|Here is a transcript of Hopper's speech to the
from A Bug's
(The scene is set in the nest of a group of
focus is on their leader, Hopper (GL), and four others
due to an accident, the ants of Ant
Island could not gather
the food for a protection racket of grasshoppers. Non finding
the tribute in the ant colony, the grasshoppers now want a
of food in a short time. Once back to their nest, one
them suggests to their boss to stay and not to go back to Ant Island since
already plenty of food and the trip to the ant colony would be
dangerous being the rain season very close.]
order another round… because we’re staying here!
I thinking? Going back to Ant Island. I mean, we just got here, and
we have more than enough food to get us through the winter. Right?
Why go back?
[Hopper is perplexed.]
But there was that ant that stood up to me.
directly in front of three grasshoppers, G1, G2, and G3, and
next to the chute of a
silo where grains are stored; the other grasshoppers observe
the scene in the background.]
we can forget about him!
was just one ant.
simulates fear for
you’re right! It’s just one ant!
boss. They’re puny!
puny. Say, let’s pretend this grain is a puny little ant.
removes a grain from
the silo and throws it at G1, hitting
about this one?
removes another grain
from the silo and throws it at G2, hitting
the chute and all the grains cascade over G1, G2, and G3; killing
climbs the fallen pile of grains and speaks to all the shocked
one ant stand up to us… then they all might stand up. Those
little ants outnumber us 100 to 1, and if they ever figure that
out, there goes our way of life! It’s not about food;
keeping those ants in line. That’s why we’re going
anybody else wanna stay?
together get ready to fly; G4
address a grasshopper next
quite a motivational speaker, isn’t he?
to all the
grasshoppers take off and ride back to Ant Island.]