The Film: A Bug’s Life (1998) The Moment: Like a scene out of a ‘50s gang movie, bully bug Hopper – voiced with ideal smarm and menace by Kevin Spacey – and his gang land in the ant colony and demand their annual food supply.
Between ramping up the grasshoppers’ buzz so it sounds like motorcycles and the excellent character animation on the wrong ‘uns, it’s another early indication that Pixar knows how to wow with simplicity.
In Their Own Words: “We had the idea of the feet smashing into the ant hill, with shafts of light coming through from the very first outline,” says Andrew Stanton.
“We were so excited about our grasshoppers’ introduction, with them coming in like Hell’s Angels to a small Midwestern town and just wreaking havoc, riding their motorcycles through cafes. But then the leader comes in and they all stop dead and it shows you the power of Hopper over the others.”