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Nightmare Fuel / A Bug's Life

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Leave it to Pixar to make grasshoppers terrifying!

  • "They come. They eat. They leave." This line could be a tagline for a horror film.
  • Dear God; Thumper. For some added Fridge Horror, consider the fact that he belongs to the same species as the anthropomorphized, English-speaking grasshoppers. Does he represent a vicious attack dog...or an extremely mentally deranged and violent person? He is more or less the grasshopper version of Danny the Dog. In the outtakes, he asks if his scream was good enough. In the wimpiest, most non-threatening voice you can imagine. Evidently a case of Mean Character, Nice Actor.
  • Hopper in his first appearance, and some appearances afterwards. Especially the scene where he kills a few of his henchmen with a bored look on his face.
  • The bar at the insect city has both human blood and Black Flag (an insecticide) on tap.
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  • Hopper menacingly approaching Flik, fire burning in the background, with the greatest murder-face on a family movie villain.
  • Flik's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown at the hands of Thumper all while some suspenseful music plays.
  • Hopper when he lands right in front Flik and slowly advances on him. Flik pretends to begs for mercy, but Hopper grabs his throat and attempts to strangle him.
    Flik: Hopper!
    Hopper: You think it's over?!
    Flik: No, no, I-I-I can explain!
    Hopper: All your little stunt did was buy them time!
    Flik: No, please! Please, Hopper!
    Hopper: (snatches Flik by the throat) I'll get more grasshoppers and be back next season. But you won't!"
  • The theme park attraction based on the movie at the Disney Theme Parks, It's Tough To Be A Bug.
  • Grasshoppers trudging out of the mist with no music, only the howling wind.
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  • This movie manages to make a rainstorm pretty terrifying. After all, normal raindrops hit the ground like watery napalm.
  • The entire sequence at the end of the movie, beginning with the rain. What is a normal and perfectly harmless occurrence for us humans is amplified into a nightmarish and regular disaster for all bug kind. Amidst the chaos, Hopper still manages to spot Flik, and with a furious roar, lunges at him (see above image), and snatches him and flies off. Flik's friends from the circus try to come to the rescue, but their rescue attempts are all foiled. (Admittedly, the incident where Hopper lost one of his antennae is pretty funny.) Not even Princess Atta can keep Hopper away for too long, and his final death, albeit very karmic, in and of itself was very unsettling.
  • The movie does a pretty good job of making a cute little goldfinch and its chicks absolutely terrifying. While a mother bird feeding her children obviously isn't scary, Hopper's Family-Unfriendly Death shows how horrifying it would be if you were a bug. The sound the bird makes; they did a convincing job of depicting what birdsong must sound like from a bug's perspective, because the noises she makes would be right at home in Jurassic Park. Dinosaurs are still among us, pal. Even more terrifying is the speed in which the goldfinch snaps up Hopper to feed him to her chicks. It's one hundred percent clear that, from the moment that the goldfinch saw him, there was no escape.
    • Hopper was to be eaten alive by the birds. When the camera cuts away from the scene, he's still in the mother bird's beak, and note that she is NOT doing any attempt to snap his neck or whatever to give him a quick and painless death; on the contrary, she looks to be about to just drop him into (one of) her chicks' mouths. He'd still be fully conscious when given to the chicks as food... It's a gruesome death for a G-rated movie!
      • Even after all he's done, even Atta and Flik can't bring themselves to watch as Hopper dies.
  • A minor case occurs with P. T. Flea during his song when he is leaving the anthill with the circus bugs and a banished Flik. He sings the morbid line of "The streets will be paved with golden retrievers."


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