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A Bug's Life
Review written by: Alex Sandell

What's the story?

An innovative ant who wants to break out from the colony is asked by the queen-to-be and her council to go find "warrior" bugs to fight the evil Hopper, and his rotten gang of grasshoppers. What he ends up finding is a group of washed-up circus bugs who think they are going to stage yet another performance. Little do they know they're about to be the key-players in a massive war.

So how is it? (Get to the point, already)

Antz (which, in a lot of ways, is an inferior animated picture in its own right) ends up being the better of the two CGI "bug movies" released in the past couple of months.  You find better dialogue in, Antz. The cast destroys that of the one used in A Bug's Life. The animated characters themselves are better (Hopper is the only really memorable figure "Bug's Life" throws our way).  Only the animation in A Bug's Life ends up being superior to the overall superior, Antz.

A Bug's Life, with its excellent animation and humorous moments, is worth a matinee viewing, as long as some kid, with shitheads for parents, isn't kicking your seat the entire time. Geri's Game, which is the beginning short that precedes the film, is worth the price of admission alone, and is exceptionally well-done and far better than the full-length film which follows it.

A Bug's Life is not Toy Story or, as I have reluctantly said before, Antz. It will probably make 300,000,000 dollars, but money isn't everything, and neither is this film.  Still, it's good enough to make me feel okay about my purchase of Hopper.  Hell, the toy yells at you.  That's something, isn't it? 

What does it make you feel like eating?

McDonald's is hoping a Big Mac. I would put my money down on Animal Crackers.

What are you selling us here???

As with most "kid" movies, it is selling us anything it can. And it will succeed. Buy, buy, buy and don't ever look back. What the hell? It might be worth something nobody will pay ten years from now.

If it won an Oscar, what would it be?

"Biggest letdown of the year that you still sort of like" - A Bug's Life

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