A BUG'S LIFE
DAVE FOLEY (Flik) is the charismatic, comical and eternally optimistic voice behind a brave little ant who has mighty big plans for saving his colony
DAVE FOLEY (Flik) is the charismatic, comical and eternally
optimistic voice behind a brave little ant who has mighty big
plans for saving his colony. Even when the going gets tough,
this resourceful-but-misguided ant risks everything and keeps
his hopes high despite some major setbacks and the prevailing
perception that he is a failure.
"Getting the part of Flik has been a geek dream come true,"
confesses Foley. "The script was very funny and I came in
to read for it because I really wanted to meet the guys that did
'Toy Story.' I was just blown away by that film. I didn't actually
expect them to hire me but I guess that's the risk I took. Seriously,
I was shocked when I got the part and I wondered if perhaps there
had been some mishandling or mislabeling of the tapes. I'm giddy
just to be involved in something like this. They're a great group
of people and they've really pushed for quality every step of
"You start to feel like an idiot when you're recording a
voice for an animated film," continues Foley. "All
you hear is your own irritating honking voice over and over again.
It's a very unnatural thing to be doing. And then you look at
the animation and there's so much charm and character put into
the movement and the facial expressions. The way they detail
it and articulate the face is amazing."
The experience of doing the voice of an animated ant has been
a life-changing one for the comedian/actor. "I've always
had a great respect for bugs," notes Foley, "but now
I'm financially indebted to them. So that's a bit of a change
in attitude. I never thought I'd make money off of the insect
Foley currently stars in the NBC television comedy series "NewsRadio."
Born and raised in Toronto, he attended alternative high schools
where he began writing stand-up comedy for a creative writing
project. His interest in improving those comedic skills led him
to comedy workshops where he met and teamed with Kevin McDonald
and Luc Casmiri's improvisational troupe, Kids in the Hall.
Working as theater ushers in a downtown art house cinema, Foley
and McDonald dreamed of the day they would make their living doing
comedy. In 1984, Foley and McDonald joined forces with Mark McKinney
and Bruce McCulloch ("The Audience") and then took on
Scott Thompson to complete the "expanded" Kids in the
The Kids in the Hall quickly gained a following and in 1987 the
group shot its first television special for the Canadian Broadcasting
Company and HBO. Foley's dream of becoming a professional comedian
came to life, and Foley and McDonald's absurdist humor earned
the team an Emmy for writing and performing on their American
television series, "Kids in the Hall."
He attributes most of his interest in the performing arts to
such stellar role models as Frank Zappa, Jerry Lewis, the Marx
brothers, Buster Keaton and Monty Python.
His most recent film credits include the movies "The Wrong
Guy," which he co-wrote with Dave Higgins ("Ellen")
and filmed in his hometown of Toronto; "Hacks" and the
feature film "Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy." He will
next appear in "Blast From the Past" and "Dick,"
both of which will be released in 1999.
Additionally, he starred as astronaut Al Bean in the Emmy nominated
HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon," produced
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