Tue
Jun 12 2012 12:00pm

Ants. Why Did It Have To Be Ants?: A Bug’s Life

There are two kinds of Pixar films. The first is the type we identify the most with Pixar, so much so that we often look back on their lesser works with rose-colored glasses. These films — Up, Monsters, Inc., and WALL-E as the highlights — represent what Pixar does best: picking a good story and pairing it with a visual style and tone that match perfectly. How many other studios could make you root for a dinky little trashbot or cry over a silent title credit sequence?

The second kind, however, is the one that drowns in its own hubris. Cars (and its dreaded squeakquel that I’m convinced John Lasseter was forced to make at gunpoint), Toy Story 2, and A Bug’s Life are the most egregious examples. It’s like the developers got so lost in the technical aspect of producing a visually stimulating world that they forgot the characters inhabiting it needed to be interesting enough to populate an immersive story.

Ostensibly, the tale was inspired by Aesop’s fable of the lazy grasshopper who starves all winter while the hardworking ant becomes a poster child for gluttony. The first act borrows liberally from Seven Samaurai (!) when protag Flik accidentally destroys a harvest offering and is sent on a seemingly unachievable mission to round up a gang of warrior bugs to defend his colony from the evil grasshoppers. Once he leaves Ant Island, the film settles squarely into mediocrity with a straightforward, unsurprising plot and an uncreative ending. Of course the warriors turn out to be far less than what they first appeared and Flik must rely on his wits and bravery to win the day. Disney-approved romantic subplot? Check. The redemption of a minor baddie, a group of clumsy yet clever heroes rising to the occasion, the requisite musical number? Check, check, and check.

Ultimately the film is about community spirit. It’s about working together for the betterment of the society (SOCIALISM!). It’s important that Flik hires circus bugs, not just for the comedic opportunities but because the performers are another version of an ant colony – lose a member of the troupe and you lose a vital part of the performance. They travel as one, work as one, live as one, each making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. And they are also being exploited by a greedy outsider with no respect or regard for those he believes his inferiors. While Pixar dropped Aesop’s warnings about too much play and not enough work coming back to bite you in the ass, they added in a hefty helping of love thy fellow man except for the ones trying to boss you around and take your hard-earned reward.

Unlike Dreamworks’ ANTZ, which also came out in 1998, A Bug’s Life is very much a kid’s movie that adults can enjoy rather than an adult movie that kids won’t be bored by. Also unlike the Woody Allen movie, Pixar’s is full of visual gags and offhanded comments that pay off subtly yet handsomely. The cricket begging in the city under the trailer with a sign reading “Kid pulled off my wings” is sweet in its sadness, but Hopper spitting out “It’s a ‘Circle of Life’ kind of thing” is easily my favorite line of whole shebang.

A Bug’s Life was the second feature out of the Pixar gate, and what the groundbreaking work Toy Story did for establishing CGI as a viable subgenre, A Bug’s Life did for format proficiency. The film looks fan-frakking-tastic. There are quite a few landscape/scenery shots where you’d be hard-pressed to tell CGI from the real thing. The sequences with the real and fake bird attacks are striking in their realism. Like the intricate details of the rodent hero in Ratatouille, the feathers of the bird, the veins in the dying leaves, even the cracks of the dry riverbed are lush and gorgeously lit. As much as I hate post-production 3D conversion, I’d pay good money to see it used on a film this arresting. Until then, you’ll just have to settle for the Blu-ray.

If only they had spent as much time crafting a story as they did the grasshoppers’ exoskeletons. The only character with any real depth is Hopper, and a large part of that is due to Kevin Spacey. He plays the Big Bad with such fervor, he could easily challenge Scar for most frightening Disney villain of all time. The circus bugs are intriguing only because they’re circus bugs (though I do love me some David Hyde Pierce), the ants are just a bunch of ants, and I couldn’t tell you a thing about the main characters except the hero has the hots for the princess (though that might be just because she’s the only chick on the island that isn’t a meemaw or wee tot).

A Bug’s Life does manage to be remarkable in one character aspect. They know how to write little girls. Like, really write them. While Dot, the spare heir and the leader of the Blueberries (the ant-version of the girl scouts) doesn’t actually save the day, she is instrumental in setting up the situation so Flik can outmaneuver Hopper in the final battle. The little girl ants routinely (and literally) stand up to danger and tell it to shut up and stop bothering them. Yes, they do a lot of running and hiding and shrieking, but they’re also kids. Cut ‘em some slack. I don’t know that I’d have been bold enough at ten years old to stand up to the evil monster that has been harassing my people for generations and who is threatening to crush my mother’s skull in. But the Blueberries do.

In a world where girls have Barbies and unrealistic body expectations and are denigrated for liking comic books and not being stereotypically feminine, it makes me downright ecstatic to see a bunch of more or less androgynous-looking girl bugs kicking ass and taking names. You don’t get Princess Merida without Dot. Only time will tell if Brave winds up the next Up or the next A Bug’s Life, but you can’t go too wrong with a firecracker Scottish heroine with attitude and guts to spare.


Alex Brown is an archivist, writer, geeknerdloserweirdo, and all-around pop culture obsessive who watches entirely too much TV. You can keep up with her every move on Twitter and Tumblr.

32 comments
Scott Silver
1. hihosilver28
Huh. I don't think I've ever heard Toy Story 2 be used as an egregious example of Pixars lesser works of hubris.

I actually think it's the high point of the trilogy, consistency wise. The third act of Toy Story 3 is appropriately devastating, but I felt the first 2/3rds of the film was more inconsistent.

You'll hear no disagreements about Cars, though. It's the only Pixar film that I don't own, and don't really have any plan to change that. (I'm currently living in an alternate dimension where the painful sequel was not made and I therefore don't have to concern myself about that)
JS Bangs
2. jaspax
Like hihosilver21@1, I thought that Toy Story 2 was fine, but Cars was a major disappointment. As for A Bug's Life ... I had actually forgotten that it existed, and I don't think I ever knew that it was from Pixar. After writing this comment, I think I'll resume my prior state of ignorance, since the film was thoroughly mediocre.
JasonD
3. JasonD
I actually really enjoyed Cars, typical sports-movie cliches aside. It did have a good story to tell as a love letter to Route 66 and a disappearing slice of Americana.

Bug's Life... eh. It probably would never have gotten the green light without Toy Story being such a hit. You can tell that Pixar was still trying to find their way at this point, and it's obvious that the movie is struggling for breath under the weight of the Disney Checklist. Still, even a poor showing by Pixar's standards is not "bad" by any stretch, merely predictable and easily overlooked.
S Cooper
4. SPC
I like Cars too. It's silly, but inoffensive, and fun to watch. It also has the benefit of just about the least "scary" frightening scene of any kids' movie I've come across. For ages it was the only movie my son could get through without getting scared. I'm not going to defend Cars 2, though. My reaction to A Bug's Life is generally "eh."
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
5. Lisamarie
Yeah, I love Toy Story 2. I found it just as good as the original!

I think, of all the Pixar movies I've seen (I actually haven't seen Cars, Ratattouile or Up), A Bug's Life is my least favorite for the reasons you describe...it's rather blah and predictable. Still a sweet movie, and better than many other movies, but not my favorite Pixar.

I guess I never thought about A Bug's Life in the same breath as socialism before (although I do detect a bit of facetiousness), although I suppose that's to be expected when thinking about an ant colony (I actually did enjoy Antz's take on that as well). I am wondering what you will have to say about the Incredibles and the objectivist leanings some people see in that movie ;) I think The Incredibles might actually be my favorite Pixar, even though I feel it's often overlooked.
Scott Silver
6. hihosilver28
@5 Lisamarie

Wow. If you haven't seen Ratatouille or Up, that's gotta be rectified as soon as humanly possible. Brad Bird is just as excellent with Ratatouille as he was with The Incredibles (one of my favorites as well). Up has what is possibly the most emotionally devastating opening 10 minutes of any film I've ever seen. It's sublime. Seriously, if you watch those two movies this week, you won't be disappointed with either result. Well worth reappropriating time.
JasonD
7. tolladay
Hum. I think I must have a different version of this movie. The version I have has a protagonist, Flick, who is the only creative person out of a sea of conformists, the only liberal out of a hive of conservatives, the only person who loves the colony with no expectation of reward, the only person who is self-aware, and the only one willing to think beyond the here and now. All of his solutions favor brains over brawn, and cooperation over coercion.

In other words, Flick's a dreamer, a 90-pound weakling with a 200 pound brain, an artist, a geek.

And then there is the Princess, who has a lovely character arc from unconfident conformist, to self-willed and confident queen. True, this is expressed in her ability to love the loaner (Flick), but it is also expressed in her ability to manage a far more healthy and vibrant colony than the one she was given. Obviously a threat to feminists everywhere.

Also of note, the only two characters at the start of the movie who are self-aware are the protagonist and the antagonist. The antagonist, Hopper, uses his self-awareness as a tool to keep others in line, and reward himself. Flick, however uses his self-awareness to help others, and even passes it on to the other characters.

So yea. If only they had spent more time in character development.

And then there is the plot. The version I have has a plot that exactly mimics the artists journey, starting with destruction, then discovery, and finally ending with salvation. It also is interesting that each and every invention of the protagonist is destructive up until the point that his creative vision is passed on, and reinterpreted by others. Only then do his ideas bear fruit. This exactly mirrors the creative process in almost all fields of creative endeavor, and must have been the touchstone the crafty guys and gals at Pixar used to build the story.

What I love best about this movie is that the ultimate salvation for the colony comes not from the actions of the protagonist, because Flick’s plan fails, but from the creative and inspired actions of those who have taken up his vision.

Would that there were other movies are poorly thought out as this one.
JasonD
8. krakens
hihosilver28 and jaspax must feel the same as me. I really liked Toy Story 2. I thought they ended the whole toy fantasy very nicely. It had an endearing committment to the rest of Andy's life that Toy Story 3 destroyed by merely existing. I also thought that 3 was much more formulaic and essentially regurgitated the Barbie and Buzz Lightyear schtick. At least in the second, Buzz was faced with his former self and the evil Zerg added some comedic subplots. In 3, almost all the characters were unecessary and the third act was wholly unremarkable.

Jeez, I care a lot
JasonD
9. dav
Agree with the last poster that A Bug's Life does stand out as one of their masterpieces to me (admittedly in a sea of masterpieces with two mediocre, but still great films). I always thought Flick perfectly encapsulated the Pixar philosophy that creativity and innovation should win out in the end. I always thought of this movie as Pixar's deconstruction of the Disney animation process with the animators toiling away as worker drones for the bosses on high who swoop in to line their pockets with their blood sweat and tears. While Flick was a stand in for a new way of doing things. An environment of collaboration and thinking outside the box and throwing out all the old ways of doing things and putting story and character and ingenuity and collaboration ahead of shareholder bleating.

Also my favorite Denis Leary role.

Can't understand the offhanded anti-Toy Story 2 remark. To me it was Pixar's Godfather Part II. It took the original concept, reinvented how the story was told and created an added level of depth and drama for the characters. It outdoes the original at every step while also making loving references to where it came from. 3rd best Pixar movie ever (after Up and Toy Story 3).
JasonD
10. EmilyG
What tolladay said.
JasonD
11. Dairhenien
Cars 2 is the only Pixar film I haven't seen, so understand that I'm not including it when I say that Pixar hasn't had a miss with me. A Bug's Life is a movie with more than enough heart and soul to carry it through any deficiencies, and I'm far from allowing that there are any.

Yes, it took a lot of inspiration from The Seven Samurai. Ditto Three Amigos, for that matter. What it did more than that was to balance a large, ensemble cast in very much the same way that Toy Story did. If that means that the major protagonists got less screen-time, and therefore less development than otherwise, I think that's okay. I would say that every character managed to get an arc, however small.

Flik: Came to realize that being an individual was okay.
Atta: Learned to value the idea that individuality could also serve the community, and learned how to be a leader.
Dot: Gained a level of independence and agency
Heimlich: Became an expletive-deleted butterfly.
Francis: Got in touch with his feminine side.

etc, etc. Many of these arcs were only touched on through small, subtle beats, but they add richness to a straightforward plot.
Alex Brown
12. AlexBrown
@hihosilver28, jaspax, SPC, Lisamarie, krakens, dav: I didn't dislike Toy Story 2 or anything, but when you line it up in the Pixar queue of greatness, I feel it falls squarely in the middle. There are enough Pixar films that are better than it, Toy Story 3 being a perfect example. I didn't cry in Toy Story 2, but bawled through 1 and 3. I'd put it one step up from A Bug's Life, personally. But I'm not gonna hate on someone who loves it.

Most of my annoyance with Cars and Cars 2 has to do with the terrible cast and my utter contempt for everything that is Larry the Cable Guy. His very presence in the film destroys any positive feelings I might have been tempted to have for it. Not even Paul Newman can override the sour taste in my mouth that that comedic hack leaves.

@tolladay and EmilyG: Yes, we all apparently saw two different versions of the same film. Given that Princess Atta has maybe two dozen lines, I'm not sure where you got that character arc. Plus she doesn't really become the confident queen until after Flik and the Blueberries do all the hard work. I'd argue that Dot and Flik have the far deeper character arcs than Atta.

I'll grant you the plot, though I think you are reading what Pixar intended rather than what they actually delivered (see Prometheus for a more recent example of a director delivering the exact opposite of what he thinks he's packed). And you could argue that general of a plot for just about any movie.

But I'm not sure what you mean by "Obviously a threat to feminists everywhere." Sarcasm, fine, whatever. But if you mean that I personally am offended and/or threatened by feminists then you clearly haven't been paying attention.
Alex Brown
13. AlexBrown
@Dairhenien: You're spot on about balancing the ensemble. Trying to define every frakking character on screen left them with broad brush strokes but not enough detail. Each character gets broken down into one or two traits rather than the richness you get with characters we've spent a long time with (like Woody and Buzz) or ones where the whole film is focused on them (like *Remy and Gusteau). A Bug's Life was definitely a learning experience for Pixar.

*And I just realized I called Remy "Ratatouille" in my review...whoops!
lake sidey
14. lakesidey
I saw this shortly after I saw Antz. As far as I am concerned, the latter wins antz down. I had almost started to despair of animation in the old Disney style - syrupy sweet, childish and all that - Antz and then Shrek were the movies which changed my mind from "general flick good, animation bad" to "general flick good, animation better". Both Dreamworks offerings, and for a while thereafter I felt that Pixar couldn't hold a candle to Dreamworks.

Toy Story and Monsters Inc notwithstanding, it wasn't until the Incredibles that I really became a Pixar fan - of course, Up and Wall-E (among others) have kept me firmly in that category (and I expect Brave will not disappoint)

Shrek is still my favourite animated movie though (mainly because I identify so with the character...big, green, ugly, stupid ogre, that has me written all over it*). I'm just pretending the sequels (especially the third) don't exist.

~lakesidey

*OK, I'm not green, come to think of it. Four out of five ain't bad.
Alex Brown
15. AlexBrown
@lakesidey: A Bug's Life does fall into the uncanny valley from time to time, and they have as much trouble with making mouths work as Liefeld has with basic human anatomy. Can't argue with your personal connection to Shrek, but if you count all the rest of Dreamworks' offerings (Over the Hedge and Bee Movie ring a bell?) I'd be hard pressed to put them ahead of Pixar.
Zayne Forehand
16. ShiningArmor
@8 To call the third act of TS3 unremarkable is mind boggling to me. I was in tears in the theater twice doing that last part. It connected me back to my childhood and the process of growing up in a really profound way.

I've always been a little confused by the strong love Up has received from Pixar fans. Did the amazing opening sequence just drown out the awful and unrealistic villain and the lackluster climax of the action?

More on topic, I think A Bug's Life was a pretty great movie. I thought the voice acting was some of the most on-point they've ever had. I liked the slightly more whimsical nature of the comedy with the circus performers.

Just as a frame of reference my favorite Pixar movies are 3. Wall-E 2. Toy Story 3 1. The Incredibles I can watch The Incredibles any day of the week on repeat and never get tired of it.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
17. Lisamarie
@hihosilver28 - I know, I really want to see them! I actually have seen the prologue to Up and it made me all teary.

I love cooking so I can't wait to see Ratattouile - we just haven't gotten a chance yet.

@tolladay, I appreciate an alternate way of looking at the movie :)
JasonD
18. Stefan Jones
I enjoyed A Bug's Life well enough, but I've never had a desire to see it again. Even minor Pixar is still pretty good, but it just wasn't as compelling as the studio's top-rung films.

The same would be true of Cars, except for that gorgeous, gorgeous scenery. I love the Route 66 backwater town vibe, and watched a TV broadcast for that reason.

Hmmm. Toy Story 2. The slapstick-heavy search for Woody by the rest of Andy's toys was fun, but not memorable. For me, the movie is redeemed by a few scenes, all concerning Woody and his cowboy TV-show pals. And of course by that lovely, sad song-sequence. Which didn't make me cry, but was still a punch in the gut. When I described the setup to my sister (who hadn't seen a single Pixar film until last Christmas) she pointed out the parallel to abandoned animals . . . she's worked in a dog shelter.
Scott Silver
19. hihosilver28
@ShiningArmor
I love all of Up. The journey of an old man who has given up on love and humanity because of the loss of the love of his life into regaining compassion, vitality, and a love for life is an incredible journey. He wanted to give Ellie everything (he thought she wanted) and couldn't, then felt like a failure when she died and allowed himself to wallow in that misery and regret. Over the course of the movie Dug and Carl start to crack through his demeanor, but it's not until he realizes that Ellie did gain all that she wanted in him that he breaks free. That emotional resolution brings me to tears every damn time.

As far as Muntz goes, it's another aspect of Carl, where if we allow obsession to rule us we can easily become a monster. I rather liked Muntz as well. I also like how it addresses our culture of "hero worship".

Anyway, I'm sure we'll have a lot more to say about all this when the blog actually gets to Up. :)
Zayne Forehand
20. ShiningArmor
@hihosilver28 I certainly see your point. That's part of why Pixar's great to me. We all see different things we do and don't like in all of their movies. I'll hold off on the rest of my comments until we get to Up so I don't derail the comments any more than I have. :)
JasonD
22. Puff the Magic Commenter
First, about this: "Cars (and its dreaded squeakquel that I’m convinced John Lasseter was forced to make at gunpoint)..."

Don't be so convinced. If you know anything of Pixar and Lasseter lore, you know that Cars is particularly close to his heart -- his pet project. It's much more likely he'd threaten to burn down Pixar and Disney studios to make the sequel than be forced at gunpoint to. Nobody's perfect.

And also throwing in with those baffled by the Toy Story 2 diss. TS2 is WIDELY regarded as one of the best sequels in movie history.
JasonD
23. tolladay
@Milo1313
"Given that Princess Atta has maybe two dozen lines, I'm not sure where you got that character arc."

Its not the number of lines, it is how they are used.


"...though I think you are reading what Pixar intended rather than what they actually delivered"

Ah, lets not wander off into the “intent” bog. There’s no good dry land there. Its all the more murky opinion. I've seen the film several times. Several, several times. There's not a spare frame in the movie. I suspect however this has as much to do with the painstakingly slow production process as it does with the writing.

I'll grant that the production quality is not nearly as high as what Pixar can do today. This is to be expected. The technology has moved on quite a bit in the last 14 years, and as you rightfully pointed out this was their second feature film. They were still learning as they went along.


"But if you mean that I personally am offended and/or threatened by feminists then you clearly haven't been paying attention"

No offense intended. Just pure snark.

I might be wrong here, but reading through your responses it appears as if you are mixing up your opinion of the movies with their actual content. I have no problem with things like your opinion as to what is the best Pixar movie. To me this is like asking "what hair color do you prefer on a woman." to which my response would be "whatever color my wife is sporting at the time." ;)

However if you go from your opinion to statements like, "The only character with any real depth is Hopper, and a large part of that is due to Kevin Spacey", then this is when we run into a disagreement.

Pixar is widely regarded in the industry as having some of the tightest writing around. Many people point to the fact that they are not located in Hollywood as the reason for this. I suspect it has more to do with the length of time it used to take to render a full length movie. When each frame can take multiple hours of rendering, then it gives an incentive to make sure the content is polished before-hand. But the writing on their movies all show a level of sophistication that is rare in Hollywood.
JasonD
24. Tehanu
I disagree with your criticism of the plot of A Bug's Life; so what if it's derivative? Most plots are. It's what you do with the standard tropes that counts, not whether you used standard tropes to start with.

I also want to put in another vote in favor of Toy Story 2, although I think all three are good, and also for Up and Ratatouille -- and a slightly shamefaced confession that The Incredibles left me absolutely cold. I think most of Pixar's output has been terrific, and yet I also think The Triplets of Belleville is better than any of theirs. So there's no accounting for taste; big deal.
Alex Brown
25. AlexBrown
@tolladay: Ultimately, this entire piece is opinion. I may make statements, but something as subjective as film is always going to come down to personal opinion.

While I agree that today Pixar is known as one of the studio greats, back in the dinosaur days of 1998 they were still fairly untested. Toy Story could've proved to be an anomaly, for all the audience knew. Also, saying that Pixar "is widely regarded in the industry as having some of the tightest writing around" says more about the lackluster state of the filmmaking industry than it does about Pixar. But, to expand upon what I said in the review, I've seen Short Circuit and WALL-E, and never cried over the fate of Number 5.

@Tehanu: For me it comes down to connecting to the characters. I can forgive or overlook tropes if the characters have personality. I really enjoyed The Incredibles because even though it's a pretty meh story, the family was intriguing. I liked Hopper in A Bug's Life because he was fleshed out and well-defined, not because of the script but because of the life Kevin Spacey gave him. I want a whole Hopper prequel, the trials and tribulations of a grasshopper thug. Even little Dot has a whole Joseph Campbell arc going on.

Did Atta and Flik need to have a romance? Absolutely not. Why not scratch that pointless subplot and use that screentime to flesh out the protags more? The Circus Bugs are just a group of circus bugs, I can't even remember all their names, but the collective group is funny enough. Did we need all those Circus Bugs? Probably not. Pixar learned later how to balance a large cast, but this early on they just hadn't gotten it quite down.
JasonD
26. huntece
I was 7 when this film came out and I can still remember that leaf falling off the tree and floating down to the ground in theaters :)

I think sometime we over think things sometimes. What I remember taking from this movie in a time before I new what the concepts socialism and other political ideas meant was that bullies can be overcome. Whether its someone thats bigger and stronger or more conniving. It is in your power to stand up and say enough and that by standing by doing nothing gives bullies there power.

"did we need all those circus bugs?"
Absolutely. Who else could Flik have brought home? Actual warriors, now that would have ruined the movie. Instead we got a group of individuals that closely resembled the ants' situation. They had been bullied and taken advantage of by their manager and instead of confronting the problem they avoid it. While the ants simply stand by and watch. Both are giving power to the bullies and in the end its by standing up to their bullies that frees both groups.

As for the romance how does that not flesh out the characters more? who you choose to love is a very defining part of who someone is. Romance and love are apart of life and it is called A Bugs Life :)
Another romance in the movie I love is the cute old couple relationship between the moth and preymantis in the circus troup.

If Brave ends up the next Up or A Bugs Life either way it will be an amazing movie.
JasonD
27. GuruJ
What I get from all of this debate is that Pixar seems to rock at writing films that "resonate" in a quite literal sense. Not with everyone, and often in different ways for different people.

So some of us view these films and see a simple caper flick. Others recognise the little child who was bullied, or who wanted to fit in, or who lost someone dear to them, or was scared that their parents might one day not want them any more, or who doesn't know their place in the universe.

There's normally no obvious "message". It's certainly not just a performance we are meant to sit back and marvel at. Pixar tell lots of stories wrapped up in a movie narrative, and the beauty of stories is that we can decide what they mean.

Personally I didn't get a great deal out of A Bug's Life. It was fine but didn't blow me away. But the fact that others did makes me very happy.
JasonD
29. youreNuts
You didn't like the animation because the grasshoppers looked better than everything else? You're forgetting where CGI was at this point in time. I happen to know one of the animators at Pixar (he did the skies in Bugs Life) and I remember him talking about how hard they were working on the grass, the leaves, the skies and the water effects in this one. They broke new ground.

Then they (the animators) went to see Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, and wondered what the hell they'd been doing with their time. The textures and skin in that movie inspired them to move forward with the detail in Monsters, Inc., and resulting in awesome fur and feathers.

The story arc is predictable, but not contempible, it makes for an entertaining movie and the bugs are hilarious (especially the pillbugs). The graphics were awesome for their time, and still look great.
Vincent Lane
30. Aegnor
Cars was a pretty good kids movie. It is only when compared to other Pixar movies that it comes up short. I never saw Cars 2, so I can't comment on that.
Alex Brown
31. AlexBrown
@youreNuts: If your comment is in reference to me, then you must have skipped 80% of my review. Take another look. I absolutely LOVED the animation. And I never said I hated the story, just that it was predictable and of a lower quality than the rest of the Pixar canon.

@Aegnor: Yes, fine. Compared to other kids' movies, Cars stacks up pretty well. But we're talking Pixar here and up against, well, Up, Cars and Cars 2 fall like a house of cards, IMO.
JasonD
32. Tara D
My only contribution to the comments section is that I owned and played the PS1 version of a "Bug's Life". The gameplay was blah, the visuals were okay, and I remember the camera got wonky during action scenes.

As for the movie, I thought it was, like the game, okay. Not completely horrible, but not that grea either.

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