A Bug’s Life came out around the same time as Antz, another kid’s movie about insects. At the time of its release, critics recognized Antz as a very adult movie, chock full of jokes and themes that probably went right over the heads of young audience members. But it wasn’t the only insect movie with adult content hidden in material for children. It’s time to shine a light on the grown-up oriented moments in A Bug’s Life, which range from subtle jokes a kid wouldn’t understand, to dirty humor, to outright worse-than-G violence and innuendo.
The Drunk Mosquito
There’s a mosquito at the bar ordering a “Bloody Mary 0+.” He quickly sucks it up, bloating his belly before passing out. So he gets drunk off a blood type, which is pretty funny, and also looks like he’s snorting coke. Killing a lot of birds with one stone there, Pixar.
Dr. Flora Tries to Hit on an Ant Then Wants to Use It as a Sex Doll
During the gag reel, we see Dr. Flora lean over to an ant and ask, “So, is there a Mrs. Ant you have to tunnel home to?” As she touches the ant it tips over; turns out it’s a cardboard cut out. She laughs and says, “Oh, dear. Put that thing in my car.” That final part implies she’s going to still make use of it, so…cardboard sex doll?
The Snail with Food Allergies
Salt kills snails, which is why Slick freaks out when he’s trying to eat and his mouth begins sizzling. He shouts, “Hey, I said no salt!”
The Graphically Violent Mural
In one scene, a mural is shown on a leaf. The art depicts a bunch of massacred insects torn to pieces, impaled, and lying in pools of blood. What is this, Blood Meridian? Pretty grotesque stuff for children.
The Typecast Joke
Slim the stick bug is unhappy with his role in his circus troupe, declaring “You always cast me as the broom, the pole, the stick!”
This is an example of typecasting, which is when an actor or actress is assigned their roles solely based on their appearance of previous success in a particular type of role. This isn’t something you’d likely understand as a kid, but its a bit adults can chuckle at