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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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Chip (voice)
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Queen (voice)
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Azteca (voice)
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Grebs (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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,195,160 (USA) (2 October 1998)

Gross:

$90,646,554 (USA) (5 February 1999)
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Trivia

In the original development, the ants had six limbs, some of them wore clothes, gloves, and lightbulbs appeared whenever they had an idea. None of these made it into the finished film. Also, General Mandible looked more visibly sinister in early drafts, but they toned it down for the final result. See more »

Goofs

In real life, the situation between ants and termites is reversed from their roles in the movie. Ants prey on termites, which are much smaller - and ants are the ones who secrete acid to kill them. See more »

Quotes

[Z is trying to convince Weaver to switch jobs with him]
Weaver: Would I meet some worker girls?
Z: Are you kidding? They always go after the new guy. It's like a SPORT for them.
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The Z in Antz is slightly crooked, and its also the name of the title character. See more »

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Yes, for kids.
14 January 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

You know, there was a time in which we didn't candy coat stories for children. The Evil Queen in Snow White, for one, was forced to wear red-hot slippers and dance to her death. Even in older Disney films like "Bambi", the serious issue of death is broached.

Now, no one dies. It's too serious.

Horsehocky.

One of the best moments I had watching "Antz" in a theater was listening to a mother explain why Barbatus died. Guess what? Death is a natural part of life -- and to refute it exists is plain wrong. Or, as in the recent Disney flick "Hercules", Hades, the God of Death is portrayed as evil. (What, are people supposed to be immortal?)

While not appropriate for 4 year olds, I wouldn't think twice about showing it to an 8 year old. Why must movies be dumbed down -- PG means parental GUIDANCE. Any movie that forces you to talk to your kids after a movie is a good one. Don't treat your kids like little morons.


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