yo so let me talk about my fav scene in a bug’s life for a second which is “pretend this rock is a seed”
so basically flik is giving dot the “you can do anything you want never give up speech” and what’s great about the scene is that originally that’s all it was. flik gave this inspirational speech to dot and she was like yeah! i can!
well the writers took a step back and were just like “this is so disgustingly sweet it’s not authentic enough it won’t hit the emotions we want it to” and they are right! because whenever you hear things like “you can be whoever you want to be” it just sounds like recycled movie garbage.
so they come up with this idea that flik uses this rock in place of a seed, the metaphor being that you have all this potential and one day you will be the person you want to be. so it’s still that cheesy inspirational crap bUT dot, being a child, keeps interrupting like “but it’s a rock” and this is mUCH BETTER STORYTELLING because now not only have we successfully “ruined” our inspirational moment (giving it authenticity) but we gave dot something to learn! and sure enough near the end of the movie when flik is convinced he can’t do anything dOT GIVES HIM A ROCK SAYING “PRETEND IT’S A SEED OKAY?” and we still make a joke of it because of course no one else in the room understands wHAT THE HECK that means!
in conclusion a bug’s life is underrated and i cried a little writing this