A Bug's Life (1998)

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Director: John Lasseter
Cast: Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, others (voices)


A colony of ants works hard to pay tribute to the idle grasshoppers until one of them meets an insect circus troupe and, coming to the wrong conclusions, has an inspiration for how to repel their antagonists.

The Review

Not many bugs in sight really; in subject matter it's not that far removed from the very contemporaneous Antz, though with a more vibrantly coloured tone and less humour of appeal to adults. Nevertheless it's lively entertaining stuff in the Toy Story vein and the grasshoppers make great villains, while the circus troupe, like the earlier toys, add plenty of personality to the otherwise dangerously bland moralising contained in the ants' predicament.