A Bug's Life/Fridge

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  • Fridge Brilliance: At first glance it appears the writers failed to research ants, seeing as worker ants are mostly mindless instinct-driven drones. Then you realize that this story is about independence.
    • The origin of Thumper's name. It's for irony value. He's named after a cute, fluffy little bunny-rabbit.
    • If grasshoppers broke into an anthill like that in real life, the ants would tear them apart.
  • Fridge Horror: Remember those three grasshoppers that Hopper buries with the grain, and when you were a kid you thought that they crawled out at a later time and flew to the island? Guess what? He fucking killed them.
    • This one could go either way, really. Given the oft-ignored Square-Cube Law, a real grasshopper would probably survive that. However, it seems perfectly in character for Hopper to carelessly kill them like that.
    • Also, the fridge horror only works if you actually thought they survived. This troper never saw this scene as anything else than outright murder. Of course, if you start bringing physics into this movie, lotsa stuff starts making less sense. Like Flick being afraid of falling down the cliff when ants are so small they'd survive a fall from any height and so on.
    • Rosie is a black-widow spider. She makes reference to her 12th husband dying. [1]
  • A little of both: remember those terrifying dinosaurs from Jurassic Park? Most of them died out millions of years ago, sure, but the ones that didn't are still around; they just got very small (and grew more feathers). At the appropriate scale, they can be just as scary.

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  1. It's the norm for female black widow spiders to kill the male after sex. Sure, that doesn't necessarily imply that it's the reason he died, but still...