A Bug’s Life (1998)


(Pre-DecentFilms capsule review) Entertaining computer-animated fantasy epic of a misfit ant who with the help of the queen’s daughter aspires to liberate the colony from oppressive grasshopper terrorists. Note the superficial similarity to Antz, a more sophisticated film for an older audience, which was released at almost exactly the same time by archrival studio DreamWorks.

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1998, Disney/Pixar. Directed by John Lasseter. Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Animated.

Artistic/Entertainment Value

Moral/Spiritual Value


Age Appropriateness

Kids & Up

MPAA Rating


Caveat Spectator

Some scenes of physical abuse and verbal intimidation.

Adventure, Animation, Family, Pixar



Cars vs. A Bug’s Life: Which is Pixar’s least impressive film?

With Cars 2 approaching this weekend, I thought I’d take a look back at Cars, easily Pixar’s least impressive and celebrated film since their second picture, A Bug’s Life.


Cars (2006)

Cars is Pixar’s most improbable success to date, a film that could easily have misfired, but somehow does not.