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A Bug's Life
Directed byJohn Lasseter
Andrew Stanton
Produced byDarla K. Anderson
John Lasseter
Written byStory:
Joe Ranft
Additional Story:
Gefwee Boedoe
Jason Katz
Jorgen Klubien
Robert Lence
David Reynolds Screenplay:
Andrew Stanton
Don McEnery
Bob Shaw
Brad Bird
StarringDave 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 byRandy Newman
CinematographySharon Calahan
Edited byLee Unkrich
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
November 25, 1998 (U.S.)
December 3, 1998 (AUS)
February 5, 1999 (UK)
February 7, 2003 (re-release)
Running time
96 minutes
Budget$45 million
Box officeWorldwide:
$363.3 million

A Bug's Life is a 1998 movie made by Pixar. It follows the conflict between ants and grasshoppers in the world of insects. It is a retelling of a fable by Aesop, The Ant and the Grasshopper.


  • Dave Foley as Flik
  • Kevin Spacey as Hopper
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Princess Atta
  • Hayden Panettiere as Dot
  • Phyllis Diller as Queen
  • Richard Kind as Molt
  • David Hyde Pierce as Slim
  • Joe Ranft as Heimlich
  • Denis Leary as Francis
  • Jonathan Harris as Manny
  • Madeline Kahn as Gypsy
  • Bonnie Hunt as Rosie
  • Michael McShane as Tuck and Roll
  • John Ratzenberger as P.T. Flea
  • Brad Garrett as Dim
  • Roddy McDowall as Mr. Soil
  • Edie McClurg as Dr. Flora
  • Alex Rocco as Thorny
  • David L. Lander as Thumper
  • David Ossman as Cornelius
  • Jack Angel as Thud
  • Phil Proctor as Slick
  • Rodger Bumpass as Harry Mosquito
  • Brian M. Rosen as Fly Brothers
  • Mickie McGowan as Cockroach Waitress and Mosquito Waitress
  • Additional Voices Charlie Adler, Carlos Alazraqui, Matt Adler, Newell Alexander, Rosemary Alexander, Steve Alterman, Tom Amundsen, Jack Angel, Stephen Apostolina, Michael Bell, Jeff Bennett, Jodi Benson, Jack Blessing, Bob Bergen, Gregg Berger, William Calvert, Kimberly Brooks, Lara Cody, Rodger Bumpass, Catherine Cavadini, Steve Bulen, Doc Kane, Corey Burton, June Christopher, Philip L. Clarke, Cam Clarke, Michael Corbett, Robert Clotworthy, David Cowgill,Gary Rydstrom, Monique Donnelly, Jim Cummings, Wendy Cutler, Jennifer Darling, Rachel Davey, Debi Derryberry, Dan Gilvezan, Paul Eiding, Ike Eisenmann, Bill Farmer, Jeannie Elias, Laurie Faso, Kerrigan Mahan, John DeMita, Greg Finley, Chad Einbinder, Jennifer Crystal, June Foray, Patrick Fraley, Craig Good, Brian George, Richard Epcar, Jeff Fischer, Eddie Frierson, Elisa Gabrielli, Jackie Gonneau, Nicholas Guest, Archie Hahn, Jess Harnell, Bridget Hoffman, Nick Jameson, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rif Hutton, Edie Lehmann-Boddicker, Tom Wyner, Kitt Hiraski, Neil Kaplan, Anges MacLane, Luara Jackman, Rosanna Huffman, Carole Jeghers, Daamen J. Krall, Marsha Kramer, Steve Kramer, Anne Lockhart, John Lasseter, Sonoko Konishi, Sherry Lynn, Tress MacNeille, Danny Mann, Barbara Goodson, Mickie McGowan, Edie Mirman, Jonathan Nichols, Jeff Pidgeon, Paul Pape, Patrick Pinney, Bob Papenbrook, Tony Pope, Phil Proctor, Derek Stephen Prince, Brianne Siddall-Brozey, Jan Rabson, Peter Renaday, Bobbi Page, Jonathan Null, Bob Peterson, Bret Parker, Michael Sorich, Kori Rae, Tony Oliver, Al Rodrigo, Randy Thom, Joe Ranft, Sally Steven, Andrew Stanton, Terrence Stone, Justin Shenkarow, Steve Susskind, Skip Stellrecht, Kath Soucie, Doug Stone, Russi Taylor, Wally Wingert, Frank Welker, Claudette Wells, Lee Unkrich, David Zyler, Jim Ward, Brian Tochi, Dave Wittenberg.
  • Additional Children's Voices Jessica Evans, Sam Gifald, Courtland Mead, Ryan O'Donohue, Jordan Ranft, Franchesca Smith, Travis Tedford, Ashley Tisdale , Jadon Warkol,


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Release dates

Country Premiere
 United States 25 November 1998
 Argentina 3 December 1998
 Australia 3 December 1998
 Malaysia 3 December 1998
 New Zealand 3 December 1998
 Singapore 4 December 1998
 Peru 10 December 1998
 South Korea 12 December 1998
 Brazil 18 December 1998
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 25 December 1998
 Hungary 4 February 1999
 Spain 5 February 1999
 United Kingdom 5 February 1999
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 5 February 1999
 Norway 5 February 1999
 Sweden 5 February 1999
 Taiwan 6 February 1999
 Belgium 10 February 1999
 France 10 February 1999
 Germany 11 February 1999
 Netherlands 11 February 1999
 Austria 12 February 1999
 Switzerland 12 February 1999 (German speaking region)
 Denmark 12 February 1999
 Iceland 12 February 1999
 Italy 12 February 1999
 Portugal 12 February 1999
 Slovenia 18 February 1999
 Slovakia 18 February 1999
 Finland 19 February 1999
 Czech Republic 25 February 1999
 Japan 13 March 1999
Flag of Israel.svg 18 March 1999
Flag of Estonia (bordered).svg 19 March 1999
 Turkey 19 March 1999
 Kuwait 24 March 1999
 Russia 12 May 2001

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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 the 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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