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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Additional Voices (voice)
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Lady Bug Passing By (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)  »

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Ants  »

Box Office

Budget:

$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

Z and Barbatus are standing side by side in formation. The platoon then executes a right face and Barbatus encourages Z to move up putting him side by side with Barbatus again. While this is convenient for conversation, it wouldn't have worked because whomever had been in front of Barbatus in formation would now be in that spot. See more »

Quotes

Bala: Haven't I seen you somewhere before?
Z: Well, maybe, then again, maybe not, and then again... yowch.
Bala: [recognizing his line from the night before] That's it. You're the guy from the bar.
Z: Shhh.
Queen: Bar? What bar?
Bala: I... danced with this guy at the bar the other night. He was just a worker, then.
Queen: What were you doing at a bar?
General Mandible: Precisely what I want to know.
Bala: No. This isn't about me. I mean, Look at this worker. Look what he's done.
Z: I think - I think you're thinking of someone else. After all, I am a soldier.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Red Badge of Courage (1951) See more »

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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Animated Film That Will Entertain Adults
12 December 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

From what I have read, DreamWorks got the idea of an insect animation film from Disney, rushed to market before the Disney version was released, and that they think this will enable them to compete against Disney in the animated film market? I think some reevaluation is in order.

ANTZ is not bad, far from it. The animation is very well done (to this untrained, unschooled eye) and the voices well-acted (and maybe Woody wasn't so much acting as being Woody). The feel-good plot was well......very Disney. Certainly worth the price of a rental. And I mean this for adults. I can't comment of the movie being too dark and violent for small children, well maybe very small children.

Nothing earth-shaking or leading edge, but good ol' entertainment.


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