To determine which live-action remakes Disney fans didn’t want to see, Looper recently ran a poll to gauge their interest or lack thereof. Of the 536 respondents, only 6.16% think that “Pocahontas” shouldn’t be revisited, with 13.06% feeling the same way about “Toy Story.” Meanwhile, 13.43% cast their ballot for “Hercules,” 19.22% voted for “Bambi,” and 21.08% sided with “Ratatouille.” The clear winner was Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life,” which took home the remaining 27.05%, and there are likely a couple of explanations for why it scored so highly.
Currently sitting at a 92% fresh critical score on Rotten Tomatoes, “A Bug’s Life” is a well-regarded product of Disney’s early partnership with Pixar. Thanks to a strong cast consisting of names such as Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Phyllis Diller, it grossed over $363 million on a $120 million budget, making it quite a financial success. Those who thoroughly enjoyed it back in 1998 when it came out surely still harbor a strong love for it to this day, hence why they may not have any desire to watch a potentially worse live-action take on it.
At the same time, it’s important to consider where “A Bug’s Life” ranks in the pantheon of Disney and Pixar projects. It certainly has its fans and is a strong title in and of itself, but not long after it left theaters, it wound up largely forgotten. When comparing its pop-culture footprint to those of “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” and other Pixar efforts, it pales in comparison. Therefore, one could assume that it shouldn’t get a live-action retread since it’s simply not a marquee title that warrants it.
Whether you love it or hate it, most just aren’t into a live-action adaptation of “A Bug’s Life.” All things considered, that may be for the best.