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Antz (1998)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  2 October 1998 (USA)
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A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves.

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Z (voice)
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Chip (voice)
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Queen (voice)
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Muffy (voice)
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Barbatus (voice)
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Azteca (voice)
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Grebs (voice)
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Psychologist (voice)
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Foreman (voice)
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Weaver (voice)
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Princess Bala (voice)
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Colonel Cutter (voice)
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Storyline

In an anthill with millions of inhabitants, Z 4195 is a worker ant. Feeling insignificant in a conformity system, he accidentally meets beautiful Princess Bala, who has a similar problem on the other end of the social scale. In order to meet her again, Z switches sides with his soldier friend Weaver - only to become a hero in the course of events. By this he unwillingly crosses the sinister plans of ambitious General Mandible (Bala's fiancé, by the way), who wants to divide the ant society into a superior, strong race (soldiers) and an inferior, to-be-eliminated race (the workers). But Z and Bala, both unaware of the dangerous situation, try to leave the oppressive system by heading for Insectopia, a place where food paves the streets. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Rated PG for mild language and menacing action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ants  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,650,562 (UK) (6 November 1998)

Gross:

$90,646,554 (USA) (5 February 1999)
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Some of the characters are named after actual types of ants: Barbatus is named after "Pogonomyrmex barbatus" (Red Harvester ant) species, Azteca is named after "Azteca andreae" species, Weaver is named after Weaver or Green ant (genus Oecophylla), and Cutter is named after leaf-cutter ants (genera Atta and Acromyrmex). Also, General Mandible is named after mandibles - ant jaws. See more »

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Z would have been in no immediate danger from the water. Ants can survive for days, even weeks, under water. See more »

Quotes

Barbatus: [Nothing is left of him but his head] Be honest, kid. Am I hurt bad?
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I Can See Clearly Now
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Dreamworks answer to 'A Bug's Life'
11 February 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Released 1 year after Disney/Pixar's 'A Bugs Life' and still during the early years of the computer generated genre, Dreamworks released their second all CGI cartoon 'ANTZ' and despite the glaring resemblances between the 2 movies; all it not as it appears.

ANTZ still stands alone as the more adult movie in the genre, far more complexity in the character's emotions and a far more sinister plot evolution separate this from rest. OK movies like 'Shrek', 'Finding Nemo' and 'Toy Story' have adult undertones beneath the humour, but ANTZ doesn't rely on such subtlety.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A CRITICISM OF EITHER STYLE!

We follow the struggle of 'Z' (Woody Allen) as he tries to come to terms with his life as a worker, his neurosis, his love for Princess Bala and dream of something better. Allen is excellently supported by an all star cast, including Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, etc, and we are treated to a visually impressive rendition of a heart warming story about life as an ANT.

This movie can still be enjoyed as a family film, but much of it will be lost on younger kids.

In Summary ANTZ is a fine film, but in truth it is difficult to compare with others in the genre, and for that; i salute it!

7/10


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