A Bug’s Life was produced by Pixar animations studios, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios in 1998, shortly after there first successful 3D computer animation, Toy story. Based on Aesop’s famous fable ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’, A Bug’s life tells the tale of a colony of ants who seasonally gather food for themselves and a cruel power hungry gang of grasshoppers. The colony’s usual troublemaker accidentally destroys the food supply; the angry leader of the grasshoppers, led by maniacally warped Hopper threatens to kill the ants if they do not provide a new supply of food by the time they return, which is an impossible task and will leave them no time to gather food for themselves.
Flik leaves the colony with the hope that he will find other ‘warrior’ bugs to help wage a war against the grasshoppers, he stumbles across a group of bugs who unbeknownst to him, are circus bugs suffering from their own form of bad luck. This group also believe that Flik is a talent agent and they agree to travel back to Ant Island with him.
When the group become aware of the war they abandon Flik in fear but re-join the colony after saving the Queen’s daughter Dot from a bird attack. This attack inspires Flik to devise a new plan in building a fake bird to scare away Hopper and his gang, however when the circus ringmaster arrives searching for the bugs the colony reject Flik and he finds himself banished by Princess Atta, heir to the throne of Ant Island and who is also Flik’s love interest. Meanwhile with Flik banished the ants desperately try to gather enough food for the grasshoppers but are unable to do so in the short space of time. Dots mistakenly overhears Hopper’s plan to kill the queen and frantically looks for Flik to convince him to return and use his fake bird. The bird is almost a success until it is accidentally set on fire; Hopper orders an attack on Flik. Before he proceeds to kill him, Princess Atta defends Flik encouraging the rest of the colony to fight against the grasshoppers. Linking arm in arm they prepare to stand up to grasshopper’s once and for all. coming together in solidarity, the ants realise they are stronger together and eventually scare the grasshopper’s away.