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A Bug's Life

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family

Journey inside the world of bugs in this epic of miniature proportions.

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common sense

ON for kids age 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Cute animated tale with some mild peril and scary bugs.

what parents need to know

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.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the bug world. How many bugs can you name? How do bugs communicate in real life? Why do you think ants and bees live in such big colonies? How do they benefit the earth?
  • Families can also discuss bullies, and how to deal with them. What was Hopper's perspective on power? What did the ants do to combat the bullies? Have you ever encountered real-life bullies?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Luke Buckmaster, In Film Australia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

pixars worst movie and their only movie that isn't really good. B-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010

5 stars

For me, this is the best pixar movie. I'm not really a fan of the studio's usual stuff, but this is just really good on all levels. It's really weird and goofy, but at the same time very touching and human. However, it's not sappy or slapstick in nature, just downright good. It takes some of the best adventure stories and applies them to an ant colony, really different kind of animated movie. Some memorable characters and an appropriately harnessed vision. It's less flashy and obvious as Toy Story, but a lot more timeless and cool.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, June 23, 2010

2 stars

A fun Pixar film but not as good as some of the others.

- SirPant, Friday, September 25, 2009