August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Bug's Life

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
86 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/20/98
Wide Release Date
11/25/98
performer
Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Phyllis Diller, Brad Garrett, Madeline Kahn, Richard Kind, Denis Leary, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Edie McClurg, Roddy McDowall, Hayden Panettiere, David Hyde Pierce
director
John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
Producers
Pixar, Walt Disney Productions
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
genre
Kids and Family, Animation

STARRING THE VOICES OF Kevin Spacey, Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Denis Leary, David Hyde Pierce, Bonnie Hunt

DIRECTED BY John Lasseter

The pixar computer whizzes who made Toy Story return with a tale of an errant ant (Foley) who hires an out-of-work flea circus to battle an evil grasshopper named, natch, Hopper (Spacey). Suiting up for battle are male ladybug Leary, erudite walkingstick bug Pierce, and sexy black widow Hunt. ”The insect world’s a natural for computer animation,” says Lasseter, who spent four years on A Bug’s Life and used 12 times Toy Story‘s computer power. This Disney offering may need the muscle to compete with DreamWorks’ Antz (starring the voice of Woody Allen), which will beat it to theaters by more than a month. For Pierce, though, it’s been a learning experience: ”Now I see bugs and say, ‘Oh, that’s just like Denis Leary — smash!’ I have a greater sensitivity as I kill them.” (Nov. 20)

THE LOWDOWN Coming in second is never optimal, but if Armageddon can survive Deep Impact, Pixar can survive Woody.

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