- 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 going 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.
- Flik's advice to Dot, who keeps getting sidetracked by the analogy.Dot: I'm a royal ant, and I can't even fly yet! I'm too little.
Flik: Oh, being little isn't such a bad thing.
Dot: Yes, it is!
Flik: No, it's not.
Dot: Is too!
Flik: Is not!
Dot: Is too! Is too! Is too!
Flik: Is not! Is not! Is not! (sighs) Seed. I need a seed. (Flik tries to get a seed from his harvester, but he can't reach it and ends up going around in circles. He finally gives up and picks up a rock instead and hands it to Dot.) Here, pretend that that's a seed.
Dot: It's a rock.
Flik: I know it's a rock, but let's just pretend for a minute it's a seed. We'll just use our imaginations. Now, you see our tree? (gestures to to the huge tree above them) Everything that made that giant tree is already contained inside this tiny little seed. All it needs is some time, a little bit of sunshine and rain, and voila!
Dot: This rock will be a tree?
Flik: Seed to tree. You gotta work with me, alright? You might not feel like you can do much now, but that's just because, well, you're not a tree yet. You just have to give yourself some time. You're still a seed.
Dot: But it's a rock.
Flik: I KNOW IT'S A ROCK! DON'T YOU THINK I KNOW A ROCK WHEN I SEE A ROCK?! I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME AROUND ROCKS!
Dot: You're weird, but I like you.
- Hopper's Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas moment.Hopper: Now let me tell you how things are supposed to work. The sun grows the food, the ants pick the food, the grasshoppers eat the food—
Molt: And the birds eat the grasshoppers! Hey, like the one that nearly ate you? Remember? Oh, you shoulda seen it!
Molt: This blue jay — he has him halfway down his throat, okay? And Hopper — Hopper's kickin' and screamin', okay. And I'm scared, okay? I'm not goin' anywhere near, okay? (Hopper marches over to Molt) Aw, come on! It's a great story! (Hopper drags him by the antennae) Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!
Hopper: (pins him against the wall) I swear, if I hadn't promised Mother on her deathbed that I wouldn't kill you, I would kill you!
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 whimpers) I SAID, DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?!
Molt: Well, how can I answer? You said I couldn't say another word! (Hopper growls with rage and raises his fist to punch him) AH! REMEMBER MA!
(Hopper spins around and punches out another grasshopper who was standing behind him)
- FLAMING DEATH!"Burn 'im again!"
- "Spining a web of safety in less THAN 15 SECONDS!!!
- Flik triumphantly soaring into the distance — and then slamming face first into a rock.Flik: [muffled] "I'm...okay!"
- "...Your dad's right. He's gonna die."
- 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!"
- For added hilarity, Heimlich (the one who's been killed on the poster, cut in half with guts and blood everywhere) has Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises and turns a pale shade.
- Just the fact that the circus bugs are horrified by the kids' ants vs. grasshopper war play, even though the kids' acting is rather lousy and emotionless and not in the least bit scary. Slim and Rosie are covering Heimlich's eyes and Manny is comforting Gypsy who is hiding her face in his shoulder, while Francis just stares in utter shock and horror at the play, before he promptly faints. Tuck and Roll, on the other hand, actually applauded at the lame performance.
- 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: Are you saying I'm stupid?
- Hopper completely failing to get Atta and Molt to take him seriously, resulting in every take being ruined by fits of laughter.
Atta: YES! (bursts into laughter)
Hopper: (near crying) This is the fifteenth take. I cannot work like this. I will be in my trailer.
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. I know! I know! I could lather up a bunch of spit! Ooh, ooh, that's good! I got it, J.L. One more for me!
- 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.
- 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.
- The belching contest between the two of them—which ends with one of them ripping a fart.
- The queen's pet aphid pees on her. It appears to have been on purpose too, given the enormous grin on the aphid's face.
- Woody makes a cameo.
- On a similar level, the "Character interview" that was made to promote the movie:
Flik: Actually they were all B Movies.
- Hopper is conveyed as a narcissistic actor who claims to have had many roles in previous classic films:
- The interviewer once again infuriates Francis by referring to him as "Miss".
- "I'm...the only...stick...with....eyeballs!"
- Tuck and Roll are always funny, but plucking one of Hopper's antennae is especially funny.
- The way Tuck (or Roll) reveals the antennae is funny too. Even though we can't understand them it almost seems like they're saying, "What are you laughing at, he got away," "Not all of him..." *Produces antennae from behind his back*
- 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)CRASHGypsy: (mildly, without looking around) The stage is the other way, dear.Manny: (comes walking back into frame) Yes, of course.
Gypsy: (muffled, from inside a Chinese takeout box) ...Manny? Manny...!
- During the act, Manny tries to do his trick but is heckled by the flies and gets berries thrown at him. Enraged, he shouts "INGRATES!" and walks away in a huff. And then he forgets to let her out of the "Chinese Cabinet of Metamorphosis".
- Manny overdramatically "dying" during the bird scene, and Gypsy wailing in equally hammy grief.
- Rosie... 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).
- When the horrified Flik realizes the truth behind the "warriors" and tries to excuse himself from the meeting with several suspicious acronyms. Helps that almost all of it was improvised by Dave Foley.Flik: Thank you, Your Highness. Oh, sure, I'd like to take credit for all of this, but, well, that wouldn't be right. Because it was you, Princess Atta. You believed in me, and you sent me on my quest.
(Atta gives an uncomfortable forced smile)
Slim: (whispering to Rosie) Tell that ant that we need to talk to him right now.
Rosie: Okay, okay, I will.
Flik: Now, I know that I've made mistakes in the past. Go! And l And I hope that this will make up—
Rosie: (taps on Flik's shoulder) Flik!
Flik: Not right now, Rosie. I'm making a speech. Now, I truly believe that these bugs are the answer to our— (Rosie whispers in his ear) No, there's no circus around here. So, I— Huh? (Flik turns to see the troupe juggling. Camera zooms into Flik, whose pupils shrink as he puts the pieces in place) Your Highness, the warriors have called for a secret meeting to plan for a circus—circumventing the oncoming hordes so they can trapeze—trap them with ease!
Atta: Well, shouldn't I come, too?
Flik: No! Sorry, no, no, you see, it's classified in the DMZ. Gotta go ASAP. You know, strictly BYOB. Bye! (he and the circus bugs start to leave) Sorry. Sorry I have to take the warriors away so early... but you know, uh, they have a they have a lot to get done, with the battle looming and all. So, uh, please, everyone enjoy the party.
Flik: Circus bugs?! How can you be circus bugs?!
- Then Flik talks about what will happen if the colony finds out he hired circus bugs by accident.
Francis: Whoa, hey, hey, hey. You said nothin' about killin' grasshoppers, pal. You lied to us!
Flik: Are you kidding?! Do you know what this is? This, my friends, is false advertising!
Manny: How dare you! You, sir, are the charlatan in this scenario! Touting your wares as a talent scout! Preying upon the hungry souls of hapless artistes! Good day to you, sir!
(The bugs begin leaving. Tuck & Roll come up to Flik, slap him twice, and roll away with the others)
Flik: No! Wait, wait, wait! Please! You can't go! You gotta help me! Gimme some time! I'll come up with a plan!
Heimlich: Just go tell them the truth!
Flik: They can't! They can't know the truth! The truth, you see, is bad! I will be branded with this mistake for the rest of my life! My children's children will walk down the street and people will point and say "Look! There goes the spawn of Flik the Loser!" Oh... oh, oh, you know, all right, fine. Yeah, okay. Just go. But could you do me a little favor before you leave? If you could squish me. (puts Dim's foot over his head) That'd be great 'cause, uh, when they find out, I'm as good as dead.
Atta: (in distance) Flik! Flik! I really do think I should be part of this meeting! FLIK!
(Flik runs to the end of the grass to see Atta wearing a suspicious glare)
Flik: Princess Atta! Wh-what a nice... surprise!
Atta: Just what exactly is going on here? I'd like to speak with the so-called "warriors!"
Flik: Y-You can't! I mean, they're in the middle of a top secret meeting right now and they really should not be disturbed... now. Right, guys? (he sees them marching away) Could you ex... pl... Uh, could you excuse me, please? (sprints after them) Wait, wait, wait! Please, don't go!
Atta: I'm not going anywhere! What is going on? (moves aside the blade of grass; Flik's nowhere to be seen) Flik! FLIK! Oh, I knew it!
- The Circus Bugs arrive as a distraction for the Grasshoppers:Slim: Ladies and gentle bugs! Larvae of all stages! Rub your legs together for the world's greatest bug circus!
(The circus wagon arrives with the circus music playing)
Hopper: WAIT A MINUTE! (music screeches to a halt)
Heimlich: I think I'm gonna wet myself!
Hopper: What's going on here?
Atta: Well, uh...
Slim: We were invited by Princess Atta as a surprise for your arrival.
Hopper: Squish 'em.
(Slim and Francis gasp; the grasshoppers advance on the circus bugs. Dim backs into the cannon launching Tuck & Roll out of it. They dance in front of the grasshoppers, singing their usual gibberish; then get into a fight)
Hopper: Now, that's funny! (grasshoppers sit back in their seats laughing hysterically) I guess we could use a little entertainment. Looks like you did something right for once, Princess.
- Hopper's hilariously uncharacteristic reaction to Flik's fake bird:Hopper: *frantic* BIRD! IT'S A BIRD!...Don't let it get me, DON'T LET IT GET ME!
- This exchange between Flik and Hopper when the bird appears and Hopper believes it to be another trick:Hopper: "Well, what's this? Another one of your bird tricks?"
Hopper: "Are there a bunch of little girls in this one too? Hello, girls!"
(Bird roars at him, precipitating an exquisite Oh, Crap! expression)
- 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!
Molt: This is a thought and it was mine: Why go back to Ant Island at all? You don't even like grain.
- Then when the idea (predictably) infuriates Hopper, who's in the middle of a massage.
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!'
- "Say, how many roaches does it take to screw in a light bulb? Can't tell. Soon as the light goes on, they scatter."
- If you like some Black Humor..."No! Harry, no! Don't look at the light!"
"I can't help it! It's so beautiful!" *ZAP*
- Hopper killing his own goons? Horrifying. Hopper's complete deadpan face? Priceless.
Funny / A Bug's Life