Trivia / A Bug's Life

  • Actor Allusion: As he pretends to be dying from the fake bird attack, Manny (Jonathan Harris) cries out "Oh, the pain!"
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  • Dueling Movies: With DreamWorks' Antz. The plots are nothing alike, but how many movies do you know that are set in an ant colony?note  This duel provides the Page Quote for Dueling Works from Siskel & Ebert.
  • Executive Meddling: For the confrontation in the bar, Pixar's animators had planned out a large, anime-esque sequence, not unlike the one later seen in the movie Horton Hears a Who!. Disney suits didn't understand the scene as it was laid out to them, and the gag was reduced to Francis saying, "Shoo, fly, don't bother me."
  • Life Imitates Art / Science Marches On: Dim was supposed to be a fictional variety of generic rhinoceros beetle, not based on any species known to exist at the time. Eighteen years after the film's release, however, a new variety of rhinoceros beetle was discovered with a horn identical to Dim's; because of this, similar phenomena were categorized as "the Dim Effect."
  • Watch when the ants Zerg Rush the grasshoppers. The grasshoppers all run for it - except for Molt, Hopper's brother, who actually dives into the grass in terror. So he doesn't abandon his brother, and that's why he's still around at the end.
    • He also sheds his entire chitin skin all at once as he makes the dive.