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A Bug's Life Details


[[Performer~P202358~John Lasseter~johnlasseter]], director of Pixar's movie phenomenon [[Feature~V132294~Toy Story~toystory]], has set new standards in computer animation with this effort, another Disney-released children's epic entitled A Bug's Life. Blending classic Disney storytelling characters and the mysterious underground world of bugs, [[Performer~P202358~Lasseter~johnlasseter]] has created a film that can be enjoyed by all audiences, and another franchise in the process. A Bug's Life is a computerized retelling of the [[Performer~P315276~Aesop~aesop]] fable The Ant and the Grasshopper, made as a cartoon-short by the one-and-only, [[Performer~P87871~Walt Disney~waltdisney]], in the mid-'30s. However, A Bug's Life has modernized the story with many new twists and celebrity voices. The story focuses on a colony of ants who seasonally gather food for themselves and a wild gang of rowdy grasshoppers. When bumbling worker ant Flik ([[Performer~P24071~David Foley~davefoley]]) destroys the food supply, the angry grasshoppers, lead by the maniacally warped Hopper ([[Performer~P67045~Kevin Spacey~kevinspacey]]), threaten to kill the ants if they don't produce a new supply of food by the time they return -- an impossible feat. Flik leaves the anthill in search of help in the form of bigger bugs, and to wage war against the grasshoppers. What he doesn't know is he has actually discovered a group of down-on-their-luck traveling circus insects in need of a job. When the ants realize that their heroes are really circus performers (and the circus bugs realize these grasshoppers are really big and mean), the situation goes from bad to worse. Ultimately, the ants use their large numbers to overcome the grasshoppers. ~ Chris Gore, Rovi

  • Release date:November 14, 1998


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randy Newman Best Musical or Comedy Score 1998 Nominee


Dave Foley
as Flik
Kevin Spacey
as Hopper
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
as Princess Atta
Hayden Panettiere
as Dot
Phyllis Diller
as Queen
Richard Kind
as Molt
David Hyde Pierce
as Slim
Joe Ranft
as Heimlich
Denis Leary
as Francis
Jonathan Harris
as Manny
Madeline Kahn
as Gypsy
Bonnie Hunt
as Rosie
Michael McShane
as Tuck & Roll
John Ratzenberger
as P.T. Flea
Brad Garrett
as Dim
Roddy McDowall
as Mr. Soil
Edie McClurg
as Dr. Flora
Alex Rocco
as Thorny
David Ossman
as Cornelius
Ashley Tisdale
as Lead Blueberry Scout
Kelsey Mulrooney
Christina Milian


John Lasseter
Andrew Stanton
Kevin Reher
Darla K. Anderson
Bob Shaw
Donald McEnery
Joe Ranft
Screen Story
Andrew Stanton
Screen Story
Andrew Stanton
John Lasseter
Screen Story
Sharon Calahan
Randy Newman
Composer (Music Score)
William Cone
Production Designer
Tia W. Kratter
Art Director
Bob Pauley
Art Director
Gary Rydstrom
Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Lambert
Pete Docter
Storyboard Artist
Lee Unkrich
Supervising Editor
Andrew Stanton