YMMV / A Bug's Life

  • Ear Worm: The little flute-sounding song that some ants are performing for the circus bugs.
  • Ending Fatigue: Three separate climaxes coming right after the other.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Hopper and Flik. Some people couldn't explain why they kept watching their No-Holds-Barred Beatdown scene repeatedly when they were children, they sure can as they got older.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When the kid ants show the mural of the Circus bugs violently fighting the Grasshoppers, Dot points to a drawing of one of them dead, since the teacher insisted "it'd be more dramatic". The one they depicted dead was Heimlich who was voiced by Pixar mainstay, Joe Ranft. Ranft was sadly killed in a car wreck in 2005.
  • Genius Bonus: Those familiar with black widow spider mating habits might view some of Rosie's lines in a different light. See also Getting Crap Past the Radar.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Kevin Spacey himself would find out just how true that "getting buried by acorns" analogy was, as his career survived a few singular accusations of sexual abuse over the years, but was finally destroyed when a whole bunch came at once in 2017.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Dim's species was conceived as a fictional variety of rhino beetles. Eight years later it's discovered to be not so fictional after all.
    • In the competing film, Antz, the main villain was voiced by Gene Hackman, who played Lex Luthor in Superman. In this film, the main villain is voiced by Kevin Spacey, who would later play Lex Luthor in Superman Returns.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Molt and Princess Atta, in two different ways. Also, the ant colony themselves during the Darkest Hour brought upon themselves.
  • Love to Hate: Hopper without a doubt.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • At first, Hopper's affair with the ants seems to be about food, and he seems Affably Evil when in a good mood. However, his attempt to feed Dot to Thumper has him come across as Faux Affably Evil. If that wasn't bad enough the next time he appears, it seems as though he's given up on his next planned raid of Ant Island on the grounds that the grasshoppers had more than enough food where they were. But then he pretends that he remembered that one ant (Flik) had tried to stand up to him and, in a visual demonstration of a potential ant rebellion using the grasshoppers' grain storage, proceeds to kill a brace of henchmen by crushing them under a pile of grain. That, along with his "keeping those ants in line" speech, is enough to convince the grasshoppers that it was worth it to subjugate the ants after all. With all those atrocities, he is definitely beyond it by the time he decides assassinate the queen.
    • Thumper is a vicious beast, that actually tried to eat Dot three times.
  • Retroactive Recognition: This was Hayden Panettiere's first major acting role.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Dot is just too adorable.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • It was hugely successful, but more than a few complained that it was not much of a follow-up to something as unique as Toy Story. The fact that it was released against the similar, yet much darker, Antz didn't help. As such, it's one of Pixar's less well-remembered movies.
    • To a lesser extent, John Lasseter's directorial efforts are a victim of this. It's one of three non-Toy Story features he's directed, the others being the first two Cars films, all of which are considered Pixar's weakest films.
  • Uncanny Valley: The bird is this for some.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Outside of Dot, it's hard to root or feel bad for the ant colony getting bullied by the grasshoppers when all they ever seem to do is give Flik a rough time, and talk down to him just because he's a Bungling Inventor. They also prove themselves to be highly contradictory. They all celebrate behind Flik's back for finally being rid of him when Flik first departs from the colony to search for warrior bugs. Yet when the jig is up that what he brought back on accident were circus bugs, Princess Atta and the colony have no issue banishing Flik for lying to them, even though they were the ones who originally lied about wanting Flik gone without him knowing.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Hopper's speech about "keeping those ants in line." It's been regarded as a metaphor for everything from the distribution of wealth to the alleged "New World Order."
  • The Woobie: Flik. Slowly graduates to an Iron Woobie by the climax.


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