A few years back, Pixar and Disney joined together to bring us Toy Story, a fun, original film containing some of the best graphics found anywhere. Completely computerized, it set a new standard for animated films, and urged the production of more. Now, Pixar has created A Bug's Life, a rich, beautiful movie that will excite people of all ages. Unlike Toy Story, which was mainly a collection of geometric shapes, A Bug's Life is completely outdoors, requiring new kinds of computer-generated graphics to do the grass, the trees, and everything else...
To start things off, I did not see Antz (which premiered approximately a month before A Bug's Life came out), so there will be no comparison. I find it odd, however, that two separate companies would choose a subject so closely related, and have them come out at the same time. If Antz is anything like A Bug's Life, though, it has to be pretty good.
The graphics in A Bug's Life are spectacular, to put it plainly. They look just cartoonish enough to be a cartoon, but not animated enough to be an animated film. The setting in the movie is extremely life-like, and some of the textures make some objects look like photographs. The ants themselves are very life-like (but not realistic-looking, of course), and the grasshoppers were especially pleasing.
Much like Toy Story, A Bug's Life was amusing but not laugh-out-loud funny. While some parts had me squirming, the majority of it was just cute. My attention roamed in a few parts but overall, I was fixed on the screen. The characters, especially the circus bugs, were great and appealing; my favorites were the squishy caterpillar and the foreign potato bugs. Kevin Spacey also did a great job as Hopper, the grasshopper rulers, and some other familiar voices could be heard as well.
A Bug's Life is a winner in my book... Oh, and actually stick around for the credits. The bloopers they show are the best part of the movie, and the funniest.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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