When Kurosawa made Seven Samurai in 1954, reports indicate he envisioned a better, brighter future in which his film would be reimagined as one ant's quest to save his colony from a bullying gang of douche-bag grasshoppers. His vision, for the most part, was fulfilled. Clever one-liners, adorable ants and a grasshopper's gruesome death by devouring makes A Bug's Life lesser Pixar, but still a pretty fun film. It's purely an adventure story, not really interested in delving into the more existential, thematically interesting territory Pixar has explored since. Still though, without seeming too heavy-handed or narrow-minded, it promotes the classical American ideal of individualism and self-improvement. This is a really solid film, but I just didn't fall in love with it like I wished I had.
First effort to complete my Pixarathon
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