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The main message

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:19 am
by FlicksBFF
Hey everybody, does anybody know what the main theme or message of Bugs is?? I mean like whats the message the story wants you to pick up.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:58 am
by Fairly Odd New Yorker
I think it's telling us to stand up against someone who tells you what to do when you know they have no authority to.

But someone can probably elaborate on that. ;)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:43 pm
by A113
It doesn't really have a message, from what I understand. It's just a movie to be enjoyed, IMhO. :wink:

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:56 pm
by Glyph
It's about refusing to be bullied and knowing your own potential.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:36 pm
by Witch_of_Night
I think the message is to stand up for yourself and/or for your friends/family. The grasshoppers were "bullying" the ants and Flik stood up for them. Later, towards the end of the movie, the ants fought together and defeated the grasshoppers.
So, there might be two messages. The one I mentioned before and "together you can do everything".

There are no guarantees that everything is correct.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:04 pm
by FireFly
HMMM, I'd have to say knowing your own potential in life and not letting someone tell you what you are or are not capable of. Also, like the others have stated, "together we can do anything" and "stand up for yourselves and what you belive in." There are many messages in the film, but I think standing together stands out the most (pardon the pun :wink: )

PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:12 pm
by lizardgirl
Yeah, I've got to go with the general consensus here and say that the main messages are that no matter how strong the oppressor, you can overcome them with bravery and determination.

This doesn't actually always work in real life, but hey, it's a nice message to send. There's also the message of being able to grow- a lot of the characters, mainly Dot and Atta, mature throughout the film and settle into their roles, so to speak. In Dot's case, the message seems to be, 'don't try and mature too quickly, as everything will happen in its own time', and in Atta's case, it's more something along the lines of, 'don't try to avoid maturing, as although growing up does cause changes, the changes are usually for the better'.

There's also the idea that your enemies aren't always obvious. I mean, the grasshoppers could be considered the 'bad guys' of the film, but really, most of the ant colony were just as bad in rejecting Flick and his strange ideas. But he wasn't afraid to stand out, and with a smile on his face and a feeling that no matter what, everything would be alright, he overcame everyone that was against him.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:29 pm
by The Star Swordsman
I found a couple of themes in this book.

THere is strength in numbers.
Stand up for yourself, and your loved ones.
It is okay to be a little unique.
Give it some time, you are still a seed, waiting to grow.
DO NOT LIE!!! :evil:

There is a lot of themes iin the movie. I hope htis helps.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:35 am
by irishman14
Fairly Odd New Yorker wrote:I think it's telling us to stand up against someone who tells you what to do when you know they have no authority to.

But someone can probably elaborate on that. ;)


I got one. How about standing up to Bush and Chenny. There's not much difference between them and Hopper, except in attitude.

Re: The main message

PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:50 pm
by definedancing
IMO like all Pixar films there a quite a few messages and it can be open to interpretation.

It seems to have a bit of an anti-conformist message, but at the same time, a message about safety in numbers, which seems a bit contridictoary (I really can't spell today) on the outset. Having said that, maybe it's trying to say that it is better to be individuals with our own talents in a group, like how the circus troupe are, rather than a) be alone, or b) be all the same.

The message that stands out that most people can relate to though is the moral of "if at once you don't succeed, you try and try again". Like, Flik keeps messing up, bless him, and he thinks he can't do anything right, but he still doesn't give up. And he realises that Atta is like him in the respect that she's insecure about her position too. It comes to the rock/seed symbolism, that things take time to grow and things need to develop before they work. The bird worked-temporarily, at least-because everybody chipped in and helped out, whereas the inventions that didn't work failed because he didn't seek help to make things right. I don't know how I'm putting this; if you were to build a house, you'd have builders to build, architects to design, painters to paint and electrictions to wire. You can't do things on your own, no matter how much you might want to, but it's your idea that could make all the difference.

I think when Dot comes back and convinces Flik and the other bugs to fight is probably the bit where the films pace changes, because Dot knows that nobody other than Flik would dare stand up to Hopper, like he did at the start of the film. And when the blueberries can't get the bird to fly, and he's like "You can do it! You've got to make it work!", I think that sums it up for me.

Anyway, rambling on, apologies for that! 8D

Re: The main message

PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:24 am
by IncredigirlVirginia
I always just thought it was to be yourself. :shock: But, IMO, that wasn't crammed into our heads like some other movies did, so it's easy to find it hard to find the moral. That's good, though! because then the moral can be more subjective, and just whatever we want it to be.

Re: The main message

PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:34 pm
by ellie-jessie-eve
Don't be afraid to reach for your dreams, and I kind of got from the movie that there's a power in numbers lesson.

Re: The main message

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:06 am
by IncredigirlVirginia
I thought it was also about not being opressed by a dictator type leader, but I could be imagining that.

Re: The main message

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:38 am
by ellie-jessie-eve
IncredigirlVirginia wrote:I thought it was also about not being opressed by a dictator type leader, but I could be imagining that.


Yeah, well that's part of it.

Re: The main message

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:22 am
by IncredigirlVirginia
Well, I see what you mean. It pretty much goes under what you said. Sorry; I just look too much into stuff like that, while not looking into whether somebody already said it. :oops: