A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life

Blu-ray Disc - 2009
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Journey inside the miniature world of bugs where an ant named Flik hires warrior bugs to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers. Bonus title at end: Geri's game (Academy Award, Best Animated Short, 1997).
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2009.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
ISBN: 9780788896064
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY J BUG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 digital copy.
Alternative Title: Geri's game.


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The insect adaptation of Seven Samurai!

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Great score by Randy Newman.

Jul 31, 2019

Pixar’s second animated feature film, “A Bug’s Life” is a funny and cute story that both kids and adults can enjoy!

Jun 07, 2019

More humorous and directed at kids more than Antz. Has this underlying message/lesson: the powerful rely on the masses for support. Don’t let them oppress you.

Yes, this movie came out a month after Antz. Yes, they both are about ants. The designs are significantly different and the humor, while not nearly as mature, is still pretty solid. Kevin Spacey is great as Hopper.

LPL_WilliamO May 23, 2018

A fun film full of laughs and adventure! Every time I go back to this, I'm amazed by the detail and imagination. I'm always impressed by Pixar.

marycatlyons Apr 30, 2018

This will always be one of my favorites. It's just as good as I remember!

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

A great film and a great introduction to the concept of community, teamwork, and standing up to bullies.

Feb 01, 2017

A Bug’s Life was released in 1998 and directed by John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton. Dave Foley voices Flik, an inventive ant who always seems to be finding a way to get himself and his colony in trouble. When Flik accidentally destroys the food being stored as payment towards grasshopper Hopper (voiced by Kevin Spacey), the ants in the colony are threatened that unless they gather double the food they will face the consequences. Flik goes on a mission to assemble a band of fighters who are willing to defend the colony. This animated fantasy adventure film is a classic amongst children and excellent for any family.
- @Moviecritquer01 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Every year, ants have to give some food to grasshoppers as a tribute, almost like they’re some sort of higher beings. The grasshoppers act superior to the ants and always try to coerce them into this tribute-like thing. However, this time the offering is destroyed, and they have nothing to give the grasshoppers. Luckily, the grasshoppers give them a second chance, but an ant named Flik goes to find someone who can stand up to the grasshoppers. He finds a group of bugs, but they’re not exactly what everyone may have been expecting. Somehow the ants must find a way to either appease the grasshoppers or defeat them before it’s too late.
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oh, this is one of my favourite movies from when I was a kid and there is a really good reason for that. Even my dad always sat down and watched A Bug’s Life with me because it was like a magnet pulling you towards it. It’s so smart how they decided to make a movie from the perspective of a bug, specifically an ant which is so small. We’ve seen books like “Hey Little Ant” but A Bug’s Life takes this little ant on an adventure and provides a really nice view on the lives of bugs. This movie was funny, somewhat realistic in some aspects (concerning the villains) and truly enjoyable. There was a nice message, like standing up for what you know is right (Flik standing up to the grasshoppers) and always finding unique a good thing. I definitely recommend this movie for a family movie night! 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 16, 2016

Heimlich's Choo Choo Train, Lady Bug Boogie, Tuck & Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies, Flik's Flyers: four rides at Disneyland inspired by this film. In the great face off between Dreamwork's Antz and Disney's Bug's Life, I give Bug's Life the greater Disney demographic (3-8 year olds) because it's colourful & not that dark; whereas Antz has a better story and possibly wider audience appeal. Both have excellent soundtracks.

Jun 05, 2015

I think this was definitely one of the better Pixar films! It had really interesting and varied character designs and world building themes, and a great message behind it.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

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.

Nov 05, 2007

Flick an misunderstood "Ant" inventor. Helps save his ant hill from the evil "Hopper" grasshopper with the help of a group of circus bugs


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Jul 25, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The grasshoppers appear scary at times and may frighten some younger viewers.

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