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A Bug's Life
Directed by John Lasseter
Andrew Stanton
Produced by Darla K. Anderson
John Lasseter
Written by

Joe Ranft
Additional Story:
Gefwee Boedoe
Jason Katz
Jorgen Klubien
Robert Lence
David Reynolds

Andrew Stanton
Don McEnery
Bob Shaw
Starring Dave Foley
Kevin Spacey
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Hayden Panettiere
Phyllis Diller
Richard Kind
David Hyde Pierce
Denis Leary
Jonathan Harris
Madeline Kahn
Bonnie Hunt
Brad Garrett
Mike McShane
Music by Randy Newman
Cinematography Sharon Calahan
Editing by Lee Unkrich
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s) November 25, 1998 (U.S.)
December 26, 1998 (AUS)
February 5, 1999 (UK)
Running time 96 min.
Language English
Budget $45 million
Money made Worldwide:
$363.3 million

A Bug's Life is a 1998 movie made by Pixar. It is about the world of insects and other small creatures, and the fight between ants and grasshoppers. It is a retelling of a fable by Aesop, The Ant and the Grasshopper.


The was first considered in 1988, as a short movie to be based on Aesop's fable, but it was delayed by Toy Story. Almost a year after its release, Disney made an agreement with Pixar to make movies together. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Doctor and Joe Ranft brought up the idea of this abandoned project, A Bugs Life in late 1994.[1] The ideas for Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and WALL-E were also brought up and the three decided to have the grasshoppers demand food instead of begging for it, as it is in the fable. Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai helped influence the project. A basic story treatment was completed in 1995 and production began soon after. The movie had many technical challenges. One of the biggest technical triumphs was the simulation of crowds of ants. It would be impossible for an animator to animate every single ant in a crowd of thousands. So the technical supervisors came up with a computer program that would make every single ant in the crowd different in small ways; for example, different eye colour, skin colour, weight, or height. They would also build a several ants that could be animated. When randomly distributed through the crowds, these ants would appear to be blinking, talking, or looking in different directions.


  1. Price, David (2008). The Pixar Touch. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 158. ISBN 0-307-26575-7 .

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