�A BUG�S LIFE,� THE SMASH-HIT, ANIMATED FEATURE FILM, WILL AIR IN HDTV
ON �THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY,� SATURDAY, JUNE 24
The Stellar Voice Cast Includes Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Denis Leary,
Dave Foley, Phyllis Diller, David Hyde Pierce, Richard Kind and Madeline Kahn
�A Bug�s Life,� which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Musical, Original Musical or Comedy Score, airs in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP as a presentation of �The Wonderful World of Disney,� SATURDAY, JUNE 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 9/30/01)
�A Bug�s Life,� another box-office hit by the producers of �Toy Story,� tells the story of Flik (Dave Foley, �NewsRadio,� �Kids in the Hall�), the smartest ant in his colony. Flik invents a device to harvest grain faster so the colony can build a mountain of food as an offering to a tyrannical band of grasshoppers. Unfortunately Flik spills the offering and Hopper (two-time Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, �K-Pax,� �American Beauty,� �The Usual Suspects�), the leader of the grasshoppers, makes his great displeasure known � and promises grave consequences if the offering is not restored.
Flik apologizes to the Queen (Phyllis Diller, TV�s �Titus�) and is encouraged by Princess Atta (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emmy Award-winner for �Seinfeld�) and Mr. Soil (Roddy McDowall, �Planet of the Apes�), then sets out on a journey with a plan to hire mercenaries to defend the colony against the grasshoppers. Alas, the nine bugs he hires � believing they are fierce warriors -- are actually discontented flea-circus performers.
Randy Newman, who has received 11 Oscar nominations in music categories since 1985 � including three in 1999 for �A Bug�s Life,� �Pleasantville� and �Babe: Pig in the City� -- won the Oscar in 2002 for �Monsters, Inc.�
The film�s outstanding voice cast includes Dave Foley as Flik, Kevin Spacey as Hopper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Princess Atta, Hayden Panettiere (�Normal�) as Princess Dot, Phyllis Diller as Queen, Richard Kind (�The Station Agent�) as Molt, David Hyde Pierce (TV�s �Frasier�) as Slim, Joe Ranft as Heimlich/Additional Voices, Denis Leary (ABC�s �The Job�) as Francis, Jonathan Harris (�Toy Story 2�) as Manny, Madeline Kahn as Gypsy, Bonnie Hunt (�Life with Bonnie�) as Rosie, Michael McShane as Tuck/Roll, John Ratzenberger (TV�s �Cheers�) as P.T. Flea, Brad Garrett as Dim and Roddy McDowall as Mr. Soil.
The 1998 animated film was directed by John Lasseter (�Toy Story,� �Toy Story 2�) and Andrew Stanton (�Monsters, Inc.,� �Toy Story,� �Toy Story 2�) from a story by Lasseter, Stanton, Joe Ranft, Don McEnery (�Hercules�) and Bob Shaw (�Hercules�). The film is a production Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Productions. (CLOSED CAPTIONED). This film carries a TV-G parental guideline.
�A BUG�S LIFE� IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network�s HDTV broadcast of �A Bug�s Life� will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC�s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP