- Animation Age Ghetto: Sort of averted, sort of not. The film was highly successful both financially and critically despite being rated PG. But nowadays, bowdlerized versions of it get aired on TV channels geared toward children.
- Awesome Music: One of the best and most criminally overlooked soundtracks in animated film history. Seriously.
- Complete Monster: General Mandible, a megalomaniac ant soldier who views worker ants as inferior vermin and soldiers as superior. He manipulates the Queen into going to war with the otherwise peaceful Termites. It's implied he sent word to warn the Termites so that the Queen's troops would lack the element of surprise. He engineers a dig for the miners so they will hit a water source that will drown every ant in the colony including the Queen, except for his small faction of army loyalists who will be blindly obedient to him. He tortures Z's best friend Weaver to find Princess Bala after Z took her away, threatens to kill Weaver's girlfriend if he doesn't comply, then orders Z killed seconds after he promised not to do so and arranges Weaver's death as well. To start his new ideal colony he plans to force Princess Bala to marry him after he has killed her mother and everyone else.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Cutter, probably because he's voiced by Christopher Walken.
- Faux Symbolism: It very well might be symbolic.
- Memetic Mutation: "Who the hell is THAT?!"
- Narm: For some people, casting Christopher Walken as Cutter.
Cutter: "Strong. Colony. Sir. Colony... we can be proud of."
- Narm Charm: For some.
- The Problem with Licensed Games: An odd case: whether Antz Extreme Racing was good or not, it was released three years after the film was released.
- Squick: In-universe, Z sees the ants drink aphid beer out of the anuses of live aphids this way.
- When Weaver was drinking one, the aphid was squirming.
- They Copied It, So It Sucks: John Lasseter felt doublecrossed when he heard about this film being produced, considering he discussed the general idea of A Bug's Life with Jeffery Katzenberg before he left to form Dreamworks. The fact that Katzenberg then offered to stop production if Disney rescheduled the Pixar film away from his major film, The Prince of Egypt, ticked him off more as blackmail.
- It should be said though that apart from having talking insects, the two films are overall incredibly different movies. They have almost nothing in common. Even their Aesops are different; one is about finding individuality, and the other is about working together as a team.
- Too Cool to Live: Barbatus, one of the few few soldiers loyal to the Queen and bites the dust after finally being reduced to a head.
- Ugly Cute: Cute, adorable... maggots.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The movie may have a few bouts of slapstick and action, but dialogue-wise, this is a Woody Allen flick.
- What The Hell Casting Agency: Whose idea was it to cast Walken as the sane and hyper-competent Cutter?
- Despite the uncredited rewrites he did to suit his style, whose idea was it to make an animated Woody Allen film? With the swears edited out, this is a Woody Allen film for children.