Sunday Cinema Reflections: A Bug's Life (1998)

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Blessings Steemians!

Another Sunday, another look at a movie that can change your life! Welcome to episode 7 of Sunday Cinema Reflections. This time around, I'd like to take a look at another wonderful kids' movie with a potent message.

Previous Episodes

Episode 1: K-PAX
Episode 2: Snowden
Episode 3: The Peaceful Warrior
Episode 4: They Live
Episode 5: Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land
Episode 6: The Big Short

Be warned, while I do not plan to spell out the whole story of any of these movies, there will most likely be at least some spoilers in every episode.

Episode 7: A Bug's Life

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The Movie

A Bug's Life was inspired by Aesop's fable The Ant and The Grasshopper, combined with a tale of a parasitic ruling class, and the standard trope of the bunch of misfits defeating that ruling class.

The movie was written & directed by John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton, the same team behind the Toy Story movies, Finding Nemo, etc. The score was written by Randy Newman (of course).

Though many preferred Antz (released close to the same time), the movie was a huge financial success, and I believe an important example of how the fear of the working class is the only thing keeping the "rulers" in power.

The Story

The movie is centered on Flik, a failed inventor ant, part of a colony of ants who are stuck in a cycle of violent oppression by some grasshoppers who demand that they collect enough food for them, "or else". When one of Flik's inventions causes the loss of the food supply that has been collected, Flik heads off to get help.

Rather than finding heroes, he finds a traveling bug circus, who think he is hiring them for a gig. Through a series of comedic events, Flik alternates between the role of hero and fool, finally tricking the leader of the grasshoppers into getting close to a bird's nest and freeing his people.

This video highlights a couple of clips from the film that perfectly lays out the message of the film, and is of course a perfect metaphor for the state of the world right now, with the bloodlines as the grasshoppers and the rest of humanity as the ants

Some Quotes

Hopper: Let this be a lesson to all you ants! Ideas are very dangerous things! You are mindless, soil-shoving losers, put on this Earth to serve us!
Flik: You're wrong, Hopper. Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers.I've seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick food for themselves and you. So-so who is the weaker species? Ants don't serve grasshoppers! It's you who need us! We're a lot stronger than you say we are... And you know it, don't you?


Flik: Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers. I've seen these ants do great things... and year after year, they somehow manage to pick enough food for themselves and you. So-so who's the weaker species? Ants don't serve grasshoppers! It's you who need us! We're a lot stronger than you say we are… and you know it… don't you?


Princess Atta: You see, Hopper. Nature has a certain order - the ants pick the food, the ants keep the food, and the grasshoppers... leave.


Worker Ant #1: No, no, no. Oh, no. Oh, no. I’m lost! Where’s the line? It just went away. What do I do? What do I do?
Worker Ant #2: Help!
Worker Ant #3: We’ll be stuck here forever!
Mr. Soil: Do not panic, do not panic. We are trained professionals. Now, stay calm. We are going around the leaf.
Worker Ant #1: Around the leaf. I don’t think we can do that.
Mr. Soil: Oh, nonsense. This is nothing compared to the twig of ’93. That’s it. That’s it. Good! You’re doing great! There you go. There you go! Watch my eyes. Don’t look away. And here’s the line again!

Why I Wanted to Share A Bug's Life

As I mentioned in a previous episode, one of the things I've been looking for over the last couple of years is to find movies/shows that folks can watch with their kids that don't contain the standard statist, corporatist, disempowering BS programming. Obviously there aren't all that many options, but there are certainly a few, and I plan to showcase them all in this series.

Thanks for tuning in for another episode of Sunday Cinema Reflections, and please be sure to follow my blog to catch the next one, plus all my other content (I publish daily, on a wide range of topics)


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"Greatest Hits/Table of Contents" of my first 2 years on Steemit

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Looks like I'll have to check this out. I'm way behind on movies. I still haven't seen Star Wars or any of The Godfather films...


WHHAAATTT? Wow! The Star Wars movies especially, for their mix of Taoism, the ragtags tearing down an empire, etc... not only tons of cultural references, but extremely relevant to the modern world.


I know. Church family. I saw 5 minutes of the film then my mom walked in the room and freaked out. Turned me in to the patriarch who had a problem with that whole "force" thing.

As an adult, I saw Phantom Menace and was about to watch​ the original on DVD. Ran into this whole purists controversy stating the new versions were altered and the only accurate version was on laser-disc from the 80's!

Star Trek is so much easier... :)

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