A Bug's Life

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A Bug's Life
Directed byJohn Lasseter
Screenplay by
Story by
Produced by
CinematographySharon Calahan
Edited byLee Unkrich
Music byRandy Newman
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
  • November 20, 1998 (1998-11-20)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$120 million
Box office$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.

Voice 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.[3] 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.

Sequel[change | change source]

  • A Bug's Life 2 is a 2023 release

References[change | change source]

  1. "A Bug's Life". bbfc.co.uk. British Board of Film Classification. Archived from the original on March 2, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  2. Sterngold, James (December 4, 1998). "At the Movies; Bug's Word: Yaddanyafoo". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 29, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2017. Tuck is older by a few milliseconds,...
  3. Price, David (2008). The Pixar Touch. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 158. ISBN 0-307-26575-7.

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