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No, I have not been getting lazy. For some reason, I can't find that many fun facts about A Bug's Life. It seems like this movie can be forgotten easily. But here are 30 facts about A Bug's Life.

  • The film was a retelling of Aesop's fable, The Ant and the Grasshopper.
  • Before the movie’s release, Pixar got into a public feud with Dreamworks, because Pixar staff believed Dreamworks had stolen the idea for the movie, Antz.
  • It used almost 10 times the computing power Toy Story required.
  • Lee Unkrich considered calling the film “Bug Story”, but since they had already released “Toy Story”, they didn’t want people to think that all of their movies would be named “_______ Story”.
  • This is the first film to not contain one human character.
  • This is also the first film to have the words “The End” at the end of the film.
  • The box of Casey Jr. cookies contain 92 grams of protein, 100% Vitamin F, 2% Boron, and is based on an 8000 calorie daily diet.
  • Casey Jr. is also a reference to Casey Jr. in the Disney film, Dumbo.
  • In the bar, a slug says he doesn’t want salt on his food. The joke is that salt is fatal to slugs and snails.
  • When the grasshoppers invade the colony, we hear the Wilhelm Scream.
  • John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, two people who directed the movie, voiced the two bugs in the Bug Zapper scene.
  • The names of the businesses in Bug City are named after children of Pixar staff.
  • 26 minutes and 49 seconds into the film, we see a poster for The Lion King: On Broadway.
  • One of the film’s outtakes features Atta continuously laughing at one of Hopper’s lines until Hopper storms off. This is a reference to Atta’s voice actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus being famous for doing the same thing.
  • When Flik is walking into Bug City, you can see A113, an easter egg that appears in every Pixar movie. The second part of the code, 1195, is in reference to when Toy Story was released, November 1995.
  • The Pizza Planet truck is seen next to the trailer above Bug City.
  • When the scouts are painting Francis, we see Mickey ears in the background.
  • This is the first Pixar film to feature outtakes.
  • During the outtakes of the film, we see Woody from Toy Story holding a clapboard upside down.
  • In another outtake, Flik yells Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase, “To infinity and beyond!” because he just couldn’t resist.
  • Flik’s voice actor, Dave Foley, originally auditioned for the role of Slim.
  • In the first draft of the film, Flik was a red ant named Red and was part of the circus gang.
  • Atta got her name from Atta Columbica, a type of leafcutter ant.
  • Robert De Niro was offered the role of Hopper three times, but turned it down.
  • John Lasseter then met Kevin Spacey at the 68th Academy Awards and Spacey signed on immediately.
  • Hopper's hand gestures were based off of Pixar CEO, Steve Jobs.
  • Ashley Tisdale tried out for the role of Dot.
  • P.T. Flea is named after P.T. Barnum, who founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
  • The tunnel in a tunnel joke is a reference to Steve Jobs’s plan for Apple’s store in a store.
  • Randy Newman reused some music from James and the Giant Peach, another film about talking bugs.

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