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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Z (voice)
Chip (voice)
Queen (voice)
Muffy (voice)
Barbatus (voice)
Azteca (voice)
Grebs (voice)
Psychologist (voice)
Foreman (voice)
Weaver (voice)
Princess Bala (voice)
Colonel Cutter (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)


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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Every ant has his day. See more »

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


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Directors Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson both did cameo voice-work in the film. See more »


Water changes its scale at various times during the movie. Sometimes, it features surface tension consistent with the scale of the ants, then at others acts like water on the scale of humans (ie. the flood scene). The directors acknowledge this discrepancy. See more »


General Mandible: [dismissing himself and Z] I think it's time to debrief the soldier.
Z: Please, General! Not on a first date!
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Crazy Credits

A magnifying glass brings into focus the tiny names of the cast. See more »


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


Give Peace a Chance
Written by John Lennon
Used with Permission by Yoko Ono
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Antz isn't as perfect and smooth as a Disney film. Great!
3 October 2004 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I'm probably a weird guy, but I really appreciate a good animated movie even though I'm no longer a kid (I'm 26 years old). What I liked about this one is the great animation, the nice story, the humor...

I haven't seen A Bug's Life yet, which makes it impossible for me to compare both of course, but I really liked the style used in Antz. Usually a Disney production gives me the feeling I'm watching a movie which was intended for kids only (although A Bug's Life was created by the Pixar studio's, which gives me a bit of hope), while Dreamworks understood that adults too can appreciate this kind of movies, if only they take care of the style and the story. Most of Disney's animated movies are just too smooth, too perfect for me, and to be honest the songs almost make me sick.

The style in Antz is much grittier. It isn't as perfect and smooth as a Disney production and the message is a lot stronger. The film is probably exciting for little children, thanks to the humor, fantastic images and action, but the underlying subtext and social commentary on humans make this movie different from Disney's moralizing films. However, the different message isn't the only difference between Disney and Dreamworks. I don't think Disney ever risked to use very well known scenes from other movies in their own films. In Antz you can find some excellent scenes which refer to movies like Metropolis, Starship Troopers,...

Some people have some critics on this movie because it doesn't show how a real anthill is organized, how strong ants really are, that ants don't look for a partner, ... Let me tell this to these people: I respect you're way of thinking but I think you should have watched a documentary instead of an animated movie. I sure hope you understand there is still a big difference between a documentary, based on scientific research, meant to teach people and a movie like Antz, who's only purpose is to entertain people. Personally I liked the movie for what it was and I give it an 8/10.

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