A Bug's Life
Studio: Pixar Release Date : November 20, 1998 Series: Disney / Pixar Theatrical Feature
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Synopsis

Flik, an inventive ant, searches for a group of warrior bugs to drive away the grasshoppers that are terrorizing his colony, but he ends up finding a group of circus bugs instead.


Distributor(s)

Buena Vista Distribution

Clips Used In:

Your Friend the Rat

Inside Jokes

  • Flik passes by a box with "A113-1195" printed on it as he first enters the city. A113 is a room in CalArts, the school both directors are alumni of. "1195" refers to the release date of Toy Story (November 1995).
  • Directors John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton voice the two bugs who appear briefly next to a bug zapper.

Milestones

  • The first computer-animated film to be animated in 2.35:1 widescreen (although an alternate reframed full screen version was made for VHS and as an presentation option for the DVD allowing for characters and objects to be moved in closer to frame rather than being cropped from the widescreen version).
  • The DVD release marked the first ever film (animation or otherwise) to feature an all-digital video transfer with every single frame of animation being readded from the film’s computer data, rather than an analog film-to-videotape transfer.

Trivia

  • This film was loosely inspired by the Aesop fable "The Ant and the Grasshopper".
  • The Pixar-produced short "Geri's Games" accompanied this film during its theatrical release.

VHS

United States

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life (Widescreen)
A Bug's Life

DVD

United States

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life Collector's Edition
A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life Collector's Edition

BluRay Disc

United States

A Bug's Life : 2 Disc Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack
A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 36295
MPAA Rating: G
Animation Type: Computer Animation (CGI)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: DTS
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: Digital
Cinematographic Format: Pixar Digital Widescreen
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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Credits

Director

John Lasseter

Animator

Michael Berenstein
Dylan Brown
Sandy Christiensen
Scott Clark
Brett Coderre
David DeVan
Andrew Gordon
Tim Hittle
John Kahrs
Karen Kiser
Shawn P. Krause
Bankole Lasekan
Dan Lee
Les Major
Daniel Mason
Billy Merritt
James Ford Murphy
Mark Oftedal
Michael Parks
Sanjay Patel
Bobby Podesta
Jeff Pratt
Karen Prell
Roger Rose (I)
Andrew H. Schmidt
Steve Segal
Doug Sheppeck
Alan Sperling
Doug Sweetland
David Tart
J. Warren Trezevant
Mark Walsh
Tasha Wedeen

Music

Randy Newman

Voices

Dave Foley
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Kevin Spacey
Hayden Panettiere
Denis Leary
David Hyde Pierce
Bonnie Hunt
Brad Garrett
Joe Ranft
Madeline Gail ("Madeline Kahn") Wolfson
Jonathan Harris
Michael McShane
John Ratzenberger
Phyllis Diller
Roddy McDowall
Richard Kind
Alex Rocco
Edie McClurg
David Ossman
Carlos Alazraqui

Character Design

Bob Pauley

Producer

Darla K. Anderson
Kevin Reher

Art Direction

Tia W. Kratter
Bob Pauley

Co-Director

Andrew Stanton

Director of Photography

Sharon Calahan

Production Design

William Cone

Supervising Animator

Glenn McQueen
Rich Quade

Story Supervision

Joe Ranft

Additional Story

Geefwee Boedoe
Jason Katz
Jorgen Klubien
Robert Lence
David Reynolds

Screenplay

Andrew Stanton
Donald McEnery
Bob Shaw

Storyboard Artist

Max Brace
Ash Brannon
Jim Capobianco
Jason Katz
Jorgen Klubien
Robert Lence
Bud Luckey
Bob Peterson
Andrew Stanton
Nathan Stanton

Additional Storyboards

Geefwee Boedoe
Jill Culton
Pete Docter
Davey Crockett Feiten
Harley Jessup
Jeff Pidgeon

Supervising Film Editor

Lee Unkrich

Supervising Technical Director

William Reeves
Eben Ostby

Original Story

John Lasseter
Andrew Stanton
Joe Ranft

Visual Development

Peter DeSeve
Steve Johnson
Lou Fancher
Bruce Zick
William Joyce
Dave Gordon
Paul Kratter
Jean Gillmore
Fred Warter
Kevin Donahue
Rick Maki

Sound Designer

Gary Rydstrom

Additional Character Design

Dan Lee
Jason Katz
Bud Luckey
Geefwee Boedoe
James Ford Murphy
Sanjay Patel
Tasha Wedeen

Lead CG Painter

Robin Cooper

Animation Manager

Kori Rae

Senior Layout Artist

Craig Good




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    John Lasseter: Director
    • "Pixarpedia: A Complete Guide to the World of Pixar... and Beyond!"

    Andrew Stanton: Co-Director
    • "Pixarpedia: A Complete Guide to the World of Pixar... and Beyond!"

    Darla K. Anderson: Producer
    • "Pixarpedia: A Complete Guide to the World of Pixar... and Beyond!"

    Kevin Reher: Producer
    • "Pixarpedia: A Complete Guide to the World of Pixar... and Beyond!"

    John Lasseter: Original Story
    • "Pixarpedia: A Complete Guide to the World of Pixar... and Beyond!"

    Andrew Stanton: Original Story
    • "Pixarpedia: A Complete Guide to the World of Pixar... and Beyond!"

    Joe Ranft: Original Story
    • "Pixarpedia: A Complete Guide to the World of Pixar... and Beyond!"

    Sharon Calahan: Director of Photography
    • "Pixarpedia: A Complete Guide to the World of Pixar... and Beyond!"

    William Cone: Production Design
    • "Pixarpedia: A Complete Guide to the World of Pixar... and Beyond!"

    Randy Newman: Music
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    Joe Ranft: Story Supervision
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    Glenn McQueen: Supervising Animator
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    Rich Quade: Supervising Animator
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    Gary Rydstrom: Sound Designer
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    Max Brace: Storyboard Artist
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    Ash Brannon: Storyboard Artist
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    Jim Capobianco: Storyboard Artist
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    Jason Katz: Storyboard Artist
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    Jorgen Klubien: Storyboard Artist
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    Robert Lence: Storyboard Artist
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    Bud Luckey: Storyboard Artist
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    Bob Peterson: Storyboard Artist
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    Andrew Stanton: Storyboard Artist
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    Nathan Stanton: Storyboard Artist
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    Geefwee Boedoe: Additional Storyboards
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    Jill Culton: Additional Storyboards
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    Pete Docter: Additional Storyboards
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    Harley Jessup: Additional Storyboards
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    Jeff Pidgeon: Additional Storyboards
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    Geefwee Boedoe: Additional Story
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    Jason Katz: Additional Story
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    Bob Shaw: Screenplay
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    Lee Unkrich: Supervising Film Editor
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    William Reeves: Supervising Technical Director
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    Eben Ostby: Supervising Technical Director
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    Tia W. Kratter: Art Direction
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    Bob Pauley: Art Direction
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    Jason Katz: Additional Character Design
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    Bud Luckey: Additional Character Design
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    Geefwee Boedoe: Additional Character Design
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    James Ford Murphy: Additional Character Design
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    Sanjay Patel: Additional Character Design
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    Tasha Wedeen: Additional Character Design
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    Kori Rae: Animation Manager
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    Robin Cooper: Lead CG Painter
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    Craig Good: Senior Layout Artist
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    Peter DeSeve: Visual Development
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