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A Bug's Life (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

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Journey inside the world of bugs in this Epic of miniature proportions. Crawling with imaginative characters, hilarious laughs and colorful animation, Walt Disney Pictures' Presentation of A Pixar Animation Studios Film, A BUG'S LIFE, will "delight everyone -- young, old or six-legged." (People Magazine). In this 2-disc set you'll step behind the scenes for a look at the innovation and teamwork that resulted in this ingenious film. Loaded with bonus features -- including animation not seen in theaters, abandoned sequences and multiple surprises -- A BUG'S LIFE COLLECTOR'S EDITION offers something for everyone from families to film lovers!|The film is based loosely on the Aesop's fable, "The Ants And The Grasshopper."|One of the challenges for the animators was giving the bugs human emotions. As one put it, "How do you make an insect with no eyebrows look surprised?"

Additional Features

Codirector Andrew Stanton warmly calls this collector's edition of A Bug's Life the "Super Genius" edition (referring to another animated delight, Wile E. Coyote). That's a better title, since this double DVD set is never as stuffy and ho-hum as many collector's editions. On the second disc, which is jam-packed with details on how the movie was made, there isn't a single boring snippet. There must be a creed at Pixar Animation Studios dictating everything must be fun. When Stanton, director John Lasseter, or any technician comes onscreen, there are jokes, camera muggings, and controlled insanity. But there's a method to their madness. For example, the storyboarding process--sketching out the entire picture before cameras roll--isn't just explained; it's storyboarded itself. Another highlight is an early presentation of the film's subject matter that takes on the flavor of a poorly dubbed Japanese film of the '60s. There's also a wonderful process using the DVD format's rarely used angle feature that allows the viewer to go between pencil sketches, color drawings, and the finished project to see how the art progresses to the screen. The film, presented here in both widescreen and recomposed full-frame (the latter also explained on the disc), is the first DVD created by a digital source for the purest presentation possible. Whatever the presentation, this "Super Genius" edition certainly gives one pause to consider what super geniuses the folks at Pixar truly are. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

Abandoned Sequences: Scenes That Didn't Make The Final Cut -- Including The Original Opening Of The Film -- Presented In Storyboard Format.|Sound Design: Academy Award--Winning Sound Designer Gary Rydstrom (Best Sound Effects Editing, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, 1998) Demonstrates How He Created Various Effects Throughout The Film.|Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Creation Of A BUG'S LIFE: John Lasseter, Steve Jobs, Andrew Stanton, And Others Share What Went Into The Creation Of Their Feature Film Follow-Up To TOY STORY.|Hilarious Outtakes|Pixar Animation Studios' Academy Award--Winning Best Animated Short Film, GERI'S GAME (1997).|Early Presentation Reel|Original Story Treatment And Pitch Boards|Character Designs, Concept Art, And Color Scripts|Storyboard-To-Final-Film Split-Screen Comparison|Behind-The-Scenes With The Voice Talent|Early Production Tests|Production Progression Demonstration (Angle Feature Allows You To Move Through The Various Stages Of Production).|Trailers And Posters (From Domestic And International Releases)|Behind-The-Scenes Look At How The Film Was Recomposed From Its Original Widescreen Presentation To A Full-Screen Presentation For Home Video Release.|"Fishy Facts" About Disney/Pixar's FINDING NEMO|A bug's land Activity Games: Two All-New Games In Which You Can Be A Bug! Join Heimlich In His Attempt To Devour A Watermelon, And Play A Trivia-Based Game Of Hide-And-Seek With Francis The Ladybug!

Product Details

  • Actors: Phyllis Diller, Dave Foley, Brad Garrett, Jonathan Harris, Bonnie Hunt
  • Directors: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Disney-Pixar
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,025 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007LVCM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Bug's Life (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By milss on August 3, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a fable about our need to believe in ourselves.

The story is probably one of the best features in the exquisite animated film, A Bug's Life. The narrative about the life of a working ant called Flick and his attempt to save his colony from the eternal domination of the grasshoppers -through recruiting a group of insects that turn out to be circus actors- is completely charming, innovative and unique. The plot is a pleasant surprise for the audience: just when one thinks everything is revealed, a new twist comes out to keep us guessing again what will happen.

The movie allows itself to have a series of incredible characters that develop while the story takes its place. Flick goes from naive and optimistic to self-confident and serious. The circus members are one of the most eclectic groups of lovable losers ever to illuminate the screen. They add color to the plot and the rest of the cast, with their adventures, mischief, eccentricities and craziness. Their growth as a group, who finally find their audience, must be highlighted too. Little Princess Dot is charming in her role as a little ant with low self esteem until becomes a leader and finally princess.

The bugs are, in fact, very graceful and funny, but it's through their extravagant personalities and their sharp dialogs that finally conquer our sympathy.

In addition, there's a solid work of animation. The visual splendor is spectacular. This is an engaging film that seems to use the most vibrant colors. The detailed work is admirable in every corner, every gesture. Ambience and characters are not limited to coexist, but to work together, consolidating the story. This is one of the best animated features of the past decade. A solid accomplishment from Pixar, who doesn't seem to let us down with their creativity, their craftsmanship and their pure genius!
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108 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Tom Zohar on July 24, 2000
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This is probably not going to surprise anyone-- This is simply an excellent DVD, in every scale. The first disc contains the movie itself, which is transferred from its original, digital source. The picture quality is unbelievable. Not one spot comes up during the movie, not one scratch appears-- because this wasn't transferred from film. This is the way A Bug's Life should be watched. The colors are amazing, bright and contrast eachother perfectly. The sound is also unbelievable-- this movie challanged my 1.5 surround system perfectly. Unlike some other movies I've seen, where the two rear speakers are only used about twice in the movie, A Bug's Life uses them almost constantly-- You can hear the crickets and cicadas all around you in many of the scenes, Hopper's gang are flying at you from behind; Even with a simple scene like the "Royal Huddle" the ant's footsteps are coming from around you. The first disc contains a Cinemascope widescreen version and a pan-and-scan version. I'll have to say that if you don't have a widescreen TV (I don't), you probably should forget about the widescreen version here as it is aspecially small. Besides, the PSP version was edited digitally in a very special way, even described on this DVD-- you hardly miss anything in the PSP version because of that special editing. If anything, you actually get to see more detail. Also on the first disc are two special audio choices, Music Only (cool) and SFX only (VERY cool), and a director's commentary (quite cool, although not the best I've heard. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich seem to talk too much about the story, which sometimes makes it sound as if they're just describing what you already see on screen.Read more ›
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1999
Format: DVD
A BUG'S LIFE is truly a movie that the entire family can enjoy. It is adorable, funny, and it has a message that everybody can relate to.
The DVD is amazing, amazing, amazing! The transfer (the first ever completely digital transfer), is simply unbelievable. It is like you can reach into the screen and touch the characters. The cinemascope animation is truly stunning, and the transfer expresses it beautifully. The sound is wonderful. You feel like you're in the bugs' world.
This DVD has the most amazing set of extras I have ever seen. It takes you through the entire process of making A BUG'S LIFE...I've gone through "preproduction" and the first half of "production" and it took me an hour and a half...I still have three sections left! What is more amazing is that every extra is interesting! Truly an outstanding, sure to be groundbreaking disc. Disney, why can't all of your DVDs be like this!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Fletcher on June 22, 2000
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A Bug's Life is entertaining for kids and adults alike. This movie is a non-stop action fest that has been masterfully captured on DVD.
The picture quality if superb, if not the best I've seen, for an animated DVD due to the direct digital to DVD transfer. In full screen mode, you will be amazed how clean and delineated the picture is; the detail is incredible!
My big surprise was how amazing the sound is on this disc. You can use this to show off your Dolby Digital sound system to friends just as well as any action film. The surround effects are crisp and the bass is well defined.
My only complaint would probably be that the action and sound is so non-stop, that it can tire out adults, albeit mesmerizing children the whole time.
The extras are plenitiful and well done. The inclusion of the end-title outtakes is the highlight of a wonderful special edition disc you're sure to enjoy.
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