Review: A Bug's Life

I've refrained from posting too many links to A Bug's Life reviews, because so far they've all been gushingly positive and because any more self-promotion on Flutterby would make it totally unreadable.

So last night Catherine and I went to the A Bug's Life wrap party, and got to see the film as a whole for the first time. I don't mean to dis Antz, which was a whole lot better than several videos I've seen recently, and I'm obviously biased, but on what basis could anyone compare these movies?

You've undoubtedly seen enough plot synopses that another here would be fruitless. It draws from Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and the fable of the grasshopper and the ants, except that in this case the grasshoppers are a gang that terrorize the ants.

ABL is gorgeous. My only complaint is that I think the sound is a little over-done, but I'll have to see it in another theatre before I can make the definitive call. The story moves well, twists appropriately, and is backed up by awesome visuals. Despite the G rating it's got enough going on to keep the adults interested. The voices are distinguished without the actors overshadowing the characters. The animation is awesome (but I knew that) and the effects are incredible (I knew that too). The surprises in the credits work well (and if you're looking for my name, it's just after the surprises).

Go see A Bug's Life_, and I'm not just saying that because I have stock in _Pixar .

Saturday, November 14th, 1998