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 theatres in 1998. It concerns an oddball ant named Flik, who recruits circus bugs to defend his colony from grasshoppers. The story is an interpretation of the classic Kurosawa film, The Seven Samurai.


  • [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!"
  • [to Hopper] Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers! I've seen these ants do great things, and year after year, they somehow managed to pick food for themselves and you. So-so who's 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 AttaEdit

  • You see, Hopper, nature has a certain order. The ants pick the food, the ants keep the food, and the grasshoppers... LEAVE!


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.

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.

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: 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, 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 so she runs away but is caught by Hopper] What's the matter? You scared of grasshoppers?
Flik: Dot!
Hopper: [Hopper picks her up 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] 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]

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.

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]

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.

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?


  • An epic of miniature proportions.


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