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A Bug's Life
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Don Davis
Jonathan Sacks
Ira Hearshen

Co-Produced by:
Frank Wolf

"The Time of Your Life" Performed by:
Randy Newman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(September 15th, 1998)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
The song "The Time of Your Life" and the score were both nominated for Grammy Awards, the latter winning. The score was also nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you're an expressed fan of Randy Newman's predictable, but effectively jazzy scores and songs for animated films.

Avoid it... if Newman's sound for this genre borders on the generic for you, because A Bug's Life follows the composer's technique with precision.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #329
WRITTEN 2/19/99, REVISED 3/26/08
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A Bug's Life: (Randy Newman) In the battle between 1998 animated features involving insects, Disney and Pixar began production on A Bug's Life before Dreamworks did on Antz, but the latter film beat Disney to the theatres by almost two months. The proximity of their release dates begged countless comparisons between all the elements of their productions, and ten years later, the animated genre still hadn't seen anything like them. It's commonly considered that Antz features a better vocal cast with humor aimed more squarely at adults, while A Bug's Life is more lovable for the children and is visually more vivid. Both plots involve unique ants in a colony that want to make a difference or be something more, and their trailblazing actions both help save their colony by unexpected means. The music for the two productions can be compared directly as well, with John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams writing music for Antz that, in some ways, is similar to the laid back, jazzy style of Randy Newman, whose music for A Bug's Life, like the film, received far more initial recognition. Both scores are typical to the careers of their respective composers, with the Powell and Gregson-Williams entry opening the door for several future collaborations of equal creativity, while Newman was firmly establishing his own style for animation in the late 1990's. It's somewhat surprising to think back and recall that A Bug's Life was only Newman's third score for the genre (after Toy Story and James and the Giant Peach). His trademark song and score style for the genre was so familiar by 1998 that this sound was already synonymous with films like A Bug's Life.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 47:32
• 1. "The Time of Your Life" (3:16)
• 2. The Flik Machine (2:54)
• 3. Seed to Tree (1:01)
• 4. Red Alert (1:49)
• 5. Hopper and His Gang (3:21)
• 6. Flik Leave (2:37)
• 7. Circus Begins (1:27)
• 8. The City (2:35)
• 9. Robin Hood (0:59)
• 10. Return to Colony (1:33)
• 11. Flik's Return (1:24)
• 12. Loser (2:43)
• 13. Dot's Rescue (4:00)
• 14. Atta (1:08)
• 15. Don't Come Back (1:07)
• 16. Grasshoppers' Return (3:01)
• 17. The Bird Flies (2:38)
• 18. Ants Fight Back (2:14)
• 19. Victory (2:33)
• 20. A Bug's Life Suite (5:12)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains lyrics for the song, as well as the usual Disney advertisements for their other products, but no extra information about the film or score.
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