Funny / A Bug's Life

  • Slim's Butt Monkey status as a prop. This is partly funny because his voice actor, David Hyde Pierce, plays an important role in the popular sitcom Frasier, and Slim has quite a lot of lines in the movie, but in character he always gets lousy parts.
    Slim: What's the point of goin out there? They'll only laugh at me.
    P.T. Flea: That's because you're a CLOWN!
    Slim: No, it's because I'm a PROP! You always cast me as the broom, the pole! The stick! A splinter!
    P.T. Flea: You're a walking stick. IT'S FUNNY! NOW GO!
    Slim: You parasite.
  • Francis provides a lot of funny with his short temper.
    Slim: (holding Francis to one side, admonishing some flies) "That's no way to speak to a lady."
    Francis: "I heard that, you twig!"
    • Francis is hilarious on a meta level, considering that he's a ladybug that is constantly mistaken to be a lady. And voiced by Denis Leary!
    • The Bluberries deciding to make Francis their 'den mother', much to his chagrin.
  • When Flik bursts in on the 'hospital' scene with the entire circus troupe there. It's the contrast between how Flik's so excited with his Eureka Moment, while Francis is (almost casually) making a statement that makes this so funny.
    Flik: "Hopper's afraid of birds!"
    Francis: "And I don't blame him!"
    • Just before that, Flik just sprints after Atta inadvertently gives him the bird idea.
  • "Pretend that that's a seed." "...but it's a rock." "I KNOW IT'S A ROCK! DON'T YOU THINK I KNOW A ROCK WHEN I SEE A ROCK?! I SPEND A LOTTA TIME AROUND ROCKS!"
  • Hopper telling Molt, "I swear... if I hadn't promised Mother on her deathbed that I wouldn't kill you... I would kill you!"
    • "Oh, you shoulda seen it! This bluejay — he has him halfway down his throat, okay? And Hopper — Hopper's kickin' and screamin', okay?..."
    • Immediately after Hopper's "I would kill you" line....
    Molt: And believe me, nobody appreciates that more than I do!
    Hopper: SHUT UP! I don't want to hear another word from you while we're on this island. Do you understand me?
    Molt: [whimphers]
    Hopper: (gets angry and shakes Molt) I SAID DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!
    Molt: Well, how can I answer?! You said I couldn't say another word!
    Hopper: (gets even angrier rears back his fist to punch him)
    Molt: (cowers) AH! REMEMBER MA!
    (Hopper punches out another random member of his own gang instead)
  • Flik telling the circus bugs to squish him and get it over with.
  • FLAMING DEATH!
    "Burn 'im again!"
  • Flik triumphantly soaring into the distance— and then slamming into a rock.
    Flik [muffled]: "I'm...okay!"
  • The reaction of the Circus Bugs when they realize they're supposed to fight the grasshoppers and go out in a Heroic Sacrifice.
    "We drew one of you dying because our teacher said it would be more dramatic!"
  • It's subtle, but during the scene where the gang rescue Dot from the goldfinch, you can hear an upright piano in Randy Newman's score playing several cheesy, silent movie-esque dramatic stings.
  • When Heimlich turns into a butterfly: "I'm finished! Finally, I'm a beautiful butterfly!" Then he emerges and looks exactly the same...just with a slightly different color, and itty-bitty wings.
    • "And from way up here, you all look like little ants!"
  • The Hilarious Outtakes. All of them.
    • Hopper completely failing to get Atta and Molt to take him seriously, resulting in every take being ruined by fits of laughter.
    (Near crying) "This is the fifteenth take. I cannot work like this. I will be in my trailer."
    • Dot forgetting the line "It's a rock."
    • "Spinning a web of safety IN LESS THAN FIFTEEN-" *bumps into camera and is knocked out* He even leaves a smudge on the lens!
      • Which is hilarious in a meta sense too: not only is there no lens, there's no camera!
    • The skyward shot of Dim carrying Heimlich down ending with Heimlich's face squashed against the camera.
    • The animatronic bird breaking down in mid-shoot.
    Heimlich: Does this mean we can break for lunch?
    Thumper: [in Squiggy's voice] I'm sorry, I'm sorry, can we cut? It's just that I don't feel like I'm coming across.
    • Tuck and Roll trying to jump on each other. Second take, Roll misses Tuck entirely and falls on his head. Third take, Roll jumps so high that he gets stuck on the ceiling and never comes down.
  • "I'm...the only...stick...with....eyeballs!"
  • Tuck and Roll are always funny, but plucking one of Hopper's antennae is especially funny.
  • When Flik first enters the bar, a fly can be heard yelling "Hey waiter, I'm in my soup!"
  • "Must be an Ant thing." ... "Must be a circus thing."
  • "P.T., look! MONEY!" "Where? Where?"
  • Dot taunting Thumper, prompting him to roar at her, and then Dim shows up, roars and scares him off. And Dot just stands there with a "You are screwed" face.
  • By way of Crossing the Line Twice, Hopper's death scene, Gory Discretion Shot and all. Those chicks just look so cute!
  • Slim freaking out when he sees Francis in danger from the bird: "FRANCIS FRANCIS FRANCIS FRANCIS FRANCIS FRANCIS FRANCIS FRANCIS FRANCIS FRANCIS!"
  • Manny and Gypsy's introduction.
    Manny: *long-suffering sigh* Yet again, it is up to me to rescue the performance. Gypsy! Come. *strides dramatically offscreen*
    CRASH
    Gypsy: *mildly, without looking around* The stage is the other way, dear.
    Manny: *comes walking back into frame* Yes, of course.
    • And then he forgets to let her out of the "Chinese Cabinet of Metamorphosis".
    Gypsy: *muffled, from inside a Chinese takeout box* ...Manny? Manny...!
    • Manny overdramatically "dying" during the bird scene, and Gypsy wailing in equally hammy grief.
  • Rosie... pretty much all the time.
  • "Oh, this was SUCH a bad idea!"
  • The drunk mosquito bit. Especially with Retroactive Recognition; Rodger Bumpass would later use the very same voice only a year later.
    Mosquito: Bartender! Bloody Mary! O-Positive! (Gets "Bloody Mary" splashed in front of him.) A-ha! (Drinks himself bloated).
  • Flik talks about what will happen if the colony finds out he hired circus bugs by accident;
    Flik: My children's children will walk down the street and people will point and say 'Look, there goes the spawn of Flik, the loser!'.
  • This exchange between Flik and Hopper when the bird appears and Hopper believes it to be another trick:
    "Well, what's this? Another one of your bird tricks?"
    "Yep!"
    "Are there a bunch of little girls in this one too? Hello, girls!"
    *Bird roars at him, precipitating an exquisite Oh Crap! expression*
  • This:
    Slim:: We were invited by Princess Atta as a surprise for your arrival.
    Hopper:: "Squish 'em.
  • At the beginning when Flik creates a new telescope for Atta so she can "oversee production." Then Flik demonstrates it by looking at Atta through the scope when she's standing about five feet in front of him!
    Flik: Hello, princess! My, aren't you lookin' lovely this morning! Not that you'd need a telescope to see that.
  • At Hopper's hideout in the desert, two thugs try to convince Molt into telling Hopper that going to ant island is pointless.
    Axel: We might as well be suckin' bug spray!
    Molt: Don't even say that! Ya know? That makes so much sense. You should tell Hopper!
    Loco: Sure...but it's...not really our call. You're his brother. I guess that makes you the Vice President of the gang.
    Molt: Wow! It kinda does, doesn't it? Alright then, I'll tell him. [starts to leave] I should talk to you guys more often!
    Axel: What if Hopper doesn't like it?
    Loco: Then at least the "genius" will get smacked, and not us!
    • Then when the idea (predictably) infuriates Hopper, who's in the middle of a massage.
    Molt: This is a thought and it was mine: Why go back to Ant Island at all? You don't even like grain.
    Hopper: WHAT?!
    Molt: You're right! I didn't think it was such a good idea myself! Actually, it wasn't even my idea! It was Axel and Loco's! They talked fancy to me! I GOT CONFUSED!!'
    Hopper: Hmmm....
  • "Say, how many roaches does it take to screw in a light bulb? Can't tell. Soon as the light goes on, they scatter."

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