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A Bugs Life

 

 

SCORE: 92

 

A Bugs Life 

 

When I heard A Bug’s Life was making its way to Blu-ray I was pretty excited. I remembered this Disney Pixar film to be one of the fun family films. All ages of the family love to see this story about grasshoppers who bully the ants. The ants however learn to stand up for themselves thanks to Flik and the circus bugs. The cast of characters in A Bug’s Life are all flawed in one way or another. It makes them almost human. Certain characteristics are also used for humorous results. For example a male lady bug who almost everyone thinks is a female. Many times it infuriates Francis (the male lady bug).

Pixar studios has long been associated with some of the best graphics in the industry. A Bug’s Life is one of their films that helped give them that image. The bugs look very realistic, and so does the scenery. There is some mild peril as one bug gets beaten up, and others are very threatening. The last item parents will notice is when one bug gets burned by a small fire. He winds up okay, but it is worth a mention. A Bug’s Life also contains acts of heroics in many different circumstances.

Denis Leary shows some nice range in A Bug’s Life. He starts out as a quick to anger character who mellows out drastically. There is a lot of humor on this Blu-ray disc that all ages of the family will appreciate. I love the lesson in A Bug’s Life to stand up against evil. It also teaches a lesson about honesty and giving others hope. I did not find any offensive language while watching A Bug’s Life.

Blu-rays are raising the bar for special features. A Bug’s Life is no different. I could not list all of the extras in this review. A full list can be found in the News Archives (year 2009) of the Family Friendly Gaming website. There are a few that I want to touch bases on; The First Draft, and Filmmakers’ Round Table. These two are brand new to Blu-ray, and well worth the price of admission.

How much fun is it to watch A Bug’s Life? Well as an adult it drew me in, and captivated my interest. I looked over at my children and they were also into this movie. The storytelling is spectacular. The menu screens function very well. The only complaint I have is the size of the font for many of the selections. This is a minor issue, but one that was noticeable.

I appreciate how A Bug’s Life shows honesty is the best policy. Flik lies, and has to pay the price for it. He also shows amazing grace when he comes back to the ant hill (after being banished) to save the day. He winds up forgiven, and learns a little bit about himself. The entire rock bit is something that I will carry with me for years to come. I would love to see a sequel to A Bug’s Life. This is a decent film for families.
 -  Paul

 

Graphics: 90%
Sound: 89%
Replay/Extras: 97%
Gameplay: 90%
Family Friendly Factor: 92%
System: Blu-ray
Publisher: Disney Pixar
Rating: 'G' for General Audiences

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