A Bug's Life came out six weeks later, as planned.
It had a more epic plot, which reversed Aesop's tale of "The Ant and the Grasshopper,"
plus a greater technical virtuosity, which allowed such startling details as the view of grass from a bug's vantage point.
Time was much more effusive about it.
"Its design work is so stellar
a wide-screen Eden of leaves and labyrinths populated by dozens of ugly, buggy, cuddly cutups
that it makes the DreamWorks film seem, by comparison, like radio," wrote Richard Corliss.
It did twice as well as Antz at the box office, grossing $163 million domestically and $363 million worldwide. (It also beat Prince of Egypt.)
A few years later Katzenberg ran into Jobs and tried to smooth things over.
He insisted that he had never heard the pitch for A Bug's Life while at Disney;
if he had, his settlement with Disney would have given him a share of the profits,
so it's not something he would lie about. Jobs laughed, and accepted as much.
"I asked you to move your release date, and you wouldn't,
so you can't be mad at me for protecting my child," Katzenberg told him.
He recalled that Jobs "got really calm and Zen-like" and said he understood.
But Jobs later said that he never really forgave Katzenberg.