The movie “A Bug’s Life” greatly portrays the way humans have interacted within various economic systems. It resembles the old traditional economies like imperialism, modern market capitalism and historical revolutions.
The ant colony, which is the movie’s source of struggle and triumph, represents a typical old traditional economy. The ants relied on the fruits of their own labor. In other words, they are farmers like the other third-world countries in our today’s world. However, the time came when they no longer farm for themselves anymore. Since the beginning of the movie, the ants had to spend all of their time grazing for the grasshoppers. This is a classical depiction of a powerful nation discovering an isolated country and exploiting them. The grasshoppers exploited the ants for their labor by threatening to not protecting them from the other insects if the ants do not continue collecting for their offering. The concept of collecting crops represents to an old traditional economy of religion. The offering is similar to presenting food and other sacrifices to the gods to please them.
The use of simple technologies is also seen. Flick, which is the main character of the movie, looks to invent better technologies for collecting crops like those grain-collecting devices which can speed up the collection of the grains. This demonstrates outer-world influence on the small economy as the need for better technology arises from the exploitation of the ant colony by the grasshoppers, which caused an increased in demand for production and collection within the ant colony. But his fellow grasshoppers ignore Flick’s innovations and focused on collecting offerings for the grasshoppers. This scenario can be compared to our economy. There are so many brilliant minds in our country, yet they were ignored because our economy cannot appreciate the innovations of our fellow people.
An accident has happened because of Flick that...