A Bug’s Life is not just an animated comedy, the plot explores Marxist ideology. My intention is not to recreate the animation but to explore Marx’s ideas that are disguised by the colourful and humorous family friendly animation, and use these as inspiration for my designs. Many of the major themes within the film draw on Karl Marx’s theories. He believed that past events, throughout history, revolve around the struggle between upper classes and workers, who have conflicting interests. Marx believed that if workers could overthrow capitalism, they could build a Socialist society. Therefore, my concept is driven by looking at the film as a metaphor for Marxism. A Bug’s Life could be a metaphor for Marxism in today’s society. It makes us take a closer look at the traits and what is going on, rather than the connective emotions that we could gather from the characters. The different species of bug represent different classes; circus bugs, the colony of ants, the grasshoppers and the almighty bird. The grasshoppers need the ants, the ants don’t need the grasshoppers. The ants, post rebellion, move toward a Capitalist society. Marx believed society could be divided into two main classes. One being, The Bourgeois – otherwise known as the class of Capitalists, the ruling class or the gang of grasshoppers within A Bug’s Life. The other being, The Proletariat – otherwise known as the class of wage labourers, the producers of products or the colony of ants within A Bug’s Life. Not forgetting the third category in A Bug’s Life, the circus bugs or warrior bugs. These I have categorised as a group of misfits/outcasts from society. Whilst adapting A Bug’s Life, my concept was further inspired by the ideas in George Orwell’s 1984. Written in 1948, Orwell presents what society might be like in 1984.
Using the concept of utopia to which Orwell  distorts effectively for his own purposes, Utopia, or Nowhere Land,  an ideal place or society in which human beings realise a perfect existence, a place without suffering or human malady. He manipulates and usurps the utopian tradition and creates a dystopia, a fictional setting in which life is extremely bad from deprivation, oppression, or terror. Orwell’s dystopia is a place where humans have no control over their own lives, where nearly every positive feeling is squelched, and where people live in misery, fear, and repression. “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength” (Orwell). Protagonist Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinises human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia. Taking ideas from Orwell visually and conceptually A Bug’s Life is transformed into it own state of dystopia, a place where you are only recognised by the uniform you wear.