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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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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:

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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Trivia

Although there are humans in the film, we never see any faces. This may have been because DreamWorks didn't want to incur the same criticisms that Pixar received when Toy Story (1995) came out. The humans in the film looked grotesque and not at all plausible, because they hadn't perfected a computer animated human face yet. See more »

Goofs

When Z drops the wrecking ball, it harmlessly bounces and rolls, having no effect on the same types of materials that it smashed right through a moment earlier. See more »

Quotes

Barbatus: Don't make my mistake, kid. Don't follow orders your whole life. Think for yourself.
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Crazy Credits

The Z in Antz is slightly crooked, and its also the name of the title character. See more »

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Soundtracks

Almost Like Being in Love
Performed by Woody Allen
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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Alienation of a member from his society may be funny...
2 December 2002 | by (Ankara,Turkey) – See all my reviews

It is a cartoon meaning two things: First it shows us a typical cartoon. A cartoon of children..Main character Faces with some fun and this make audience have some fun. However, the cartoon has another face. As can be seen in the book of George Orwell called 1984, there can be a guy distinguished, alienated himself from the society even though the society was established with very strong ties. It is interesting that, there can be another member like himself and they find each other by ignoring some strict rules. As we saw it in 1984, same thing occurs in this cartoon. Being bored of her life, Princess Bala joins to workers entertainment. And the `extreme` life of the couples gets start. As the time passes, strict rules become useless and some liberal ideas spread through the society. Moreover, we see some lovers from different classes. These are some examples of the destruction of a totalitarian society in the cartoon. And we see many fascist rulers like General who wants to create a pure colony in our world. This cartoon is a very good example of this idea. As in the real world this idea collapses at the end. Finally i can add that there is a lot to learn how to make all the members enough satisfied. May be there is no way...


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