I think the main reason I put off A BUG'S LIFE is that, well, it's about bugs! But if Pixar could make a movie about a rat in a kitchen appealing, it stands to reason that a movie about bugs would be entertaining, and so it was.
I suspect most readers are already familiar with the plot, which concerns an ant colony under the control of some very mean grasshoppers, headed by Hopper (Kevin Spacey). Flik (Dave Foley), with a help of a group of "circus" bugs, works on a plan to free the ants.
The film isn't one of Pixar's best, but even a lower-tier Pixar film is better than a huge percentage of films released in recent years. Some of the bugs were a little creepy for me to watch, but the film was filled with fascinating visuals, as well as a deceptively simple and thought-provoking storyline.
Besides being visually creative and funny, I thought the film conveyed a rather interesting political theme, the value of freedom versus statism, and the burdens of ever-higher taxation to appease a small but powerful political class. There's a really interesting essay buried in there somewhere!
The voice actors include Bonnie Hunt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Phyllis Diller, David Lander, Denis Leary, Richard Kind, Madeline Kahn, Edie McClurg, Hayden Panettiere, and Roddy McDowall, who was just about at the end of his long career. My favorite voice, however, was the great comic actor David Hyde Pierce (FRASIER), who plays a walking stick.
A BUG'S LIFE was directed by John Lasseter. The running time is 95 minutes.
A BUG'S LIFE is available on a 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD with plentiful extras. It's available from Netflix.