11Seven Samurai (A Bug’s Life)
Compiling a list of all the movies that have been inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s work is a daunting task in and of itself. An animated kid’s movie about talking bugs may not be in the same of vein as, say, a Quentin Tarantino movie -- just one
of many noted directors who copied Kurosawa on a regular basis -- but it’s still as good an homage as all the others.
The plot for Seven Samurai goes as follows: A Japanese village falls under the attack of some nearby marauding thieves. Without anywhere to turn, the villagers put together a ragtag group of seven good guys to protect the people from the mischiefs. Similarly, in A Bug’s Life, an ant named Flik looks to save his colony from a group of criminal grasshoppers led by the sinister Hopper. He recruits a band of warrior bugs, which turn out to be a circus troupe, in order to take down the grasshoppers and save the ants from extinction.
While many would note another animated movie Antz for its similarities with A Bug’s Life, both films were released within two months of one another, in effect eliminating any possibility that either film was a derivative of the other. And while A Bug’s Life isn’t often mentioned in the upper echelon of Pixar’s filmography, it still holds a very special place for true fans, whether its story is entirely original or not.