A Bug's Life Reviews
|It's a 7,4 out of 10|
The story focuses on a colony of ants who seasonally gather food for themselves and a wild gang of rowdy grasshoppers. When bumbling worker ant Flik (David Foley) destroys the food supply, the angry grasshoppers, lead by the maniacally warped Hopper (Kevin Spacey), threaten to kill the ants if they don't produce a new supply of food by the time they return -- an impossible feat. Flik leaves the anthill in search of help in the form of bigger bugs, and to wage war against the grasshoppers.
In film school, as I've started my journey to becoming a professional screenwriter, I've learned a lot about what makes a good story. While there is absolutely no right way to do it, I think that "A Bug's Life" is a great, three act structure that's so well written and executed. Every step of this film is a perfect example of how to tell a story, and how to tell a story efficiently. The way this story is structured and paced is so admirable and I hope that my future scripts are as concrete as this story.
For 1998, this film had pretty good animation. Overall, the animation was great. It was simple, colorful, and fluid. There are some moments where the animation looks a bit iffy, but you give it a pass because of the intensity of the story-telling and all the other great elements. Is that fair? Maybe not, but this is 1998. For the most part, this film is beyond its time and still holds up well today.
This film was just a fun adventure. I remember watching this as a kid and loving it. It's inspiring, thrilling, and a classic story. There were some pretty funny parts, and that was also in credit to the great voice actors. The film is filled with humor and adventure and it never seems to slow down. It's only an hour and 29 minutes but it makes the best of each minute of its runtime.
In the end, "A Bug's Life" is one of PIxar's classics and will stay that way for years to come.
Although this film, being only the third computer-animated film in existance at the time and following in the footsteps of Toy Story, A Bug's Life may lack the originality of Pixar's first film in terms of storytelling, but the background animation of the world of the bugs is so good, that it still looks incredible today. The character designs, despite not looking as realistic as the insects of Dreamworks's Antz also looks really impressive compared to CGI designs at the time.
Although some of the main characters aren't that interesting, the circus bugs and the grasshoppers steal the show in terms of humour, with the funniest moments coming from Richard Kind's Molt and the late Joe Ranft's German caterpillar Heimlich and although what he did throughout his career was horrible and should not be encouraged, Kevin Spacey's sarcastic, yet intimidating performance as Hopper makes this character, one of the most under-rated Pixar villians.
Overall, A Bug's Life is a really entertaining film of miniature proportions that's still packs a tiny punch.