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It's Tough to Be a Bug! is a nine-minute long 3-D short film based on A Bug's Life. Using theater lighting, 3-D filming techniques, audio-animatronics, computer animation, and various other special effects, the show gives the audience an idea of what it would be like to be a bug. Flik hosts the show and educates the viewer on why bugs shouldn't be seen as pests, but more as friends. The attraction opened in Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort on April 22, 1998, a full seven months before the actual film debuted in theaters. The film's theater is housed inside the Tree of Life. The show was duplicated three years later in the A Bug's Land section of Disney California Adventure on February 8, 2001.

Setting

At Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Bug's Life theater is located inside The Tree of Life. As the queue winds around the tree, visitors can glimpse animal carvings on the tree that aren't visible from other vantage points. The "underground" pre-show area features posters of various bug acts from the show, as well as those for all-insect parodies of Broadway musicals, such as Beauty and the Bees, Web Side Story, Little Shop of Hoppers, and My Fair Ladybug.

At Disney California Adventure, the Bug's Life theater is located in a bug's land. There, the queue passes through a replica of Ant Island before heading underground, where the queue appears the same as the one at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Plot

In Disney's Animal Kingdom, a female bug voice says "Ten minutes till showtime." before the song "One" plays. After the song, "Tomorrow", the voice says, "Five minutes till showtime." When "Tonight" is playing, the voice says "One minute till showtime." After the song, the doors open. But in California Adventure, the voice is a male bug and has "Flight of the Bumblebee".

The doors close, and the announcer tells the audience not to buzz, sting, pollinate or chirp during the show. Flik pops up upside-down from the ceiling. Then, Flik tells the audience to put their bug-eye glasses on and the butterflies fly away. The title card, a leaf that says "It's tough to be a bug!", appears. Then, jungle music begins to play, and a Mexican redknee tarantula (referred to as a Chilean Tarantula in the show) named Chili makes his appearance, surprising Flik. A pair of acorn weevils, along with Weevil Kneevil, place a slingshot on the stage and launch acorns from it. Chili shoots the first acorn with a quill, but fails to shoot the second due to Weevil holding on to it. Weevil then taunts Chili, who chases after him. The next guest is a soldier termite who defends his mound by spraying intruders with acid. A piece of the set (wood) falls with a rumble and the "Termitnator" steps out. The termite shoots at a taunting flea. Sensing more intruders, the termite shoots at the audience (despite Flik's protests) until he runs out of acid and leaves. Flik next introduces a stink bug named Claire de Room, who walks onto the stage. The acorn weevils place a flower as a target. Weevil re-enters the scene and crashes into the flower, causing it move towards the audience; Claire then passes gas, which affects and disgusts both Weevil and the audience.

An explosion is heard as Hopper, furious that Flik has allowed humans into the insect world, appears. A rhinoceros beetle chases Flik off the stage and four Weevils hold up an ad for "Knock 'em Dead" exterminators. The acorn weevils turn over the ad and use it as a makeshift movie screen to show clips from old monster movies featuring giant bugs. Hopper thinks that it's time for humans to have a taste of their own medicine, and a giant fly swatter attempts to flatten the audience. The screen goes black as a hand appears with a can of bug spray. Hornets sting the audience, and several Black widow spiders go up and down, trying to capture and scare the audience. Hopper says that nothing can stop him, but a chameleon appears and tries to eat him. Hopper, afraid of the chameleon, retreats.

Flik reappears and says that he forgot to mention about reptiles, which segues into the finale. Bees, dung beetles (The Dung Brothers), dragonflies, and ladybugs sing about how insects help humans and about how "it's tough to be a bug". Weevil returns, holding a moldy cupcake, and the bugs chase him. The butterflies come back to form as curtains and Flik wraps things up, saying that magnifying glasses is for looking at little things, not for burning little things and the show ends. The announcer says that audience members should remain seated, so that the beetles, maggots, and cockroaches can leave safely. The bugs start to talk at once and the announcer says to pick up the "grubby things" before they exit. In the Animal Kingdom show, the female voice says to exit through the doors to the left, while the male voice says to exit through the doors to the right. The guests put their bugs eyes in the bins outside the theater and exit.

Soundtrack

Queue music

The queue features parodies or renditions of songs from famous Broadway shows using bug sounds.

Track Name Parody / rendition of
1 "One" (A Cockroach Line) "One" (A Chorus Line)
2 "Beauty and the Bees" (Beauty and the Bees) "Beauty and the Beast" (Beauty and the Beast)
3 "Tomorrow" (Antie) "Tomorrow" (Annie)
4 "I Feel Pretty" (Web Side Story) "I Feel Pretty" (West Side Story)
5 "Hello Dung Lovers" (The Dung and I) "Hello Young Lovers" (The King and I)
6 "Tonight" (Web Side Story) "Tonight" mixed with Flight of the Bumblebee (West Side Story)

The show's score was composed and conducted by Bruce Broughton.

Theme song

The theme song, "It's Tough to be a Bug," was written by George Wilkins with lyrics by Kevin Rafferty, and is available on Music from Disney's California Adventure.


Cast

Other characters include Claire De Room and Henry the Bee.

Trivia

  • The Termite-ator is a reference to the Terminator from the Terminator films.
  • The audio-animatronic for Hopper is one of the most complex ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.
  • Hopper appears in the attraction despite his death in the movie.
  • The theater is sometimes used for movie previews like Maleficent, Ant-Manand Zootopia because of its 4-D effects.

Gallery

The Posters that are featured at the entrance:


v - e - d
Disney California Adventure logo
Buena Vista Street
Red Car Trolley
Hollywood Land
Animation AcademyDisney Animation BuildingDisney Junior - Live on Stage!Frozen: Live at the HyperionGuardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!Sunset Showcase TheaterTurtle Talk with Crush
Grizzly Peak
Grizzly River RunRedwood Creek Challenge TrailSoarin' Over California
Pacific Wharf
The Bakery TourWalt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar
A Bug's Land
It's Tough to Be a Bug!Flik's FlyersHeimlich's Chew Chew TrainFrancis' Ladybug Boogie • Princess Dot Puddle Park • Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies
Paradise Park
Goofy's Sky SchoolSilly Symphony SwingsGolden ZephyrJumpin' JellyfishThe Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Cars Land
Radiator Springs RacersMater's Junkyard JamboreeLuigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
Pixar Pier (Opening in 2018)
IncredicoasterToy Story Midway Mania!Mickey's Fun WheelGames of the Boardwalk
Current Entertainment
World of Color
Resorts
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & SpaDisney's Paradise Pier Hotel


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Disney's Animal Kingdom logo
The Oasis
The Oasis Exhibits
Discovery Island
Tree of LifeIt's Tough to Be a Bug! • Discovery Island Trails
Africa
Festival of the Lion KingKilimanjaro SafarisPangani Forest Exploration TrailsWild Africa Trek
Rafiki's Planet Watch
Wildlife Express Train • Conservation Station • Habitat Habit!Affection Section
Asia
Expedition EverestKali River RapidsMaharajah Jungle Trek • Flights of Wonder • Rivers of Light
DinoLand U.S.A.
DINOSAURFinding Nemo - The MusicalFossil Fun GamesPrimeval WhirlThe Boneyard PlaygroundTriceraTop Spin
Pandora – The World of Avatar
AVATAR Flight of PassageNa'vi River Journey
Resorts
Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeDisney's Coronado Springs ResortDisney's All-Star Movies ResortDisney's All-Star Music ResortDisney's All-Star Sports Resort


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A Bug's Life logo
Media
A Bug's LifeSoundtrackVideo GameClassic Storybook
Disney Parks
A Bug's LandBountiful Valley FarmDisney Animation BuildingFlik's FlyersFrancis' Ladybug BoogieGames of the BoardwalkHeimlich's Chew Chew TrainIt's Tough to Be a Bug!Princess Dot Puddle ParkStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseTuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies

Entertainment: One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!World of Color
Restaurants: Farmer's MarketSam Andreas Shakes
Shops: P.T. Flea Market
Parade: Disney On Parade 100 Years of MagicPixar Play ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights

Characters
FlikAttaDotThe QueenAphieDr. FloraMr. SoilThornyCorneliusHopperMoltThumperAxel and LocoGrasshoppersP.T. FleaDimRosieHeimlichFrancisSlimGypsyMannyTuck and RollCircus BugsThe BlueberriesBirdChicksThe Fly Brothers
Songs
The Time of Your LifeA Place You've Never Been
Locations
Ant IslandP.T. Flea's CircusBug CityBug BarHopper's Hideout
See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box