Despicable Me

  • Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
  • Producers: John Cohen, Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri, Executive Producer, Robert Taylor, Nina Rappaport
  • Writers: Screenplay, Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
  • Genres: Animation, Family
  • Actors: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Danny McBride, Miranda Cosgrove, Jack McBrayer, Mindy Kaling, Ken Jeong, Jemaine Clement, Julie Andrews, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Dave Foley

The plot revolves around the world’s #2 supervillain, Gru (Steve Carell) whose evil attempts are always thwarted by Vector (Jason Segel), the #1 supervillain. In an attempt to outdo Vector, he starts plotting to steal the moon while he hides underground in a suburban neighborhood living with his idiotic minions which look like genetically altered Corn Pops. In the teaser trailer, the Great Pyramid of Giza is shown to have been stolen and may contribute to part of Gru’s plan. His plot is jeopardized by three orphaned girls (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher) who see him as a prospective father. [1]

A Bug s Life

  • Directors: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
  • Producers: Darla K Anderson, John Lasseter
  • Writers: Story, Joe Ranft, Additional Story, Gefwee Boedoe, Jason Katz, Jorgen Klubien, Robert Lence, David Reynolds Screenplay, Andrew Stanton, Don McEnery, Bob Shaw
  • Genres: Family, Animation, Comedy, Adventure
  • Actors: Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Denis Leary, Phyllis Diller, Joe Ranft, David Hyde Pierce, Brad Garrett, Richard Kind, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Harris, Hayden Panettiere, Madeline Kahn, Roddy McDowall, Michael McShane, John Ratzenberger, Ashley Tisdale

A colony of ants on a small island are working to gather enough food to satisfy the extortion demands of a gang of tough grasshoppers who visit every growing season. One ant, Flik, is an inventor whose creations usually do more harm than good. While trying out a mechanical harvester, he accidentally knocks the pile of food into a stream just before the grasshoppers arrive. Their leader, Hopper, gives the ants the rest of the season to make good on what they owe, but orders a double ration of food after Flik stands up to him in defense of the Queen’s younger daughter, Dot. Flik is called before the colony’s royal council and admonished severely for his actions. Princess Atta, Dot’s older sister and the eventual successor of the current queen, is unsure about how to deal with him. When Flik suggests that he might try to recruit some “warrior bugs” to fight the grasshoppers, the council sees this idea as a chance to get him removed and enthusiastically approves. Reaching the insect “city,” built from discarded boxes and cans, Flik encounters a troupe of unemployed circus bugs whose latest performance has just ended in disaster. He mistakes them for the warriors he needs; at the same time; they believe him to be a talent scout who wants to book their act on the island. They return to the colony, much to Atta’s surprise, and are immediately greeted as heroes who can put an end to the threat posed by Hopper’s gang. Atta soon becomes suspicious after almost overhearing a conversation in which both Flik and the troupe realize their mistakes. However, after they band together to save Dot from a hungry bird, she begins to think that the troupe may be able to stop the grasshoppers after all. She also starts to fall in love with Flik.

Dot overhears the gang’s plans to kill the queen once they have all the food, and she rushes to catch up with Flik, who has left the colony with the troupe. She persuades them to return and put the bird plan into action, with help from her and some of the other young ants. The model scares the gang, and they almost retreat until P. T. intervenes and inadvertently incinerates it. Enraged, Hopper sends his crazed associate Thumper to severely injure Flik, but Flik is still able to stand up and rally the other ants, saying that the grasshoppers depend on the extorted food for their own survival. The entire colony swarms against the gang, forcing them to leave but Hopper, now obsessed with killing Flik. In his rage, he grabs Flik and flies off, evading the troupe until Atta intervenes and rescues Flik. They lure him towards the bird’s nest and get separated. Hopper finds Flik and they fight until the bird emerges. Hopper, believing this bird to be another model, taunts Flik until it picks him up and feeds him to its chicks. The ants welcome Flik back into the colony and adopt his harvester to speed up grain collection. Passing her princess crown to Dot, Atta is crowned the new queen and chooses Flik as her mate. Before the troupe can leave, they must wait for one member, Heimlich the caterpillar, to emerge from the chrysalis in which he has encased himself. He pops out with a tiny pair of butterfly wings, far too small to lift him off the ground, and the troupe (with Molt, acting as a road crew assistant) departs with the colony’s thanks.