The computer animation crew at Pixar--the creators of TOY STORY--return with another feature rife with stunningly rendered worlds populated by cute critters you can't help but care about. The story is simple--an ant colony led by Flik (Dave Foley) seeks help from a flea circus and other insects in their struggles against the oppressive grasshopper bullies led by Hopper (Kevin Spacey). However, as with TOY STORY, there is as much for adults to enjoy here as there is for the kids. (In fact, the story is loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's classic SEVEN SAMURAI.) And don't miss the wonderful "outtakes" that roll with the closing credits!
Cast: Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Director: John Lasseter
"...Tightly constructed....The script has fun playing with our common knowledge of insects..."
Sight and Sound - Leslie Felperin (02/??/1999)
"...A hellzapoppin creature-feature jamboree..." -- Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (01/15/1999)
"...Rowdier than a New Year's Eve party..."-- 4 out of 4 stars
USA Today - Mike Clark (12/24/1998)
"...A BUG'S LIFE makes jaunty, imaginative use of both extraordinary technology and bold storytelling possibilities within the insect world..."
New York Times - Janet Maslin (11/25/1998)
"...Lasseter brilliantly exploits the material for both laughs and pathos, while pushing the technological parameters of computer animation even beyond the already impressive feat of TOY STORY..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Box Office - Wade Major (01/01/1999)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Offering colourful eye-candy for tots and in-jokes galore for adults, its clarity of purpose boils the Pixar template to near-abstract purity."
Total Film - Simon Kinnear (02/01/2011)
"...A BUG'S LIFE has an unfettered imagination....This footloose humor comes from both the writing and the direction..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (11/20/1998)
"This animated fable teems with vivid creatures standing on their own countless feet."
Wall Street Journal (06/24/2011)
"The SEVEN SAMURAI-like story provides a solid framework for stunning animation and winning characters, including Dave Foley's nice work in the lead."
A.V. Club - A.V. Club (05/27/2009)