A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life ★★★ 1998 (G)
Computer animated feature by Pixar, the makers of “Toy Story,” takes a cutesy look into the world of insects. Flik (Foley) is an ant who must help defend his colony after he messes up a tribute to a bullying group of grasshoppers led by Hopper (Spacey). He recruits a crew of misfits from a flea circus, including a male ladybug with gender issues (Leary), a prissy stick bug (Pierce), and an obese caterpillar (Ranft). Together they form a plan to keep the grasshoppers away, but still must confront Hopper in orsuaveder to ensure lasting peace. Amazing animation, from the blades of grass down to the facial expressions of the bugs, along with dozens of sight gags keep this family feature flying. Competed with fellow computer animated insect feature “Antz” on its release. 94m/C VHS, DVD. D: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton; W: Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft; C: Sharon Calahan; M: Randy Newman; V: Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Phyllis Diller, Richard Kind, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Ranft, Denis Leary, Jonathan Harris, Madeline Kahn, Bonnie Hunt, Michael McShane, John Ratzenberger, Brad Garrett, Roddy McDowall, Edie McClurg, Hayden Panettiere, Alex Rocco, David Ossman.