A Bug's Life

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Cute animated tale with some mild peril and scary bugs.

G 1998 95 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 48 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 68 reviews

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age 7+

Don’t know how it got a G rating

This is actually the first time Common Sense has led me astray. We showed this to my just turned 5 yr old son based on this rating and he was pretty scared throughout the whole movie and continues to talk about how scary it was. The grasshoppers look, sound, and act vicious and cruel. It’s extremely violent. There are full on fist fighting, so much that the cartoon ant has a black eye and bruises. They torture ants while others look on. Hopper, the lead grasshopper threatens to kill his own brother, does kill another fellow grasshopper, threatens to kill the ants, including the very young/baby one. Spoiler: he then gets fed to baby birds in a graphic screaming/flailing way. It was disturbing on many levels even as an adult. I honestly don’t understand why these choices are made for young kids. The overall message could be good, don’t keep doing something because it’s always been done that way, embrace new ideas, celebrate your individualism, etc. but all that to us was overshadowed by the violence.

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 9+


This is an adult movie masquerading as a kids' movie because it involves animated insects rather than live-action people. The main character gets violently beaten to the ground and is bruised and unable to get up, and then his head is about to get squashed, there's lots of talk about murdering the queen, the antagonist is slowing fed alive to baby birds, the antagonist murders one of his followers, the queen has a boy toy who is going to rub her down with lotion. It was just awful. My husband and I cringed at each other over our kids' heads.

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

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