] (20 min); Research [featurette] (5 min.); Design [slide shows]; Production [featurettes] (24 min.); Sound design [featurettes] (13 min.); Release [featurettes and slide show] (16 min.); Outtakes [featurettes] (8 min.); Geri's Game [Academy Award Winner, Best Animated Short film, 1997] (6 min.); "Finding Nemo" fishy facts [featurette] (1 min.); "A Bug's Land" game [interactive feature]
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; 5.1 Dolby digital surround, 2.0 Dolby stereo, THX-certified; widescreen presentation in 2.35:1 aspect ratio enhanced for 16x9 televisions, or full screen presentation in 1.33:1 aspect ratio reframed for standard televisions
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Flik is an individualist and would-be inventor in a colony of ants — led by Princess Atta and her mother, The Queen — living on a small island in the middle of a creek. Flik is different and always unappreciated because of his inventions causing trouble. The colony is constantly oppressed by a gang of marauding grasshoppers who arrive every season demanding food from the ants. However, when an offering that the ants were putting together to appease the grasshoppers is accidentally knocked into a stream by Flik's latest invention, a harvester device, the grasshoppers demand twice as much food at the end of the season. Given a temporary reprieve by the grasshoppers, the ants pretend to agree to Flik's plan to recruit "warrior bugs" to fight off the grasshoppers. While Flik actually believes in the plan, the other ants see it as a fool's errand to get rid of Flik.
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