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Still shot from the movie: A Bug’s Life.

A Bug’s Life

Flik (Dave Foley), an overzealous ant, tries to take his hill into the future with some new technological gimmicks. But instead of speeding up their annual harvest, the visionary inventor gets the colony in trouble with a group of bullying grasshoppers. Now he must think up his most innovative plan ever to save his fellow insects from destruction. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: --
Run Time: Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Theater Release: 13 Nov 1998
Video Release: 26 May 2003
MPAA Rating: G
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Comparing Disney’s A Bug’s Life to DreamWorks’ Antz is unavoidable, because both were released within months of each other. (In fact the two films have so much in common, you have to wonder if the studios weren’t “bugging” each other’s offices!) A family of children gets a bug’s eye view in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. A young boy finds out what life is like in the hill in the movie The Ant Bully.

Home Video Extra Features

DVD Release Date: 27 May 2003

With as many bonus extras as ants in a hill, A Bug’s Life comes to DVD in a collector’s edition. Director John Lasseter, co-director/co-writer Andrew Stanton and supervising film editor Lee Unkrich provide audio commentary. Pixar presents its Academy Award-winning animated short Geri’s Game. The film’s background is extensively excavated with an early presentation reel called Fleabie, the original story treatment and pitch boards, character designs, concept art and color script, as well as production tests. Unearth the behind-the-scenes secrets with featurettes on the creation of A Bug’s Life, a look at the voice talent, the technical details on how the movie was recomposed from its original widescreen presentation to a full frame presentation for home video release, the demonstration of production progressions, a discussion with sound engineer Gary Rydstrom, and a storyboard-to-final film split-screen comparison. For fun viewers can access A Bug’s Land activity games and deleted sequences. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English.

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