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A misfit young ant named Flik tries to save his colony from a
greedy gang of grasshoppers and their evil leader Hopper. Flik's
attempts at heroism seem headed for disaster when the troop of
bugs he enlists turn out to be a motley bunch of performers from
a flea circus.
Animated - A Bug's Life is an inventive, energetic family film from the creators
of the hit film Toy Story. It is likely to appeal to viewers
of almost every age, with fast-paced action and physical humor for
younger viewers and intelligent, satirical humor for adults. Virtually
no content would be objectionable for children of any age. Fans of
Disney's better family films will almost certainly enjoy the film,
which is rich enough in content to warrant multiple viewings.
A Bug's Life deserves better than to be labeled "that other computer-animated
bug movie," or "the latest from the makers of Toy Story." Films with this
much energy, wit and imagination are too uncommon to diminish this one
with such easy comparisons. This tale of an ant colony trying to free
itself from the enslavement of grasshopper overlords is stunning to look at,
hilariously funny after a sluggish opening, and wonderfully paced and
plotted. With a great collection of characters and voice talent, A
Bug's Life soars and delights on its own merits, all comparisons aside.
Life is no picnic for the ants on Ant Island! Each summer, a
gang of greedy grasshoppers - led by the menacing and manipulative
Hopper - descends upon the colony to demand a hefty portion of
the ants' hard-earned harvest and generally make life miserable
for this peaceful community. Our hero Flik, an original thinker
out of step with the rest of the more traditionally minded colony,
takes it upon himself to get outside help and mistakenly enlists
an unemployed troupe of bug performers from a second-rate flea
circus to join the fight against the grasshoppers. Working together
in their new-found friendship, the ants and the circus bugs prepare
for a climactic confrontation with the grasshoppers. When Flik's
plan starts to unravel, the action and comedy turn fast and furious
as he attempts to save the colony and his reputation.