readers, as you know I always give credit where credits
due. Disney and Pixar (Pixar famous for the Toy
Stories) have topped themselves with this one! A
Bugs Life is truly an excellent display of entertaining
entomology. Every child is gonna shrill with joy to these
clever warm little creatures.
Too bold a statement you say? No way, Jose! Youll never
pick up a can of Raid again.
(the voice of Dave-Kids in The Hall-Foley) is a strange and
persistent little ant. He is discontent with his drone lifehe
aspires to greater heightslike maybe an inch. Flik is
a constant annoyance to his fellow ants; always with an original
idea here, a new invention there.
How can the colony rid themselves of this trouble-making Formicidae?
the evil meister, the cockroach of grasshoppersMr. Hopper!
(The voice of Kevin
" boom-boom" Spacey.) Hopper is bad to the exoskeleton.
Hopper makes the ants work, work, work to feed him and his Hells
Angel-esque crew with the ants food supply. Theyre
ant bulllies. Its not that Hopper and the boys cant
feed themselvestheyre just mean cause they
Flik makes a faux pas and ends up toppling the food supply meant
to feed Hopper! Natch, Hopper threatens death to the colony
if the food supply is not restocked by the Fall deadline.A nearly
inpossible feat for the colony.
volunteers to search out warriors to fight the evil Hopper,
rather than restock the food.The colony lets him go hoping against
hope, he never returns, and scramble to replace Hopper's food
supply. So, Flik ventures off Ant Island to the "outer
world" and finds his "warriors". He finds them
amidst a drunken brawl in one of the cutest scenes ever put
on film. The warrior bugs are hence recruited.Um, there not
really warriors. Flik, um, misunderstood, and the gang he ends
up with are actually Vaudvillian Circus performers. You'll see.
warriors/Circus folk are the voices of some of the best around.
Theres a stick bug with the voice of David Hyde Pierce,
very snobby and dramatic, like..um...that Frasier guy's brother.
Then we have Francis (Denis Leary), the beautiful graceful,
male lady bug bent on being taken seriously as a tough guy.
My favorite, though, is the rotund perpetually eating chub-o-bug
Heimlick (Joe Ranft - a Pixar animator) who maneuvers himself
into every position he can to satisfy his endless hunger (I
get like that every month!). Excuse me while I grab a candy
and Pixar have struck gold in them thar celluloid! I have spent
way too much on toys, dolls and bed sheets. It's an addiction
I'm in therapy... Run to rent thiswith
or without kids!
Picnic lunch and lemonade