A Bug's Life (1998) voices Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, Phyllis Diller directed by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton Movie Review

A Bug's Life (1998)   3/53/53/53/53/5

A Bug's Life (1998)

Bugging Around

In the world of the ants, Flik doesn't want to be just another ant marching in a line with others; he wants to make a difference by inventing things to make being an ant easier. The trouble is that one of his inventions causes issues with the grasshoppers lead by Hopper. To make right what he has down and with the blessing of the ant queen and the Princess Atta, Flik goes on an expedition in search of some bugs to help defends the ants from the grasshoppers. And Flik finds himself a group of bugs who he believes will help, unaware that these bugs are circus performers whilst they think he is a talent scout.

So I have mentioned before, there was a time where I would avoid animations like the plague and as such whilst it has been over 15 years since "A Bug's Life" came out I had managed to avoid seeing it till now. And surprisingly I found it enjoyable with animation work which impresses, comical creativity and as a grown up some recognizable story elements, all the ingredients you expect from a Disney Pixar animation. Although as an adult "A Bug's Life" didn't entertain me as much as some other animations with the majority of the humour understandably aimed at a younger audience.

The thing I actually enjoyed most about "A Bug's Life" is that it came over like a mix of "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Three Amigos" as we have Flik looking to find some brave warriors to defend his community only to hire circus performers instead of warriors. It is only really the ideas which are used but they work and as an adult it brought a smile to my face. In fairness other things did as well such as the creativity as well as Denis Leary's voicing of a ladybird but it was the combo concept which for me makes "A Bug's Life" work.

What this all boils down to is that over 15 years later "A Bug's Life" is still good fun with the animation work and humour still working well. But for me it is very much an animation for children and doesn't quite offer another subtle jokes for adults to keep them fully entertained at the same time.