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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, Phyllis Diller
  • Directors: Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter
  • Writers: Andrew Stanton, Bob Shaw, David Reynolds, Don McEnery, Geefwee Boedoe
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jan. 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZA9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features

Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Two sets of hilarious outtakes
Pixar's 1997 Academt Award
Winning Geri's Game
Side A: Full Frame - 1.33:1
Side B: WIdescreen - 2.35:1
Language in Dolby Digital 5.1: English
Subtitles: English/English Closed Captioned

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There was a rare magic on the big screen in 1995, when the people at Pixar came up with the first fully computer-animated film, Toy Story, and their second feature film, A Bug's Life, may miss the bull's-eye but Pixar's target is so lofty that it's hard to find the film anything less than irresistible. Brighter and more colourful than the other animated insect movie of 1998 (Antz), A Bug's Life is the sweetly told story of Flik (voiced by David Foley), an ant searching for better ways to be a bug. His colony unfortunately revolves around feeding and fearing the local grasshoppers (lead by Hopper, voiced with gleeful menace by Kevin Spacey). When Flik accidentally destroys the seasonal food supply for the grasshoppers he decides to look for help ("We need bigger bugs!"). The ants, led by Princess Atta (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), are eager to dispose of the troublesome Flik. Yet he finds help--a hearty bunch of bug warriors--and brings them back to the colony. Unfortunately they are just travelling performers, afraid of conflict. As with Toy Story, the ensemble of creatures and voices is remarkable and often inspired. Highlights include wiseacre comedian Denis Leary as an un-ladylike ladybird, Joe Ranft as the German-accented caterpillar, David Hyde Pierce as a stick insect and Michael McShane as a pair of unintelligible woodlice. The scene-stealer is Atta's squeaky-voiced sister, baby Dot (Hayden Panettiere), who has a big soft spot for Flik. More gentle and kid-friendly than Antz, A Bug Life's still has some good suspense and a wonderful demise in store for the villain. However, the film--a worldwide hit--will be remembered for its most creative touch: "outtakes" over the end credits à la many live-action comedy films. These dozen or so scenes (both "editions" of outtakes are contained here) are brilliant and deserve a special place in film history right along with 1998's other most talked-about sequence: the opening Normandy invasion in Saving Private Ryan. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By H. J. E. Devereux on 19 Sept. 2002
Format: DVD
This films one of those gems which seems to play second fiddle in a companies back catalogue. OK so it isn't as reveared as Toy Story 1 or 2 and it did come out just after DreamWorks Antz but it is Pixar at its best. Although with technology moving very fast in digital film-making it may lack some of the fine detail of Sullys hair in Monsters Inc. But take another look.
The SE version has been available in the US for over a year and it has finally arrived in the UK. It is worth a good look, the packaging does let the promotion down somewhat as there is no mention of the informative commentary by the production team. The proof in this well formed pudding is the cast of Bugs and the spot on voice selections. From Kevin Spaceys fantastic bad guy Hopper to Dennis Leary as Francis the male ladybird. Each charater has its own identity which make for a good story.
But talking of Good Stories this is the classic Seven Samuri in Miniature. It you like classic stories then this is what you need. OK its been done before in Battle Beyond the Stars and The Three Amigos but it is a classic story.
The Animation is superb with the detail shining through - the rain sequence, Flick's Dandylion seed flight and the thriving Bug City complete with Gershwinesque music score.
This has the sentiment of Toy Story but with the Sentimentality and fortunately without any songs - HURRAH! Randy Newman please just songs at the end please no more in the middle.
A Hidden Gem in the Pixar Back Catalogue. Now please release the early Pixar Shorts! They are fantastic!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Some people consider "Bug's Life" as not being on the same level of quality as other Pixar productions, but I really can not agree with them. My daughter clearly wouldn't agree either.

This is a very funny movie, with a lot of interesting innovations (we will never look at bugs in the same way, me and my family) and a kind of surprising kindness - even the bad guys are shown with some understanding (having chosen the life of parasite racketeers, they are now trapped by it - as much as their ant victims). The principal hero is possibly one of the most likable characters I ever saw. A little warning - there is one scene at the end, of the final demise of the leader of grasshoppers, that can scare younger children (under 6) - otherwise this movie is just PERFECT! The missed out-takes chapter at the end of the movie is probably the best I ever saw in a kids movie.

This film was inspired of course by the classical Aesop's fable "The Ant and the Grasshopper", but also by "Seven Samurai" - there is even a scene very directly copied from this great masterpiece - but of course in both cases with major twists. But I will say nothing else here, to avoid spoilers.

A GREAT film, really perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lord Anon on 30 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
As always with Disney-Pixar animations, is a great film that is not just for kids but for adults too. The story is set around a colony of ants and their struggle against the evil Grasshoppers who come back every year and steal their food. There is some wonderfull computer animation and the voices are great too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb. 2000
Format: DVD
Another classic from Disney and Pixar based on a colony of Ants. The colony has to gather food for the larger bugs that terrorize the Ants. Flick (main character) goes on a desperate search to find bigger bugs to stop his friends from being overrun by thugs. Pretty straight forward upto the point where a group of helpers has been located, turns out that these helpers are really just a Circus act. Things start to go from bad to worse, can the new friends save the day or is flick let down again...this movie is great to watch again and again, there are many themes which appeal to adults too. But, ultimately children will really love this movie, great characters and great visual eye candy. Makes your television come alive...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darren on 29 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Firstly the picture quality, why most will be buying this Blu(e) ray version, is fantastic. The detail and crispness of the image is an example of how good the format should be. Sound quality too is an immersive experience.

I'm sure most already know the film so will merely add, for those that haven't, it holds all the values of classic Disney.
Friendship, loyalty and teamwork all feature highly. The underdog seeing the strength within and what happens when you group together to stand up to your bullies and evil.
It has bucket loads of comedy and 'aww' moments, but moves along at a decent pace without lingering too long on any given point.

If it's important, there are a couple of 'frights' but are surprise rather than graphic scene so it is suitable for all, and nothing so heavy that little minds will be upset.

The 'out-takes' are a brilliant touch and the package knits together perfectly.

'Ladies and gentlebugs! Larvae of all stages! Rub your legs together for the world's greatest bug circus!'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By meganfunk on 15 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's good but somehow hasn't caught on with my children (aged 3 and 5) as much as other similar films like a bees life finding nemo toy story shrek.
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Firstly, this is by far one of the most impressive animated films from the 90's, in fact it's that well done that you almost forget it was made in 1997 sometimes. John Lasseter who directed Toy Story 1&2, is definitely on a roll, as far as Pixar films, having directed and produced three of the most popular animated films from the 90's.

Secondly the story is truly fantastic, you fall in love with the characters from the get go and soon learn who the bad guys are (Hopper and his gang), I do believe it's Kevin Spacy's only animated film? He's truly fantastic as Hopper. As is his brother Molt who is played by Richard Kind, they work perfectly together. A very funny, loving and warm film, about friends, family and standing up to your bullies, as they never win!!! Honestly, if you haven't seen this film you are truly truly missing out on one of the most beautiful animated films ever produced. You'll want to watch it again, again and again! Adults will love it, kids will love it! Ideal, definitely check it out!
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