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 that was an industry-wide improvement!
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I grew up watching this film a lot back in the day when it came out (along with the first two Toy Story movies, but Bug's Life was the one I often watched the most during the late 90s). I was 2 years old when A Bug's Life came out and I would watch my VHS tape of the film and the Geri's Game short numerous times. I often rewinded my tape during specific scenes because of how funny or memorable they were (the one I think of is when Hopper and his gang were at their hangout spot inside the sombrero hat and Hopper gives his speech after crushing three of his guys to death with the grains). I definitely agree that it's probably their most underrated film, which does shock me sometimes because Pixar's filmography from 1995-2010 is often the most talked about and beloved, yet Bug's Life always seems to be sidelined from their other works during their first 15 years of film. It's one of their funniest films in my opinion and there's a lot of admire about it despite it not being one of their bests. Also, I noticed that Disney (and even Pixar during their early years) used to have their scary moments, especially with villain deaths and Hopper's death used to scare me as a kid watching it. 😨
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I think one reason the film doesn't get as much attention as the other Pixar films is because it's story doesn't quite have the depth that the other films have. Some people say that about Cars, but I strongly disagree with that. 
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