Pixar Animation Studios is a United States computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California and is known for winning seven Academy Awards. Pixar is famous for the CGI-animated films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Cars-achieved in the implementation of the use of photorealistic RenderMan, the API application programming, from RenderMan is used to produce high quality images. On January 24, 2006, The Walt Disney Companyagreed to buy Pixar for $ 7.4 billion with meniagakan all of its shares. Acquisition wascompleted on May 5, 2006 (swapping one Pixar share for 2.3 shares of Disney), making Pixara subsidiary fully owned by Disney. A Bugs Life is a 1998 American CGI animated film produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States on November 25, 1998. A Bugs Life was the second Disney·Pixar feature film after Toy Story, and the third American computer- animated film after Toy Story and DreamWorks Antz. Based on Akira Kurosawas film Seven Samurai, and Aesops fable "The Ant and the Grasshopper", it tells the tale of an oddball individualist inventor ant named Flik who hires what he thinks are "warrior bugs" – actually circus performers – to fight off a small band of grasshoppers who have made the ant colony their servants. The film was directed by John Lasseter, and was co-directed by Andrew Stanton. John Lasseter, director of Pixars movie phenomenon Toy Story, has setnew standards in computer animation with this effort, another Disney-released childrens epicentitled A Bugs Life. Blending classic Disney storytelling characters and the mysteriousunderground world of bugs, Lasseter has created a film that can be enjoyed by all audiences,and another franchise in the process. A Bugs Life is a computerized retelling of the Aesopfable The Ant and the Grasshopper, made as a cartoon-short by the one-and-only, WaltDisney, in the mid-30s. However, A Bugs Life has modernized the story with many newtwists and celebrity voices. The story focuses on a colony of ants who seasonally gather foodfor themselves and a wild gang of rowdy grasshoppers. When bumbling worker ant Flik(David Foley) destroys the food supply, the angry grasshoppers, lead by the maniacallywarped Hopper (Kevin Spacey), threaten to kill the ants if they dont produce a new supply offood by the time they return -- an impossible feat. Flik leaves the anthill in search of help inthe form of bigger bugs, and to wage war against the grasshoppers. What he doesnt know ishe has actually discovered a group of down-on-their-luck traveling circus insects in need of ajob. When the ants realize that their heroes are really circus performers (and the circus bugsrealize these grasshoppers are really big and mean), the situation goes from bad to worse.Ultimately, the ants use their large numbers to overcome the grasshoppers.
characteristics- Success Is The Best Revenge- Underdogs- Risk- Threat- Jeopardy- Danger- Battle [war]- Circus- CombatContents[hide] 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Music 5 Reception o 5.1 Critical o 5.2 Box office o 5.3 Awards o 5.4 American Film Institute 6 Home release 7 Media and merchandise o 7.1 Attached short film o 7.2 Video game o 7.3 Theme park attractions Plot Flik is an oddball, individualist and would-be inventor in a colony of ants that is oppressed by a gang of marauding grasshoppers, who arrive every season demanding food from the ants. Flik is always unappreciated due to his inventions causing trouble. While testing his new invention, a harvester to pick fruit more efficiently, Flik accidentally knocks the offering that the ants were putting together to appease the grasshoppersinto a stream. Given a temporary reprieve by the grasshoppers, the ants agree to Fliks plan torecruit "warrior bugs" to fight off the grasshoppers - Flik actually believes the plan, while theother ants see it as a fools errand to get rid of Flik.Flik finds his way to the "big city" (a garbage dump), where he mistakes a group of circusbugs, whose act collapses into chaos, for the warrior bugs hes seeking. The bugs, meanwhile,mistake Flik for a talent agent, and agree to travel with him back to Ant Island.
The bugs earn the ants respect after they save the Queens daughter, Dot, from a bird. A birdattack inspires Flik into making a plan to build a fake bird to scare away Hopper, leader ofthe grasshoppers, who is deeply afraid of bug-eating birds. Eventually, the circus ringmaster,P.T. Flea, arrives searching for the circus bugs. Angered at Fliks deception, the ants exilehim.The ants desperately try to pull together enough food for a new offering to the grasshoppers,but are unable to do so. Dot, upon overhearing Hoppers plan to kill the queen after theoffering, leaves the colony in search of Flik and convinces him to return and put his originalplans to action to save the queen. The plan nearly works, but P.T. Flea mistakes the model fora actual bird and sets it on fire, causing Hopper to realized that he has been tricked. He ordersone of his grasshoppers to attack Flik, whom he then proceeds to finish himself. Before hecan do so, Princess Atta steps in and defends Flik, prompting the rest of the colony to standup to the grasshoppers and fight them out of the colony. In the chaos, Hopper viciouslypursues Flik, who leads him to an actual birds nest, where he is ultimately eaten by babychicks. Flik is welcomed back to the colony, and the circus bugs join him in a celebration.Princess Atta kisses Flik and is given her mothers, The Queens, crown, making Princess Attathe Queen. Cast Dave Foley as Flik: An ant who wants to make a difference for his colony. Kevin Spacey as Hopper: The leader of the grasshoppers. Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Princess Atta: The eldest daughter and heir of The Queen, Dots older sister and Fliks love interest. Hayden Panettiere as Dot: The Queens youngest daughter, Attas younger sister and one of Fliks friends. Denis Leary as Francis: A Ladybug who is part of P.T. Fleas circus troupe. David Hyde Pierce as Slim: A Walking Stick who is part of P.T. Fleas circus troupe. Joe Ranft as Heimlich: A Caterpillar who is part of P.T. Fleas circus troupe. Richard Kind as Molt: Hoppers younger brother. Phyllis Diller as The Queen: Atta and Dots mother and the leader of the ants. Jonathan Harris as Manny: A Praying Mantis who is part of P.T. Fleas circus troupe. Madeline Kahn as Gypsy: Mannys wife. Bonnie Hunt as Rosie: A Spider who acts like a mother figure to Dim and the younger ants in the colony. Brad Garrett as Dim: A Rhinoceros Beetle who acts like a son to Rosie. Mike McShane as Tuck and Roll: Two Woodlice who are part of P.T. Fleas circus troupe. John Ratzenberger as P.T. Flea: A Flea who is the boss of the circus troupe. Roddy McDowall as Mr Soil: A head ant in the colony and a thespian. Edie McClurg as Dr. Flora: The doctor of the ant colony. Jack Angel as Flies Frank Welker as The Bird, The Birds chicks David Lander as Thumper: Hoppers bouncer. Production
In 1988 Disney had considered producing a film entitled "Army Ants", that centered around apacifist ant living in a militaristic colony. however the idea never fully materialized.In 1994, while working on Toy Story, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and JoeRanft attended a lunch to discuss future projects. They talked about doing Aesops fable "TheAnt and the Grasshopper", but with a twist. They eventually decided that instead of havingthe Grasshopper beg for food, it would demand it. The Japanese film Seven Samurai byAkira Kurosawa influenced the story. In early versions Flik was an ant named Red and waspart of P.Ts Circus. However this created several story problems and he was changed to theant sent to hire the warrior bugs. The characters of "Tuck and Roll" were inspired bydrawing that Andrew Stanton did of two bugs fighting when he was in Second Grade.Kevin Spacey met John Lasseter at the 1995 Academy Awards (Spacey being there for BestActor in a Supporting Role for The Usual Suspects and Lasseter being there for AcademySpecial Achievement Award for Toy Story). When Lasseter asked Spacey if he would beinterested in doing the voice of Hopper, Spacey was delighted.For research, Pixar ordered a tiny camera, put Lego wheels on it, attached it to a stick andnamed it the "Bug-Cam". The "Bug-Cam" was then wheeled out onto the garden of Pixar inorder to see what small objects looked like from a bugs point of view. The artists wereamazed by the translucency of the world. Lasseter claimed "It was like living in a world ofstained glass windows." The animators also studied the movement of insects to apply to thecharacters.The technical artists created crowd simulation, allowing the film makers to create over 430shots with over 800 characters in the frame without having to animate every single ant. Theanimators would only animate 4–5 groups of approximately 8 individual universal ants. Eachone of these universal ants would later be randomly distributed through out the digital set.The program also allowed each ant to be automatically modified in subtle ways (e.g. differenteye color, different skin color, different heights, different weights etc.). This made sure thatno two ants were the same.DreamWorks Animations similar film Antz was released a little more than a month before ABugs Life. DreamWorks Jeffrey Katzenberg left Disney in 1994 and said the idea for Antzcame from a 1991 story pitch by Tim Johnson that was related to Katzenberg in October1994. Pixar head John Lasseter said he felt "betrayed" when he learned Antz was scheduledfor release before A Bugs Life. According to Lasseter and Steve Jobs, Katzenberg offeredto stop development of Antz if Disney moved the release date of A Bugs Life, which wascoming out opposite DreamWorks Animations The Prince of Egypt. Pixar refused.The release date of Antz was moved up from March 1999 to October 1998 in response toPixars refusal. Even though A Bugs Life was the first to be pitched, Antz was finished andreleased first. A Bugs Life, however, was more profitable. Music A Bugs Life: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Randy NewmanReleased October 27, 1998Recorded 1997–1998Genre ScoreLength 47:32Label Walt Disney Pixar soundtrack chronology Toy Story A Bugs Life Toy Story 2 (1995) (1998) (1999) A Bugs Life: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack is the original soundtrack album to A Bugs Life, produced by Walt Disney Records. The first track of the album is song called "The Time of Your Life" written and performed by Newman, while all the other tracks are orchestral cues. The album has gone off the market but is available for purchase on iTunes. The score won the Grammy Award for Best InstrumentalComposition Written for Motion Picture or TelevisionAll songs written and composed by Randy Newman.No. Title Length 1. "The Time of Your Life" (performed by Newman) 3:16 2. "The Flik Machine" 2:54 3. "Seed to Tree" 1:01 4. "Red Alert" 1:49 5. "Hopper and his Gang" 3:21 6. "Flik Leaves" 2:37 7. "Circus Bugs" 1:27 8. "The City" 2:35 9. "Robin Hood" 0:5910. "Return to Colony" 1:3311. "Fliks Return" 1:2412. "Loser" 2:4313. "Dots Rescue" 4:0014. "Atta" 1:08
15. "Dont Come Back" 1:0716. "Grasshoppers Return" 3:0117. "The Bird Flies" 2:3818. "Ants Fight Back" 2:1419. "Victory" 2:3320. "A Bugs Life Suite" 5:12Reception This section requires expansion. CriticalThe film received positive reviews and critical acclaim upon release. Review aggregateRotten Tomatoes reports that 91% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 81reviews, with an average score of 7.9/10. The critical consensus is "A Bugs Life is a cleverand enjoyable movie with great animation." Another review aggregator, Metacritic, whichassigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a scoreof 77 based on 23 reviews." Box office A Bugs Life grossed approximately $33,258,052 on its opening weekend, easilyranking it #1 for that weekend. The film managed to retain its #1 spot for up to three weeks.The film also made approximately $162.7 million in its United States theatrical run, easilycovering its estimated production costs of $45 million. The film made $200,600,000 inforeign countries. The film made a worldwide gross of $363.3 million, surpassing thecompetition from DreamWorks Animations Antz. AwardsMain article: List of Pixar awards and nominations (feature films)#A Bugs Life American Film InstituteThe American Film Institute nominated A Bugs Life for its Top 10 Animated Films list. Home releaseThe DVD of the film was the first wholly digital transfer of a feature film to a digitalplayback medium. No analog processes came between the creation of the computer imagesand their representation on the DVD.The pan and scan or full screen version of the video (on the DVD as well as VHS releases)has been reframed and restaged; rather than sacrifice image in some parts of the film, theframe has been extended or objects moved to fit the narrower aspect ratio. Pixar continuedthis process on its later video releases. Also, different characters (Flik, Dot, Francis, Hopper,
and Heimlich) were on one (by themselves) cover of the video cover, considered a collectiblein many cases.To show off its new DVD capabilities, a copy of the film was included with the Apple iMacDV, which made its debut in 1999. A laserdisc version was also released in Japan by Pioneer,one of the last.The widescreen version of the film preserves its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1. A Bugs Life isthe first fully computer animated feature to be created with this ratio.A set of "fluffs" and "outtakes" was included, in which various animated characters corpse or"blow" their dialog. In one, Flik yells the line "To infinity, and beyond!", quoting BuzzLightyear from an earlier Pixar film, Toy Story. Later, Woody leans into view with an upsidedown clapperboard to mark the end of a botched take.On May 27, 2003, another DVD was released as a 2-disc Collectors Edition. This DVD isfully remastered and has substantial bonus features about the film, and is the current DVDrelease today. On May 19, 2009, a Blu-ray version was released. These versions included aDisneyFile Digital Copy. Media and merchandise Attached short filmMain article: Geris GameTheatrical and video releases of this film include Geris Game, a Pixar short made in 1997, ayear before this film was released. Video gameMain article: A Bugs Life (video game) Theme park attractions A Bugs Land is a section of Disneys California Adventure is entirely dedicated to ABugs Life. One of the main attractions is the 3D show Its Tough to Be a Bug! which is alsoin Disneys Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Disney CaliforniaAdventure attraction, World of Color features a segment focused on A Bugs Life.