A Bug's Life Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

In the grand scheme of the film’s release, A Bug’s Life was overshadowed by numerous factors including controversy and being released shortly after the titanic Toy Story, but that doesn’t take away from its overall impact. The film ended up being proving grounds, both that Pixar could stand up to the impending powerhouse of Dreamworks and that feature-length animated films were here to stay. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the movie also received critical acclaim for just about everything from its characters to its animation and even direction. With it came a distinct cast of characters with fantastic names that, for our purposes, make for the perfect dog-naming fodder. 

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A Bug's Life Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When attempting to come up with the right A Bug’s Life inspired dog name for your canine companion, preparation can go a long way. Start by making notes of your dog’s most defining traits from their looks to their personality, as it will be the easiest point of reference when comparing them to the characters on our list. 

For instance, if your dog is super long and skinny, the names Slim or Manny would definitely be obvious choices. In contrast, if they’re a bit plumper and slow, Heimlich would be a great name, especially if they are a thicker German breed such as a Rottweiler. If they tend to bounce around a lot or have the ability to jump super high, then the names Hopper, Thumper, Loco and Axel would all be suitable. If you have a small, adorable dog you carry under your arm, then the name Aphie would work well. If your dog has any shape, size or markings similar to an insect, well, then you’ve got quite a few different options.

There are plenty of directions you can fly with, so don’t be afraid to get creative. If you need any further inspirations, don’t hesitate to rewatch the film to see if anything hops off the screen at you. 

Male A Bug's Life Inspired Dog Names

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Hopper
The antagonistic leader of the grasshoppers
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Molt
Hopper's somewhat dopey brother
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Slim
The walking stick who is friends with Heimlich and Francis
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Heimlich
The large and lumpy German-accented caterpillar
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Francis
The ill-tempered ladybug who everyone assumes is female
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Manny
The magic praying mantis
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Tuck
After Tuck and Roll, the twin pillbugs
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Petey
After P.T. Flea, the circus owner
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Flea
After P.T. Flea, who glues much of the group and story together
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Dim
The rhino beetle
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Cornelius
The ant elder
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Loco
A grasshopper member of Hopper's gang
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Thud
One of the Fly Brothers who heckle at the circus
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Harry
The bug who flies into the bug-zapper because of its beautiful light
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Axel
A grasshopper member of the Hopper's gang
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Mantis
As in praying mantis, Manny's insect type
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Pillbug
After the Hungarian pillbug brothers Tuck and Roll
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Rhino
As in Rhinoceros Beetle, what Dim is
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Aesop
The one who wrote "The Ant and the Grasshopper" the fable the story was based on
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Lasseter
After John Lasseter, the film's director
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Stanton
After Andrew Stanton, who helped create and develop the story
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Shaw
After Bob Shaw, one of the film's screenwriters
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Newman
After Randy Newman, the famed musician who composed the soundtrack
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Docter
After Pete Docter, who helped come up with the idea of the film's original story
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Ranft
After Joe Ranft, who helped create and develop the original idea
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McQueen
After Glenn McQueen, an animation supervisor and director
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Bugcam
The camera developed and used to produce the macro-style look
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Cosmos
After Microcosmos, the French documentary about love and hate in the insect world
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Reeves
After Bill Reeves, a highly important technical director
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Calahan
After Sharon Calahan, the film's cinematographer

Female A Bug's Life Inspired Dog Names

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Flik
The clever yet accident prone ant protagonist
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Princess
After Princess Atta, who is nearing queendom
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Atta
After Princess Atta, whom Flik is interested in
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Dot
Attu's younger sister and one of Flik's only friends early on
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Queen
The queen of the ant colony
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Gypsy
Manny's wife and assistant; a moth
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Rosie
A black widow in the Flea Circus who tames and befriends Dim
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Roll
One of the Hungarian pillbug brothers
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Soil
After Mr. Soil, the main thespian
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Flora
After Dr. Flora, the doctor to the story's ant colony
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Thorny
Princess Atta's faithful assistant
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Thumper
Hopper's right hand grasshopper who is particularly aggressive
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Ant
The type of insects that Flik, Atta and the Queen are
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Aphie
The Queen's pet aphid
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Cricket
The sullen cricket who plays music on his legs
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Caterpillar
The type of insect Heimlich is
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Ladybug
The type of bug Francis is, part of the reason he's always confused for a female
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Moth
What Gypsy is
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Spider
As in black widow spider, what Rosie is
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Circus
After the ironic circus run by a flea instead of starring them
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Warrior
As in tough warriors, what Flik happens to be looking for
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Pixar
The subsidiary animation studio of Disney
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Disney
The parent company to Pixar
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Quade
After Rich Quade, one of the film's animation supervisors
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Micro
After Microcosmos, a highly influential French film
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Catmull
After Edwin Catmull, Pixar's co-founder who developed new animation tech used in the film
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Geri
As in Geri's Game, the animated short used to test Catmull's tech
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Seed
As in Seed to Tree, a song and theme in the film
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Leaf
One of the most important objects in the film
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Bug
After the film's title

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