A Bug's Life (1998)

A BUG'S LIFE is a colorful confection.  Inventive as all get-out, 
funny to the point of tear-inducing, and featuring Pixar's most 
accomplished animation to date.  Solid vocal work, too, with a 
show-stopping (and perhaps Oscar-nominatable?) turn from Kevin 
Spacey as the villainous Hopper.  (The plot:  wacky circus bugs 
rescue ant colony from gang of grasshoppers.)  Eh, the score could 
be better and the overstuffed script stronger-- this ain't no TOY 
STORY-- but there's so much to marvel at, great and small, that 
both you and your maggots are guaranteed a good buzz.  And stay 
through the closing credits for a faux blooper reel that's almost 
as good as the film itself.  With the voices of Dave Foley, Julia 
Louis-Dreyfus, Phyllis Diller, Brad Garrett, Jonathan Harris, Bon-
nie Hunt, David Hyde Pierce, Madeline Kahn, Richard Kind, and 
Denis Leary.  Shown with Pixar's 1997 Academy Award-winning short 
GERI'S GAME.  (Rated "G"/80 min.)

Grade: B+

Copyright 1998 Michael J. Legeros
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Originally posted to triangle.movies as MOVIE HELL: November 29, 1998

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