Journey with one ant as he searches for warriors to help battle bullying grasshoppers who threaten his home. When he stumbles on a bumbling troupe of circus bugs, the only hope for victory is the bond of friendship and the power of imagination.
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My 4 year olds have watched most Pixar movies on recommended lists - Cars, The Incredibles, Toy story, Up, Wall-E, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, etc. etc. This always showed up on these lists but I kept thinking, Bugs, ugh, must be boring. I recall seeing a trailer but not mustering the interest to watch the movie. I finally succumbed due to a dearth of good movies for that age group, and my kids LOVED it! I was reading an alphabet book on bugs at that time and they were super happy to see some of these bugs. I highly recommend this movie for 3-4 year olds.
The movie itself is cute and my 3 year old liked it, but I feel like I might have gotten a bootlegged copy with this version and purchase. Disney Movie Reward points were advertised on the case but the actual slip with these was not included and the shrink wrap was odd/off.
When people name the Pixar movies, A Bug's Life gets unfairly overlooked all the time. I don't know why because ABL is a great film that further elevates Pixar status as the animation leader nowadays. Being their second feature, is amazing how the Pixar artists didn't repeat themselves and played it safe. No, they took a bold risk and made a completely different movie that turned out great. ABL is an achievement in storytelling with full-fledged characters, engaging story and plot, a spectacular score (second only to Up in my book) and of course breathtaking animation. The colors, the textures, everything is so detailed and crisp and is still impressive even when the film is over 10 years old.
In my opinion, no one should overlook ABL because you'd be missing a great movie (as usual with Pixar) and good quality entertainment for kids and adults.
Video & Audio ABL is one of the best looking BD out there. Everything is so transluscent, so detailed, so crisp that you'll stare in awe scene after scene. The color of the ants, the leaves, the water, everything is completely clean and immaculate in this transfer. Simply terrific.
The 5.1 DTS-HD MA also is bombastic, clear without any distortions. Amazing.
The BD of ABL carries over everything from the 2-disc CE DVD which includes an audio-commenatry, the short Geri's Game (in HD), and making of featurettes such as Production, design, animation, story, and more. Also galleries and publicity material is included. New to this BD is a 'Filmmakers Roundtable' where the director, producer and screenwriter reminicence about the making of the film. Easily this is the best piece from the set that no one should miss. Also there is the first draft of the story which has a different main character and some other different story points. This is really interesting to watch. Last, the Silly Symphony 'The Grasshopper and the Ants' is included in HD.
A DVD copy is also included.
ABL is one of Pixar's funniest, heart warming movies and of course being a Pixar film, is one of the best animated features out there. There is no reason you should avoid this film because is wonderful. Ther BD boasts terrific video & audio presentation alongside a healthy amount of bonus features old and new that makes the film even more interesting to watch. ABL on BD is very highly recommended!!
Flik is a underappreciated inventor living in an ant colony that is forced every year to find food, not only for themselves, but also for a group of Grasshoppers led by a tyrant named Hopper. Things go well, until an accident Flik has sends their latest harvest into the river and the ants must face the wrath of Hopper who grudgingly gives them another chance to collect food. In order to make things right, Flik volunteers to find warrior bugs in order to drive off Hopper and his gang. He does find bugs alright, but due to a misunderstanding on both sides, what he ends up bringing back are inept Circus bugs. When the charade is discovered, it is almost too late. They need a serious plan to save everyone when Hopper returns and discovers the ants have failed, and Flik soon places himself on the line to remind the ants just how strong they really are.
Belongs right up there with any of the best Pixar movies. The voice acting is perfect throughout and you really root for the protagonist, Flik (voiced by Dave Foley). He's an intellectual misfit with big ideas and a big heart, but his best intentions often blow up in his face. It's an incredible adventure for kids and adults alike, and one we watch again and again in our family.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2012
A Bug's Life is one hour and thirty - four minutes and was released in theaters on November 25, 1998. Basically the main story is that Flik, an ant, leaves the island home of the ant colony to find warrior insects to fight off the grasshoppers who demand food from the ants each spring. What Flik brings back are circus insects and the circus insects think that they have been hired to perform. In the end it all works out for everyone. This would be the last movie for Roddy McDowall and Madeline Kahn. A Bug's Life is good family movie and gets an AAA+++.
Chapter Selection Set Up 1. Captions a. English b. None 2. Version a. Standard b. Widescreen Bonus Material 1. Geri's Game 2. Original Outtakes 3. Alternate Outtakes 4. Film Recommendations a. Flubber b. 101 Dalmatians (1996 version) c. Tron d. George of the Jungle e. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas f. Mighty Joe Young (1998 version)