Bug's Life, A
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +3

In A BUG'S LIFE, Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios have come up with some of the most colorful, realistic and appealing animation yet seen in motion pictures. And the story they tell is clever, very fast moving and lots of fun. A colony of ants is being forced by a hoard of fierce grasshoppers to supply them with food. But, thanks to an inventive, but bumbling ant named Flik (voice of Dave Foley), the ant's supply of grasshopper food is accidentally destroyed. So the menacing, powerful leader of the grasshoppers, Hopper (voice of Kevin Spacey), demands they replenish the food soon or be annihilated. The Queen ant and her beautiful daughter, Princess Atta (Julia Louis-Drefus), reluctantly commission Flik to find some warrior ants to help them. This leads to a grand adventure in which Flik mistakenly recruits some circus ants to help save the colony from the grasshoppers. The action is non-stop in this very funny, but sometimes harrowing and scary film. Most children, as well as their parents, will love it, but it may be too intense for more sensitive children.

This G-rated film lives up to its rating with only a few mild questionable elements. It is virtually devoid of any objectionable language or sexual content. Only a few mild humorous suggestive innuendoes are spoken as well as the phrase "screw up" referring to a mistake. The conflict between the ants and the grasshoppers produces many threatening chase scenes and scary confrontations. And a large red bird looking for food poses a frightening menace for the bugs as well. Even so, all the action does not seem excessive or exploitative. A male ladybug is sometimes comically mistaken to be female, and when he helps out a club of young female ants, he's accused of discovering his "feminine" side. Overall, though, A BUG'S LIFE is a fun, wholesome film for all the family to enjoy.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution,3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None, but comical remarks about male ladybug discovering his feminine side
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few Times-Mild (Male bug makes remark about pollinating with female, male bugs mistake male ladybug for female)
Drug Abuse: Implied, bugs drink liquid of unknown content in bars.
Other: Term
Running Time: 94 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 5 and older

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