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I must start with a confession: until last night I had never seen A Bugs Life. The funny thing is, I spend so much time waiting for the next Pixar movie to come out and when it does, I am known for saying "it's not every day you get to see a new Pixar Movie" but somehow, through all the time waiting between films, the fact that I had never seen this movie never crossed my mind. As soon as it did, I immediately called my friend and borrowed his copy of the film. I think the reason why I got away with not seeing it for so long is because audiences don't talk about this movie nearly as much as most other Pixar films. I have no idea why because I genuinely enjoyed this film like crazy: It had a lot of very funny moments, it was extremely heartfelt; I really found that I related with Flik. Also, there are so many amazing Pixar characters that I discovered in this film. Especially, everyone in the Circus troupe who are now among my favourite Pixar Characters. Surprisingly, considering the limitations of CG animation at that time, I was very impressed with the visual feel of the film, too. 

Does anybody have any thoughts on why this film doesn't get as much attention from Pixar fans as their other movies? (or is it just me that thinks that because I never saw it). Also, if there is anyone else who hasn't seen A Bugs Life yet, I strongly recommend it.
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It may not get as much attention because it )didn't win as many awards as the more popular films, it's one of the lower-grossing films (only in the $300 millions), it was released a year before Toy Story 2 (which probaly got a lot of attention when announced to be theatrical), and there were less technical achievements (most Pixar films have at least one big one, while A Bug's Life's biggest was palabras used for grass).

For me, I had never heard of it until last fall, and I didn't notice anything about it that made it stand out above Pixar's other films when I saw it.
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We've spent a fair amount of time thinking about the movie, and we think it comes down to the fact that the main characters are bugs. Sure, they're appealing enough, but I don't think people think of films that they don't associate with daily life on some level too. For instance, not many kids are freaking out to have a Flik figure because he's a bug...but if you think about Buzz Lightyear, he's a toy through-and-through, and that keeps him top of mind. 

It is frustrating at times that the film doesn't get enough recognition though since the writing is fantastic and hilarious - and it has a huge cast of very engaging characters. Almost everyone that sees it says they love it, but after they walk away they forget about the film. Our theory is that it just doesn't fit into the culture as much some of the other characters Pixar has created.

PixarsBiggestFan wrote:
there were less technical achievements (most Pixar films have at least one big one, while A Bug's Life's biggest was palabras used for grass).

I don't know if the technical achievements matter so much to the average fan...but don't forget that the crowds animation was also a HUGE technical leap for this film and they created a way to randomly animate groups of ants to make them stand out and not look like a huge group moving in unison...so that was an industry-wide improvement!
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