A Bug's Life

1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar

A Bug's Life is a computer animated film, released by Disney and Pixar to theaters in 1998. It concerns an oddball ant named Flik, who recruits circus bugs to defend his colony from grasshoppers.

Directed by John Lasseter. Written by Andrew Stanton.
Music by Randy Newman and includes "The Time of Your Life". Written and preformed by Newman.
An epic of miniature proportions.


[first lines]
Worker Ant #1: [gasps] No, no, no, Oh, no. Oh, no.
[a leaf lands in front of one of the worker ants in the food line]
Worker Ant #1: I'm lost! Where's the line? It just went away. What do I do? What do I do?
Worker Ant #2: Help!
Worker Ant #3: We'll be stuck here forever!
Mr. Soil: Do not panic, do not panic. We are trained professionals. Now, stay calm. We are going around the leaf.
Worker Ant #1: Around the leaf. I-I-I don't think we can do that.
Mr. Soil: Oh, nonsense. This is nothing compared to the twig of '93.

Flik: Here, pretend - pretend that that's a seed.
Dot: It's a rock.
Flik: Oh, I know it's a rock, I know. But let's just pretend for a minute that it's a seed, alright? We'll just use our imaginations. Now, now do you see our tree? 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 voilá!
Dot: This rock will be a tree?
Flik: Seed to tree. You've gotta work with me, here. Alright? Okay. Now, y-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: [shouting] 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.

( horn sounds, gasps and paniced chattering )

Flik: They're here.
Women:[whistles] Everyone, single file. Food to offering stone and into the anthill. Now, let's go!

( rumbling stops, all gasps and evil rocks chatters )

Male Voice: Hey, what's going on here?
Molt: Yeah, where's the food?

Hopper: So, where is it? Where's my FOOD?!
Atta: I-Isn't it up there?
Hopper: What?
Atta: The food was sitting in a leaf on top-
Hopper: [interrupts] Excuse me?!
Atta: Are you sure it's not up there?
Hopper: Are you saying I'm stupid?
Atta: No.
Hopper: Do I look stupid... to you? Let's just think about the logic, shall we? Let's just think about it for a second. If it was up there, would I be coming down here, [leans into Atta] to your level, LOOKING FOR IT?! Why am I even talking to you? You're not the queen. You don't smell like the queen.
Queen: She's learning to take over for me, Hopper.
Hopper: Oh, I see! Under new management. So it's your fault.
Atta: No, it wasn't me, it was-
Hopper: Uh-uh-uh. First rule of leadership: Everything is your fault.
Atta: But-But-I-
Hopper: It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, Princess, one of those circle-of-life kind of things. 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: [annoyingly interrupts Hopper] And the birds eat the grasshoppers. Hey, like the one that nearly ate you, you 'member? You 'member? Oh, you shoulda seen it.
Hopper: Molt.
Molt: This blue jay has him halfway down his throat, okay? And Hopper's kickin' and screamin', okay? And I'm scared, okay? I'm not goin' anywhere near, okay? [Hopper furiously approaches Molt] Aw, come on. It's a great story. [Hopper angrily grabs his antennae] Ow! Ow! Ow!
Hopper: [violently pushes him against a 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, no one appreciates that more than I do.
Hopper: Shut up! I don't want to hear another word out of 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 enraged is about to punch him] Ah! Remember Ma!
Hopper: [furiously turns and angrily punches another grasshopper; calms down becoming reasonable] Hey, I'm a compassionate insect. There's still a few months till the rains come, so you can all just try again.
Queen: But, Hopper, since it's almost the rainy season, we need this time to gather food for ourselves.
Hopper: Listen, if you don't keep your end of the bargain, then I can't guarantee your safety. And there are insects out there that will take advantage of you. Someone could get hurt. [evilly snaps his fingers and calls out Thumper who scares Dot; she tries to run away but is caught by Hopper] What's the matter? You scared of grasshoppers?
Flik: Dot!
Hopper: [picks up Dot and brings her closer to Thumper] You don't like Thumper? [he brings her up face to face with Thumper and he snarls and growls]
Flik: [steps forward] Leave her alone!
Hopper: [turns to Flik] You want her? [holds Dot above Flik] Go ahead. Take her. [Flik stands down in fear] No? Then get back in line. [Flik goes back in line]
Hopper: [releases Dot, who returns to her family] It seems to me that you ants are forgetting your place. So let's double the order of food.
Atta: No! But-But-
Hopper: We'll be back at the end of the season, when the last leaf falls. [pulls a skin flake off Molt and lets it slowly drop like a leaf] You ants have a nice summer. Let's ride!
[The grasshoppers all fly away and the entire colony stares at Flik, who chuckles nervously]

Queen: Why didn't I think of that? Oh, because it's suicide.

Boy Ant #1: My dad says he gives you one hour before you come back to the island crying.
Flik: Does he now?
Boy Ant #2: My dad doesn't think that.
Flik: He doesn't, huh?
Boy Ant #2: Nah, he's betting you're gonna die.

P.T.: We're losin' the audience! You clowns get out there now!
Heimlich: I hate performing on an empty stomach!
P.T.: Do your act, Heimlich, then you can eat.
Slim: P.T., what's the point?
P.T.: Not now, Slim.
Slim: What's the point of going out there? They'll only laugh at me.
P.T.: 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.: You're a walking stick! IT'S FUNNY! NOW, GO!
Slim: You parasite.

Slim: [dryly] Tra-la-la-la-la. Spring is in the air, and I'm a flower with nothing interesting to say.

Fly 1: [to Francis] Hey, cutie! Wanna pollinate with a real bug? [laughs]
[Francis flies up to the pair of flies and angrily throws his hat off]
Francis: So, bein' a ladybug automatically makes me a girl! Is that it, flyboy?! Huh?!
Fly 2: Yikes!
Fly 1: She's a guy!
Heimlich: Francis, leave them alone! They are poo-poo heads!
P.T.: Not again!
Francis: Judging by your breath, you must have been buzzin' around a dung heap all day!
Slim: Come on, Francis. You're making the maggots cry.

[two mosquitoes fly near a bug zapper; one flies towards it, as if in a trance]
Bug zapper mosquito #1: Harry, no! Don't look at the light!
Harry the Mosquito: [entranced] I-can't-help-it. It's-so-beautiful. [gets zapped, falls] Woo hoo!

Bug Bus: Making all stops to the septic tank, including standing water, empty bean can and dead rat!

Fly: Hey, waiter! I'm in my soup! I've been workin' out. Feel my wing. Yo! Two Black Flags over here! All right.
Bug: Hair of the dog you bit.
Cockroach Waitress: [in the bar] Hey, who ordered the Poo Poo Platter? [a bunch of flies swarm the dish she holds in the air]
Mosquito Waitress: Here you go, Slick. Enjoy.
Slick: [takes one bite and his mouth starts to bubble] Ow! Ow! Hey, I said no salt!
Flik: Oh, pardon me, sir. I was wondering if I could talk to you for a moment. I represent a colony of ants, and I'm looking... I'm looking for tough bugs, you know, mean bugs, the sort of bugs...
Slim: Fired by a flea, how humiliating!
Francis: Let's face it. We stink.

Mosquito: Hey, bartender! Bloody Mary, O-positive. [given a drop of blood] Aha, yeah... [slurps it quickly and passes out]

Francis: Stand back, ye flies! We are the greatest warriors in all Bugdom.
Flik: [from a distance, to himself] Warrior bugs!
Francis: My sword.
[Grabs Slim and brandishes him like a sword]
Slim: [dryly] Swish, swish. Clang, clang.
Francis: Little John.
Heimlich: What ho, Robin! Justice is my sword and truth shall be my quiver.

Queen: [about Mr. Soil] He's our royal thespian. Last year he played the lead in Picnic. [laughs]

Flik: [after Heimlich suggests that he tell the truth] 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!"

[the ants watch as Heimlich gets stuck during the bird attack]
Atta: The caterpillar's using himself as live bait.
Mr. Soil: How brave!
Heimlich: [as bird looms over him] Aaaaaaaaah!

Atta: You don't think I've offended the warriors, do you?
Flik: You? No!
Atta: Oh, good. Because, you see, when you first brought them here, I'd thought you'd hired a bunch of clowns!
Flik: [voice suddenly higher] You did?
[laughs nervously]

Heimlich: I'm a beautiful butterfly.

Hopper: Guys, order another round, because we're stayin' here!
[the other grasshoppers cheer]
Hopper: What was I thinking? Going back to Ant Island. I mean, we just got here, and we have more than enough food to get us through the winter. Right? Why go back?
[the music continues and the rest of the gang begins to party again]
Hopper: But there was that ant that stood up to me.
Axel: Yeah, but we can forget about him!
Loco: Yeah, it was just one ant.
[the rest of the gang agrees, mocking the ants]
Hopper: Yeah, you're right! It's just one ant!
Loco: Yeah, boss. They're puny!
Hopper: Hmm, puny. Say, let's pretend this grain is a puny little ant. [evilly throws the grain at Loco] Didn't that hurt?
Loco: Nope.
Hopper: Well, how 'bout this one? [evilly throws another grain at Axel]
Axel: Are you kiddin'?
[the other grasshoppers laugh]
Hopper: Well, how 'bout this?
[he evilly pulls the lid off the jar of grain and Axel and Loco are buried beneath the avalanche; Hopper then climbs on top of the grain pile]
Hopper: You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up. Those puny little ants outnumber us 100 to one. And if they ever figure that out, there goes our way of life! It's not about food. It's about keeping those ants in line. That's why we're going back! Does anybody else wanna stay?
[the grasshoppers are all set]
Molt: He's quite the motivational speaker, isn't he?
Hopper: Let's ride!
[the grasshoppers fly off to Ant Island]

Atta: You mean you're not warriors?
P.T.: Are you kidding? These guys are the lousiest circus bugs you've ever seen, and they're gonna make me rich!

Manny: You listen to me, my boy. I've made a living out of being a failure, and you, sir, are not a failure.

Slim: Ladies and gentlebugs! 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: [nervously] I think I'm going to wet myself!
Francis: [out of the corner of his mouth] Steady...
Hopper: What's going on here?
Atta: Well, uh...
Slim: Uh, yes. 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 and 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.
[he and the other grasshoppers sit back in their seats laughing hysterically]
Hopper: I guess we could use a little entertainment. Looks like you did something right for once, Princess.

Heimlich: [dressed as baby] Bottle all gone. Baby wants pie!
Francis: Pie? He asked for it. Should I give it to him?
Molt: Yeah! Give him pie! Give him pie!

Hopper: You piece of dirt! No, I'm wrong. You're lower than dirt. You're an ant! Let this be a lesson to all you ants! Ideas are very dangerous things! You are mindless, soil-shoving losers, put on this Earth to serve us!
Flik: You're wrong, Hopper. Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers! I've seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick food for themselves and you. So who is the weaker species? Ants don't serve grasshoppers! It's you who need us! We're a lot stronger than you say we are... And you know it, don't you?

Princess Atta: You see, Hopper, nature has a certain order. The ants pick the food, the ants keep the food, and the grasshoppers... leave.

Rosie: [sees that Dim is hiding ant children underneath his wings] Dim!
Dim: Aaaawwww
[opens his wings to let the children out]
Ant Boys: Aaaaaaawwwwwww!
[they get out of Dim's wings in disappointment]
Rosie: Oh I'm so sorry kids! I wish you could come along too!

RANDY NEWMAN lyrics (The Time of Your Life)Edit

Randy Newman: Was a bug, little bug, hardly there / How he felt, what he dreamed, who would care? / Without any evidence
Chorus: His flaws were many
Randy Newman: He was full of confidence
Chorus: Some people haven't any
Randy Newman: Didn't have much common sense
Chorus: It's highly over-rated
Randy Newman: He just knew that he'd come through / It's the time of your life, so live it well / It's the time of your life, so live it well / We may only go 'round just one time / As far as I can tell
Chorus: He could be wrong about that
Randy Newman: It's the time of your life / It's the time of your life / It's the time of your life, so live it well / Like us all, he started small, then he grew / When the time came, he knew what to do / He knew in order to succeed
Chorus: They'd have to work together
Randy Newman: He turned a rock into a seed
Chorus: And they were changed forever
Randy Newman: Then they had the strength they'd need
Chorus: To get through stormy weather
Randy Newman: Do or die, you gotta try / It's the time of your life, so live it well / It's the time of your life, so live it well / We may only go round one time / As far as I can tell
Chorus: He could be wrong about that
Randy Newman: It's the time of your life, so live it well / Isn't it a bit surprising / How our fortunes ebb and flow / And only to the enterprising / Does the magic fortune cookie go / Believe me / It's the time of your life, so live it well / It's the time of your life, so live it well / We may only go round one time / As far as I can tell / It's the time of your life / It's the time of your life / It's the time of your life, so live it well


  • An epic of miniature proportions.


Voice CastEdit

Additional VoicesEdit

Teaser TrailerEdit

Heimlich: [Flik and the circus bugs are sitting on a leaf and Heimlich accidently knocks leaf off the stick it's attached too causing Flik and the other circus bugs to fall off into the ground screaming while Heimlich remains on the stick] . Oh I didn't know it was genetic. Sorry.

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