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|Bug's Life, A
by Chris Parry
So you thought Antz was good? Oh, baby. You're gonna know real soon what good is. For there is only one bug movie this summer, and Woody Allen ain't in it. A Bug's Life kicks the holy living shit out of Antz in every facet of filmmaking.With Antz you have A-list celebrity voices filling every available slot and generally detracting from the events on film. In A Bug's Life the actors are all TV actors (with the exception of the awesome Kevin Spacey) and their voices fit their roles to perfection. They don't overpower their alter-ego's, they complement them wonderfully.
"Makes Antz look like a sad, rushed effort. Bring me a Happy Meal."
In Antz the humor comes almost soley from Woody Allen's monologues. In A Bug's Life the humor comes from everywhere. The story, the cast, the characters, the superb direction and script.
But most importantly in this battle of animated insect features, A Bug's Life demonstrates vastly superior animation not only to Antz but also to Pixar's previous hit, Toy Story.
And there's no annoying musical numbers!!! Yay Disney!!
Here's the story. Flik (Foley) is an ant. He's kind of a thinker. The creative type. When he inadvertantly causes the evil Hopper (Spacey), leader of the grasshoppers, to get pissed at Flik's colony, Flik is sent away to find some warrior insects to help fight the evil grasshopper hordes and restore freedom to his colony.
He thinks he's found the answer to his prayers in a bunch of bugs he meets in a bar, but Flik is mistaken. These bugs aren't warriors, they're performers in a flea circus.
I won't give any more of the film away, but suffice it to say that there is not a dull moment. The characters have infinitely more personality than those in Antz, the jokes are neither forced, nor flat, nor aimed at a low IQ, and the voiceovers don't detract from the story in any way.
You don't see Elaine behind Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character, you don't feel like you're in an episode of Newsradio with Dave Foley's.
The cast, including Foley, Spacey, Louis-Dreyfus, Denis Leary, Phyllis Diller, Bonnie Hunt and Dr Smith from the original Lost In Space, are all superb. In fact, the movie has no downside as far as I'm concerned. As I left I overheard words such as "brilliant" and "awesome film" from adults and children alike.
For what it is, A Bug's Life is as good as it's likely to get. The animation technology has hit the point where it can look no better, the jokes are genuinely funny, the story is well paced and fun.
If you enjoyed Antz, you'll adore this. If you disliked Antz, you'll still adore this.
Be warned. Do not leave this movie early. The credits are quite possibly the funniest part of the movie.This get's my highest recommendation. Don't be fooled by rushed imitations. A Bug's Life is a damn masterpiece. Pixar has done it again.
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originally posted: 10/22/98 19:46:12