A Bug's Life

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A Bug's Life
Directed byJohn Lasseter
Andrew Stanton
Produced byDarla K. Anderson
John Lasseter
Screenplay byStory:
Joe Ranft
Additional Story:
Gefwee Boedoe
Jason Katz
Jorgen Klubien
Robert Lence
David Reynolds Screenplay:
Andrew Stanton
Don McEnery
Bob Shaw
Brad Bird
StarringDave Foley
Kevin Spacey
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Hayden Panettiere
Denis Leary
Joe Ranft
David Hyde Pierce
Jonathan Harris
Madeline Kahn
Bonnie Hunt
Brad Garrett
Mike McShane
Music byRandy Newman
CinematographySharon Calahan
Edited byLee Unkrich
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
November 25, 1998 (U.S.)
December 3, 1998 (AUS)
February 5, 1999 (UK)
February 7, 2003 (re-release)
Running time
95 minutes
Budget$45 million
Box officeWorldwide:
$363.3 million

A Bug's Life is a 1998 movie made by Pixar. It follows the conflict between ants and grasshoppers in the world of insects. It is a retelling of a fable by Aesop, The Ant and the Grasshopper.

Cast[change | change source]

Soundtrack[change | change source]

  1. Roll to Me by Del Amitri
  2. Basket Case by Green Day
  3. Loser by Beck
  4. Love in an Elevator by Aerosmith
  5. Baba O'Riley by The Who
  6. I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys
  7. La Cucaracha by Santana
  8. Hey World! by Ziggy Marley
  9. Blister by Jimmy Eat World
  10. Born to Be Wild by Bruce Springsteen
  11. The Time of Your Life by Lionel Richie

Production[change | change source]

A Bug's Life was first considered in 1988, as a short movie to be based on Aesop's fable, but it was delayed by Toy Story. Almost a year after its release, Disney made an agreement with Pixar to make movies together. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Doctor and Joe Ranft brought up the idea of the project, A Bug's Life in late 1994.[1] The ideas for Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and WALL-E were also brought up and the three decided to have the grasshoppers demand food instead of begging for it, as it is in the fable. Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai helped influence the project. A basic story treatment was completed in 1995 and production began soon after. The movie had many technical challenges. One of the biggest technical triumphs was the simulation of crowds of ants. It would be impossible for an animator to animate every single ant in a crowd of thousands. So the technical supervisors came up with a computer program that would make every single ant in the crowd different in small ways; for example, different eye colour, skin colour, weight, or height. They would also build a several ants that could be animated. When randomly distributed through the crowds, these ants would appear to be blinking, talking or looking in different directions.

References[change | change source]

  1. Price, David (2008). The Pixar Touch. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 158. ISBN 0-307-26575-7.

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