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A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life movie.png
Directed by John Lasseter
Andrew Stanton
Produced by Darla K. Anderson
John Lasseter
Written by Story:
Joe Ranft
Additional Story:
Gefwee Boedoe
Jason Katz
Jorgen Klubien
Robert Lence
David Reynolds Screenplay:
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
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) November 25, 1998 (U.S.)
December 3, 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.

Release Dates

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


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. 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.

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