Headscratchers / A Bug's Life

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     The Bird Is The Word 
  • An in-story use against the grasshoppers: that type of bird is not nocturnal.
    • It could've been woken up by the disturbances near its nest.
      • But wouldn't said bird just go back to sleep instead of charging down at whatever woke it up?
      • Maybe it fancied a snack.
      • Or more correctly, its kids did.
      • If something woke you up, wouldn't you decide to get rid of it somehow before trying to go back to sleep so it couldn't wake you up again? Her feeding it to her chicks was a way of doing this while keeping them fed.
    • Hopper doesn't strike me as the sort to bother learning that.

     Giddyup, Centipede! 
  • Would it not have made more sense to use centipedes (which are notoriously fast) as P.T. Flea's "horse" and the much-more-legged millipedes as massage therapists, as opposed to the reverse?
    • Rule of Funny and many people cannot tell them apart at a glance.
    • Plus, millipedes tend to be bigger, making them more convenient to ride on.

     No Reason For Bullying 
  • Is it just me or does Hopper seem to be bullying the ants for no reason at all? He makes such a big deal about "keeping the ants in line", even though the grasshoppers have more than enough food to stay in Mexico, where they'll never see the ants again. Is Hopper such a Card-Carrying Villain that he has to go out of his way to terrorize a bunch of ants that'll never leave their island to bother him?
    • At one point he calls it "their way of life". That's just what grasshoppers do, enslave lower insects.
    • His speech with the grains more or less sums up why he does it; he wants to keep their spirits crushed so that they never even think about rebelling.
    • And it's not that they have enough food to stay in Mexico forever, just for another year or so. Sooner or later, they'd need to go rob the ants again.
      • Exactly - they must keep up this intimidation yearly, otherwise it would wear off.
    • I believe Hopper's gang did originally need the food but by the time of the film, the gang had controlled the ants for so long that they had a bountiful stockpile. This is why some grasshoppers did ask to not return later on yet were loyal to the cause earlier in the film. Also as history has showed, even if colonies are not necessary, an emperor still wants their territories intact to stay powerful. Ant slavery also would have benefits for the grasshoppers even if food wasn't an issue.
      • A line early on in the film implies that the ants and the grasshoppers struck some sort of deal with each other, lending support to this idea.
    Hopper: Listen, if you can't keep up your end of the bargain, then I can't guarantee your safety and there are insects out there that will take advantage of you!
    • Hopper's a bully. Bullies pick on people for no reason.

     Recycling the the Stockpile 
  • I know that Hopper asked the food to be doubled because the original stockpile fell into a puddle. However, remember that the Ant colony is on an island technically, with a stream that can be crossed during droughts. Since droughts are possible, doesn't that mean the puddle that had the food would dry out and that food could be used again? And even if a drought wouldn't dry it out, building a dam would- it would require much less resources than the many months the ants used to farm the new stockpile.
    • It's possible that either the water ruined the food, or that they did recover the food and their difficulty was finding more food on top of that.
      • Bugs don't give a crap about if their food is soggy, they would eat almost anything. Did you forget the Poo-Poo Platter?
      • The grain and berries would go bad if they were wet. That's the problem.
    • The only person who knows exactly what happened to the food is Flik. As far as Hopper knows, the ants might have just decided to keep all the food for themselves. In any case, Hopper isn't really bothered about the food, he's worried about the ants realising that they outnumber the grasshoppers and rebelling (he literally spells this out in his "grain" speech). His demand is a deliberate Disproportionate Retribution in order to keep the ants demoralised and under his control.
  • What do bugs use for money?
    • Francis and the Blueberry Scouts are shown using playing poker with seeds, but seeds are pretty common and they might have not been real money since the kids are too young to own any.

     Grasshoppers Rule The Colony 
  • How exactly did those grasshoppers manage to dominate that ant colony? Ant colonies are known for being extremely protective of their queen and their offspring. If a grasshopper so much as set foot in their territory, they would immediately get swarmed and torn apart as well as eaten (since ants are omnivores). Those ants Hopper was bullying around were still quite large, with twenty being enough to take him down. Most grasshoppers who find themselves smack dab in the middle of an ant colony will try do everything in their power to escape from it as far as possible. Is that the reason Hopper was so intent on dominating them, as a way of conquering a great fear?
    • It's only the almost all-female, six-legged, compound-eyed ants that are that vicious. In other words, the real ones.
    • It's implied early in the film that the grasshoppers and the ants struck some sort of bargain with each other, with the ants gathering food for the grasshoppers and the grasshoppers keeping out any undesirable elements—likely other insects looking to take advantage of the ants as well, if what Hopper says is true. This would explain why Hopper seems slightly more cordial toward the Queen before he turns on her in the climax (wouldn't be easy to conduct business negotiations with someone if you're threatening to murder them and all) as well as being an excellent method of harkening back to the film's roots in the classical Aesop's fable.

     The Circus Hunt 
  • Why was P.T. specifically searching for the circus bugs at ant hills? He wasn't there to see Flik find them.
    • He may have asked around and found out about it (there were other witnesses around, so word of mouth would likely have been a source).

     Flik's Banishment 
  • Why should the scene where Flik is banished from the ant colony for his "warrior bugs" deception count as Angst Aversion?
    • You can always edit it yourself.

     The Food Offering 
  • Why did the ants think that it would be a good idea to keep the food elevated on rocks on the cliff side where any simple accident could cause it to tumble off the edge? Furthermore, why did they do it again after the food spilled the first time?
    • Make it easier to spot from the air maybe? It's clear they don't want the grasshoppers there any longer than they need to be there so they're going to want to take any measure they can to stop the grasshoppers hunting around for the offering. Plus the grasshoppers have almost certainly gotten used to seeing it there, so any deviation is not going to be met well.

     Dot's Search for Flik 
  • How did Dot know where to find Flik and the circus bugs after they left the island? She didn't know where they were going, and never had set foot off Ant Island before.
    • They couldn't have gone that far in the time since they left, and Dot does know how to fly now. If she flew up high enough, it wouldn't be hard to spot an animal-cracker box being towed along by a pair of centipedes.

     Tuck or Roll? 
  • How can you tell the pillbug twins Tuck & Roll apart?
    • Tuck is the one with a unibrow, Roll has regular eyebrows