Pixar’s second – and possibly most underrated – animated movie treat A Bug’s Life has arrived on 4K Ultra HD. So, what’s it like? Is it a beautiful butterfly, or a poo-poo platter?
The story: Every year ants gather food as an offering to protect them from the wrath of grasshoppers. They come, they eat, they leave – and no ants are harmed in the process. This year’s different, however, thanks to free-thinking ant Flik, who inadvertently knocks the offering into the drink. It’s fair to say that the grasshoppers aren’t particularly pleased about this, and the colony is left needing a saviour. No worries, Flik’s on the case…
“Ladies and gentlebugs! Larvae of all stages! Rub your legs together for the world’s greatest bug circus!”
The 4K disc: If we didn’t know that A Bug’s Life hails from 1998, we’d have guessed that it was much newer. The movie is a joy to watch again on 4K Ultra HD, with the added benefit of HDR to brighten proceedings where appropriate, while darker scenes don’t descend into murky territory. Animation-wise things are noticably simpler than recent Pixar releases, but we still think that the detail and quality on display belies the movie’s age. We’ve seen much more primitive animation in decidedly more recent releases from other studios.
Once you crank the volume a little higher than you would on most other 4K discs, the newly-created Dolby Atmos mix here does everything that it should with aplomb. Our first time meeting Hopper and his crew shows off subtle but effective height channel usage, while surround and sub action is a joy to behold when we’re introduced to our bug circus pals. Meanwhile, music sits where it should in the mix, and is the icing on a pleasingly immersive audio experience.
This is a single 4K disc release that comes with no extra features.
Release date: March 4, 2020
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Denis Leary
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.