A Bug's Life
Studio: Pixar Release Date : November 20, 1998 Series: Disney / Pixar Theatrical Feature
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Flik, an inventive ant, searches for a group of warrior bugs to drive away the grasshoppers that are terrorizing his colony, but he ends up finding a group of circus bugs instead.


(Voice: Dave Foley)


Nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar): Best Original Score (Randy Newman)


Buena Vista Distribution

Clips Used In:

Your Friend the Rat
Flik's Musical Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Inside Jokes

  • Flik passes by a box with "A113-1195" printed on it as he first enters the city. A113 is a room in CalArts, the school both directors are alumni of. "1195" refers to the release date of Toy Story (November 1995).
  • Directors John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton voice the two bugs who appear briefly next to a bug zapper.


  • The first computer-animated film to be animated in 2.35:1 widescreen (although an alternate reframed full screen version was made for VHS and as an presentation option for the DVD allowing for characters and objects to be moved in closer to frame rather than being cropped from the widescreen version).
  • The DVD release marked the first ever film (animation or otherwise) to feature an all-digital video transfer with every single frame of animation being readded from the film’s computer data, rather than an analog film-to-videotape transfer.


  • This film was loosely inspired by the Aesop fable "The Ant and the Grasshopper".
  • The Pixar-produced short "Geri's Games" accompanied this film during its theatrical release.


United States

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life (Widescreen)
A Bug's Life


United States

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life Collector's Edition
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A Bug's Life Collector's Edition

BluRay Disc

United States

A Bug's Life : 2 Disc Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack
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A Bug's Life

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 36295
MPAA Rating: G
Animation Type: Computer Animation (CGI)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: DTS
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: Digital
Cinematographic Format: Pixar Digital Widescreen
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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