Friday, December 3, 2010

#119. A Bug's Life (1998)

DVD Synopsis: On behalf of "oppressed bugs everywhere", an inventive ant named Flik hires "warrior bugs" to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by Hopper. But when Flik's cavalry turns out to be a ragtag group of flea circus performers, the stage is set for comic well as unlikely heroes!

This movie is pretty special in that it was the first film we ever took my oldest son to see, and he was the perfect age to love every moment of it. 

Sometimes relegated to the level of a 'lesser' Pixar film, A Bug's Life is among my favorites from the studio. There's such a spirit of joy emanating from this movie, such a warm and fuzzy feeling that I find impossible to resist. Dave Foley does a great job as the voice of Flik, the ant with a dream, and the story, lifted straight from The Seven Samurai, works just as well in a children's setting as it did a Samurai one (or, indeed, a western, seeing as The Magnificent Seven was the original remake of The Seven Samurai). Just a lot of fun from start to finish.

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