A Bug's Life

1998 G 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD

A Bug's Life

1998 G 1h 36m Blu-ray / DVD
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On behalf of "oppressed bugs everywhere," an inventive ant named Flik hires a troupe of warrior bugs to defend his bustling colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by the evil-minded Hopper.
Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Denis Leary, David Hyde Pierce, Richard Kind, Jonathan Harris, Bonnie Hunt, Michael McShane, Joe Ranft, Hayden Panettiere, Madeline Kahn, Phyllis Diller, John Ratzenberger, Brad Garrett, Alex Rocco, Edie McClurg, Roddy McDowall
John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
French, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children. G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there's lots of "good bug-bad bug" cartoon action and some images that could be scary to very young children who have not yet differentiated make believe violence from real violence, or to sensitive kids who are not comfortable with suspense or jeopardy. Scowling, threatening grasshoppers loom over and swarm toward a colony of vulnerable ants, the heroes of the story. The insects contend with fire, rain, predatory birds, as well as the power hungry grasshoppers. Older kids will enjoy the clever humor and the unique view of the insect world, as well as the interspecies conflicts.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


In cartoon terms, there are scary, intimidating bugs and birds, as well as some jeopardy to the film's heroes involving fire, rain, falls, and capture. A troop of grasshoppers led by the fierce Hopper threatens the ant queen's life, bullies the ant colony, swarms menacingly several times, and captures key ant players. Birds, looking for food, are enemies to all the insect species and swoop down perilously close to those most vulnerable. Flick, the bravest ant of all, is set upon by lots of other characters. He's hit, captured, and nearly killed. There are numerous clever, nail-biting rescues, and the chief baddie is the only fatality.


A few instances of "poo-poo," "butt," and "damn."

Social Behavior

Teamwork, resourcefulness, and courage can defeat a seemingly stronger enemy. Solutions to great problems can come from unlikely sources. It's important to believe in yourself and have faith in your abilities. Nature has a certain order which is to be respected: "The sun grows the food; ants pick the food; grasshoppers eat the food; birds eat the grasshoppers."


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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