March 16th, 2012: A Bug’s Life (1998)

Cast and Crew:  John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton (Directors, Story); Randy Newman (Original Music); Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, Phyllis Diller, Richard Kind, David Hyde Pierce, Dennis Leary, Jonathan Harris, Madeline Kahn, Bonnie Hunt, Michael McShane, John Ratzenberger, Brad Garrett, Roddy McDowall, Edie McClurg, Alex Rocco, David L. Lander

What It’s About: Misfit ant Flik (Dave Foley) recruits a band of “warriors” to defend his colony against the grasshoppers who demand a tribute each year.  When the warriors turn out to be an insect circus troupe, will there be time to figure out a plan to defeat the grasshoppers?

Why Watch it Today?:  Today is St. Uhro’s Day, which honors the Finnish Saint who drove the grasshoppers out of Finland-or at least so said the Finnish American Minnesotans who  created him as a prank in the 1950s.  So put on your royal purple and watch this Pixar take on The Seven Samurai.

Where to Get It: Amazon Instant Video and iTunes, Netflix (Rental Only), YouTube or your local library.

Other Choices:  You could also watch Peter Graves take on an army of embiggened grasshoppers in Beginning of the End.

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