2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: It's Tough to be a Bug! at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Theme Park Insider readers have voted It's Tough to Be a Bug!
in Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World as the seventh seed in the Best Movie or Animated Show bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
It's Tough to be a Bug is somewhat unique among movie-themed attractions in that it debuted before the film upon which it was based. It's Tough to be a Bug debuted with the rest of the Animal Kingdom park on April 22, 1998. But Pixar's "A Bug's Life," which supplied the characters for It's Tough to be a Bug, didn't appear in theaters until November of that year.
It's Tough to be a Bug was Disney's second "4-D," movie, following Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. Playing inside (okay, underneath) the park's iconic Tree of Life, the movie stars the ant Flik, who just wants to show everyone that insects should be people's friends. This being a 4-D flick, of course, that lesson is delivered along with a slew of bugs, gunk and other assorted items being chucked at the screen, along with other in-theater effects.
The show can frighten small kids, but ends sweetly. Fans credit the show for its gags, though others complain that the gags don't hold up after several viewings. It's Tough to be a Bug also now plays at Disney's California Adventure, where it anchors the A Bug's Land section of the park.
How do you think It's Tough to be a Big ranks among other theme park 3-D movies? Let's hear your thoughts, in the comments.
This is such an underrated attraction. It's a short show but every second of it is pure awesomness. The in theater effects also add much to the experience. Definitely in my top three in this category.
One of the better attractions of its type, imho. My kids never had a problem with it, although my wife did leap out of her seat when the creepy crawlies came out near the end of the show... It's Tough To Be A Bug gets bonus points for that memory!
The 3-D holds up well even after 11 years or so, and the show is an entertaining mix of humor and scares. And don't forget Hopper, one of the best audio animatronics in all of WDW.
I have gotta say one of my favorites out there as well. Its one of the few that gives me the creeps (no pun intended), even though I know exactly what is coming up. Its also the only 4D show I know that is partly educational. It really is a showcase of how bugs are important. I leave you with the closing song as an example:
Never been to Animal Kingdom, but have visited California Adventure numerous times and seen this movie. Personally, I prefer the Muppets 3-D movie. The Bugs movie sends many kids out crying, and the storyline is not interesting enough for multiple viewings (although we seem to watch it every year). The Muppets stay more interesting as credited to the humor of the film and well-endearee characters that have charmed for multiple generations.
It's one of the best 3D movies in any theme park anywhere. But definitely not the best-looking. If you ask me, that would be Shrek 4D. I'm guessing Shrek is digital and all the 3D movies at Disney are not?
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