Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Review : A BUG's Life (1998)

a BUG's Life It's Every year, a bunch of grasshoppers come to the anthill and eat what the ants have gathered for them. The "offering", as the ants call the ritual, is a part of their fate. One day in spring, when the offering's preparation has just been finished, Flik, an unliked inventor ant, accidentally drops the whole offered seeds into the river. The grasshoppers come and give the ants a second chance to collect food until fall. However Flik thinks he can get rid of the grasshoppers so they don't have to put up with them anymore and he sets off to find bugs that are willing to fight the grasshoppers and, due to a double misinterpretation, returns with a circus crew, giving everybody new hope. When the misunderstanding finally gets cleared out, there is only little time left for a new plan, which has to work, or else they will suffer.

So the whole premise of this film is basically a bunch of Ants who are pier pressured and bullied by these Grasshoppers and they think enough is enough and set their minds to thinking of a plan to get rid of these Grasshoppers so they will never bother them again, and they can live in peace etc. 

It's about standing up for what's right and having the courage to stand up for what you believe in, two characteristics which are relayed in the main character of Flick who in some cases is an accident in the film because he comes into the film not intentionally to cause accidents, he's just unfortunate that bad luck follows him on most occasions, he has mad ideas which he tries, they back fire and he gets in trouble.

To me I've always enjoyed this film for it's originality which stands up amongst all things, in bright shining lights. Plus it's comedic elements in its infusiastic eccentric characters which are rememberable, like Slim the stick insect or PT the flea. Characters like that which are very off the wall and out of the ordinary and stand out amongst all the odds, is what an audience I think take a particular liking to and therefore assist in their engagement with the story.

The prime core to any film is that you have a story to tell and you want to make the audience interested in getting to know what your story is about, It's the clever little minds at PIXAR who collaborate and deliberate ideas and are the ones who do this, with clear presentation of what they intend to tell 'Bugs Life' is about Bugs. It's simple but has a big broad scope which can be expanded upon easily, that's how you got a film. It starts with a story and an Idea.

Oddly enough, this wasn't the only computer-animated movie about bugs to come out in the Autumn of 1998, Antz was released just a month before. The difference between the two animated bug movies is exemplified by their lead characters. Antz has Z, searching for individual identity in a world of conformity. A BUG'S LIFE has Flik, an All-American ant-next-door type who is inventive, brave, and loyal.
Helped by outstanding voice talent, the rest of the movie's characters are quirky and endearing enough to make you forget they are computer animated. Stars like Kevin Spacey, and John Ratzenberger from CheersAntz was largely brown, but Bug's Life uses a verity of color to produce stunning images with luminous tones. You'll need to see it twice to appreciate the scope of the film's visual effects and technological mastery. It's worth taking a look at and watching it again, just to study the detail behind it, because watching the first time round, yes you enjoy it but you miss things, Bug's Life has something to it that makes the viewer want to watch it again. I like Antz, but I like Bugs Life more. Because well... it's just the better film. 8/10

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