Hayden Panettiere voiced Dot in A Bug’s Life. The film follows an ant (voiced by Dave Foley) as it embarks on a journey to find warriors capable of defending him and the rest of the ants in his colony from a group of locusts that have killed them terrorize and harass for a long time. For her part, Panettieres Dot is the younger sister of Atta (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), the princess of Flik’s colony. Dot looks up to Foley’s Flik, who is an outcast in his colony, and she quickly establishes himself as one of his biggest supporters in the film.
A Bug’s Life was only the second feature-length film Panettiere starred in when it was released in 1998. She previously starred in the 1998 romantic comedy The Object of My Affection, directed by Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. Not surprisingly, Panettiere thoroughly enjoyed starring in the Pixar film, even saying during a 1998 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that it was “really fun” working on the animated film .
Of course, “A Bug’s Life” wasn’t the last major project of Panettiere’s career. In fact, she consistently found work in film, television, and video games media in the 20 years following the release of the Pixar film, before taking a small screen break following the conclusion of “Nashville” in 2018. Now it looks like Panettiere’s well-deserved break from Hollywood may be coming to an end.
In fact, it was revealed in early May (via Variety) that Panettiere had signed on to appear in Scream 6. Panettiere will reprise her “Scream 4” role as Kirby Reed in the horror film sequel, starring alongside recurring “Scream” stars Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jasmine Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding (via IMDb).