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:: A Bug's Life

I found myself having a good laugh throughout A Bug’s Life, but was mostly taken in by the imaginative world the filmmakers had constructed. Lacking the humour rate of a film like Shrek, the computer animation is nevertheless crystal clear, letting the film stand as more of a visual treat than anything else is.

Though A Bug’s Life doesn’t carry many memorable characters and lines, the film pulls us into its fantasy world; but as fictional as the story is, we’re given a fable that could take the position of reality. Where Toy Story imagined what it would be like if children’s toys and gadgets were given life when human presence was not in sight, A Bug’s Life climbs into the world of ants and their every-day world.

These ants are also troubled by bigger species that threaten the their existence and force them to give up their dignity. The writers give the ant insects an almost human essence as if they are one of us; where everyone in reality generally gets annoyed by the tiny species, squashing them or killing them with absolute ease.
A Bug’s Life treats them equally as if they are no different than us. In other words they may be small but that doesn’t mean they don’t matter

The great thing about A Bug’s Life is that whenever the humour is not in gear, the visual sight of this world in computer animation is very good, making the film a real delight. This is a film that grabs the viewer with its imaginative world, fascinate through its inventive ideas, brew up some good laughs and, in the end, has one major goal: to make you feel good and happy.

DVD Extras

Disc 1:
Feature film disc
Audio commentary by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich

Disc 2:
Inside a Bug’s World
Outtakes, pre-production, sound design
Oscar-winning short “Geri’s Game”