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Comparisons between A Bug’s Life (Disney/PIXAR) and Antz (DreamWorks/PDI) are inevitable, because they are the second and third computer-animated features ever made, because they were created by rival studios and because of the many similarities between the two films. Both stories are set in ant colonies, and both center on a Princess and a schlemiel who save the colony and find each other. But despite their similar premises, Bug’s Life and Antz are very different films, and Bug’s Life is brighter, broader, better animated and funnier.


These minor flaws aside, A Bug’s Life is a clever, enormously entertaining film that has “hit” written all over it. This round of the Disney vs. DreamWorks duel goes to Disney — and PIXAR — for a technical knock-out.