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A Bug's Life [VHS] [1999]

Kevin Spacey , Dave Foley , Andrew Stanton , John Lasseter    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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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: Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,368 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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Every year the ant colony of a tiny island are forced to hand over their midsummer grain to a marauding band of grasshoppers, led by the evil Hopper (voiced by Kevin Spacey). Worker ant Flik (Dave Foley) sets off to get help from the big city, where he mistakes a troupe of circus bugs for fierce warriors. After being fired by their ringmaster, P.T. Flea (John Ratzenberger), the bugs accompany Flik back to his home, thinking that he is a talent scout. When all becomes clear, they are less than happy at the prospect of fighting off Hopper and his gang!

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 outtakes chapter at the end of the movie is probably the best I ever saw in a kids movie. Really perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Underated 19 Sep 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Little Man LOVES this film! 3 April 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I got this DVD for my 2 1/2 year old little boy it is a beautifully made film for little people and the story is easy to follow, he still gets a bit wary about the grasshoppers but he loves the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film 15 Dec 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bug's life 2 Feb 2012
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Bought this for my grandchildren to watch, excellent, keeps them quiet for hours, even have watched it myself.
Good film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great animation 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
4.0 out of 5 stars a bug's life 9 Oct 2011
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very please with the service and it was qicke and easy. i am also please with the dvd. it is in the conduction of the sellers discrtution
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Pixar classic 29 April 2011
By A Wolf
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bug's Life [Blu-ray Limited SteelBook] [Region Free] [German Import]
A Bug's Life [Blu-ray Limited SteelBook] [Region Free] [German Import] Journey inside the world of bugs in this epic of miniature proportions. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Andrew C. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pixar
Good Pixar film. My only complaint really is that the ants only have 4 legs (i.e. 2 arms and 2 legs). Read more
Published 18 days ago by Miss R. Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this film
Me and my brother lived this hen we were younger so bought it for my nephew he loves it just as much. Was a great price a got delivered on time.
Published 2 months ago by Lana
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsure of authenticity.
This DVD, although it worked perfectly well and came in a Disney case, had no pictures on the disc and no booklet in the box. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
My 8 and 4.5 year old loved this, even my 2 year old would suit down and watch. Very well made and the kids LOVE the outtakes at the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by paddyplastic2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Bgs Life
This was to replace a DVD I had lost, so I kew it was a good film for my grandchildren
Published 3 months ago by b thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet life!
D.C.H. loved the film but I knew what I was buying. I enjoy it as much as the children did .
Published 4 months ago by D. Cynthia Hindley
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant service
This dvd turned up promptly and in good condition and is waiting to be unwrapped on christmas day.Person will be very happy indeed.
Published 4 months ago by michael trott
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's movie
Children's movie, also for adults. Disney films are great fun for all the family. Would recommend to anyone who like similar movies. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms Anna M Stensland
4.0 out of 5 stars Bugs Life DVD
I bought this for my partner and she really lurves it! A classic movie that makes you laugh out loud
Published 5 months ago by Ms. M. A. Collier
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