A Bug's Life

Synopsis: At an annual pace, a huge colony of ants is forced to collect every piece of food that grows on their island for a group of menacing grasshoppers. But that all changes when a misfit inventor ant named Flik accidentally knocks over the offering pile thus forcing the grasshoppers' devious leader Hopper to force the ants to redo their gathering of food. Despite the fact that his friends don't believe him and desperate to help save the colony, Flik volunteers to go out into the world and search for a group of 'warrior' bugs. Instead, what he got was a talented group of circus performers. But when the grasshoppers return and take control of the island, Flik must prove himself a true hero before it's too late.
Director(s): John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton (co-director)
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 20 nominations.
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95 min

[ Bird Chirping ]

[ Insects Buzzing,

Chittering ]

[ Gasps ]

No, no, no.

Oh, no. Oh, no.

I'm lost!

Where's the line?

It just went away.

What do I do?

- Help!

- We'll be stuck here forever!

Do not panic.

Do not panic!

We are trained professionals.

Now, stay calm.

We are going around the leaf.

A-Around the leaf?

I don't think we can do that.

Oh, nonsense. This is nothing

compared to the twig of'93.

- [ Whimpering ]

- That's it. That's it. Good!

You're doing great!

There you go. There you go!

Watch my eyes.

Don't look away.

- And here's the line again.

- Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Soil.

[ Laughing ]

Good job, everybody!

Oh, my.

There's quite a gap, Mr. Soil.

- Shouldn't we tell the queen?

- I don't think we need

to involve the queen in this.

She's got enough on her plate already,

training her daughter.

Oh, yes.

Princess Atta, the poor dear.

Oh, wind's died down.

They'll be here soon.

-Just be confident, dear.

You'll be fine.

- [ Gasps ] There's a gap.

There's a gap in the line.

What are we gonna do?

It's okay, Your Highness. Gaps happen.

We just lost a few inches, that's all.

Oh. Right.

Your Highness, I can't count

when you hover like that.

Oh, of course.

I'm sorry. Go ahead.

- Guys, go shade

someone else for a while.

- [ Pet Chirps ]

Okay, Atta.

Now what do we do?

Ahh-- Oh! Don't tell me.

I know it. What is it?

- We relax.

- [ Chuckles ] Right.

Oh, it'll be fine.

It's the same, year after year.

They come, they eat, they leave.

That's our lot in life.

It's not a lot, but it's our life.

[ Laughs ]

[ Chuckles ]

Isn't that right, Aphie?

Oh, you're such a cute little aphid.

[ Rumbling ]

- Ditch Dot!

- Yeah, yeah!

Hey, come back here!

[ Strains, Grunts ]

- Dot!

- Yes, Mother.

What did I tell you

about trying to fly?

Not until my wings grow in.

- Right.

- But Mom--

Dot, you're a young queen ant

and your wings are too little--

I was talking to Mother.

You're not the queen yet, Atta.

Now, Dot,

be nice to your sister.

It's not my fault

she's so stressed out.

[ Sighs ]

I know, I know.

- I'm always acting

like the sky is falling.

- Look out!

- Atta!

- Princess Atta!

- Oh!

- Hey!

-Stop that!

- What do you think you're doing?

- You could have killed

somebody over here.

- [ Gasps ] I'm sorry!

- Oh, it's Flik.

- Oh--

I'm sorry, I'm sorry,

I'm sorry, I'm so sorry!

- Please forgive me. I'm sorry!

- [ Coughing ]

- [ Screams ] Princess Atta!

- Flik, what are you doing?

Oh, this! This is my new idea

for harvesting grain.

No more picking individual kernels.

You cut down the entire stalk!

- We don't have time for this.

- Exactly! We never have time

to collect food for ourselves.

We spend all summer

harvesting for the offering.

- But my invention will

speed up production.

- Oh, another invention?

Something for you too.

Since you're gonna be queen, you could

use this to oversee production.

- Dr. Flora, if I may.

- This is all very nice, but--

-Just an ordinary blade of grass

and a bead of dew, right?

- Flik, please.

- Wrong! It is, in fact, a telescope.

- [ Both Laugh ]

- It's very clever, Flik, but--

- Hello, Princess! Aren't you

looking lovely this morning!

Not that you would need

a telescope to see that.

Listen! The princess doesn't

have time for this!

You wanna help fill this thing?

Get rid of that machine,

get back in line and pick grain

like everybody else!

- Like everybody else!

- Please, Flik. Just go.

I'm sorry,

I was really just trying--

trying to help.

Harvester. Why, we harvested

the same way ever since I was a pupa.

[ Sighs ]

Where were we?

- The food pile, Your Highness.

- Oh, yes, yes.

Hey, Flik! Wait up!

Oh. Hello, Princess.

You can call me Dot.

Here, you forgot this.

Thanks. You can keep it.

I can make another one.

- I like your inventions.

- Really? Well, you're the first.

- I'm beginning to think

nothing I do works.

- This works.

Great. One success.

[ Sighs ]

- I'm never gonna make a difference.

- Me, neither.

I'm a royal ant and I can't

even fly yet. I'm too little.

- Being little's not such a bad thing.

- Yes, it is.

- No, it's not.

- Is too!

- Is not. Is not! Is not!

- Is too. Is too! Is too!

Oh! A seed.

I need a seed. Ahh--


Ah, here, here.

Pretend-- pretend

that that's a seed.

- It's a rock.

- I know it's a rock.

But let's just pretend for a minute it's

a seed. We'll just use our imaginations.

Now, do you see our tree?

Everything that made

that giant tree...

is already contained

inside this tiny little seed.

All it needs is some time, a little bit

of sunshine and rain, and...


This rock will be a tree?

Seed to tree. You've gotta

work with me, all right?

You might not feel

like you can do much now,

but that's just because,

well, you're not a tree yet.

You just have to give yourself

some time. You're still a seed.

But it's a rock.

I know it's a rock!

Don't ya think I know a rock

when I see a rock? I've spent

a lot of time around rocks!

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John Lasseter

John Alan Lasseter (born January 12, 1957) is an American animator and filmmaker, and former chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the defunct Disneytoon Studios. He was also the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.Lasseter began his career as an animator with The Walt Disney Company. After being fired from Disney for promoting computer animation, he joined Lucasfilm, where he worked on the then-groundbreaking use of CGI animation. The Graphics Group of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm was sold to Steve Jobs and became Pixar in 1986. Lasseter oversaw all of Pixar's films and associated projects as executive producer. In addition, he directed Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Cars (2006), and Cars 2 (2011). From 2006 to 2018, Lasseter also oversaw all of Walt Disney Animation Studios' (and its division Disneytoon Studios') films and associated projects as executive producer. The films he has made have grossed more than $18 billion U.S. dollars, making him one of the most consistently successful filmmakers of all time. Of the seven animated films that have grossed more than $1 billion U.S. dollars, five of them are films executive produced by Lasseter. The films include Toy Story 3 (2010), the first animated film to pass a billion, Frozen (2013), the current highest grossing animated film of all time, as well as Zootopia (2016), Finding Dory (2016) and Incredibles 2 (2018). He has won two Academy Awards, for Best Animated Short Film (for Tin Toy), as well as a Special Achievement Award (for Toy Story).In November 2017, Lasseter took a six-month sabbatical from Pixar and Disney Animation after acknowledging "missteps" in his behavior with employees. According to various news outlets, Lasseter had a history of alleged sexual misconduct towards employees. In June 2018, Disney announced that he would be leaving the company at end of the year, but is taking on a consulting role until then. more…

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