A BUGS LIFE
There are a remarkable number of similarities between both A Bug's Life and Antz both are centred around life in an ants nest that is under threat from a militant general; both feature an idealistic and individualistic underdog hero striking it out into the uncharted territories of the big, wild world; both feature the hero falling in love with a princess who remains above his station. Both films also have a uniquely similar sense of humour when it comes to the heros discovery of the larger (human) world the fabled Insectopia in Antz and the great insect Metropolis here. The Metropolis here amusingly proves to be a caravan in the wilderness where moths try to prevent others becoming spellbound by the lantern and insect derelicts sit on the sidewalk holding signs A Kid Pulled My Wings Off. In insect bars, ticks order Bloody Mary O+ and waiters call out orders Okay, who ordered the dung? (A Bug's Life has a decidedly eccentric sense of humour the end credits feature a series of animated out-takes, deliberately spoofing films that place bloopers over the end credits, something that became an ongoing joke through subsequent Pixar films).
Of the two films, Antz is the better. There is more to its story of an innocent making his way in a larger incomprehensible human world. A Bug's Life starts out in the same direction but abandons it whereupon the story becomes a rehash of The Seven Samurai (1954)/The Magnificent Seven (1960). The film has sufficient sense of humour to send up expectations like having the insect mercenaries turn out to be a troupe of actors the hero has mistaken for great warriors. Nevertheless, the story falls into familiar patterns Antz had far more in its sense of wonder, slowly opening up the world that is familiar to us through an ants eyes. The animation is excellent, better than the otherwise sterling work in Antz the grasshopper general comes lip-synched for example. Overall though, A Bug's Life is one of Pixars lesser films.
A Bug's Life was the second film from Pixar. The other Pixar films are:- Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Wall-E (2008), Up (2009), Brave (2012), The Good Dinosaur (2015) and Inside Out (2015).
(No. 3 on the SF, Horror & Fantasy Box-Office Top 10 of 1998 list).