A BUG'S LIFE
After soaring to "infinity and beyond" with the landmark 1995 computer-animated feature, "Toy Story," Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios zoom down to earth and below for an exciting new adventure filled with fun and fantasy with their groun
After soaring to "infinity and beyond" with the landmark
1995 computer-animated feature, "Toy Story," Walt Disney
Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios zoom down to earth and below
for an exciting new adventure filled with fun and fantasy with
their groundbreaking second feature - "A Bug's Life."
With its unique blend of outrageous comedy, heartwarming characters
and dazzling visual displays, this "epic of miniature proportions"
unfolds in a fantastic never-before-seen world populated by bugs
of every shape and size. Adding to the excitement, the film is
presented in spectacular wide-screen CinemaScope to fully capture
the scope and scale of the story and its setting.
A Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios
film, "A Bug's Life" was directed by Pixar's John Lasseter,
a two-time Oscar-winner and one of the leading pioneers in computer
animation. He received a special achievement Academy Award, in
1996 for "his inspired leadership of the Pixar 'Toy Story'
team resulting in the first feature-length computer animated film."
"Toy Story" was also the first animation screenplay
to ever be nominated in the best screenplay written directly for
the screen category. Andrew Stanton, a Pixar veteran who received
an Oscar nomination as one of "Toy Story's" screenwriters,
was the co-director of "A Bug's Life." Stanton also
conceived the original story along with Lasseter and Joe Ranft
and wrote the screenplay in collaboration with Donald McEnery
& Bob Shaw ("Hercules"). The film was produced
by Darla Anderson and Kevin Reher. Acclaimed composer/songwriter
Randy Newman, who had previously worked with the filmmakers on
"Toy Story," wrote an epic score for the film as well
as the end credit song, "The Time of Your Life."
Using the classic Aesop's fable about the carefree grasshopper
who comes begging for food from a colony of industrious ants as
a point of departure, the creative team has given the traditional
tale a wildly imaginative and irreverent new spin. The result
is an entertaining and original story rich in humor, adventure
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.
"A Bug's Life" is the first feature from Disney/Pixar
Animation Studios since the enormous critical and commercial success
of "Toy Story," which became a worldwide phenomenon,
grossing $360 million at the worldwide box office and selling
more than 22 million videocassettes in the U.S. alone. In 1997,
Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO of Pixar, formalized and<
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