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

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2 October 1998 (USA)  »

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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

John Mahoney plays one of the ants in the film. In a peculiar coincidence, David Hyde Pierce, Mahoney's co-star on Frasier (1993) played an insect in Pixar's A Bug's Life (1998), a similar film about an ant colony, both in the same year. See more »

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Ants never sleep. See more »

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Azteca: All we are saying is give Z a chance.
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A child's hand holding a magnifying glass brings into focus the tiny names of the cast. See more »

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References Lost Horizon (1937) See more »

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I Can See Clearly Now
Written by Johnny Nash
Performed by Neil Finn
Courtesy of EPIC Records / Rondor Music
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so lifelike, so didactic
18 December 1998 | by (Istanbul) – See all my reviews

It's probably the first time Woody Allen is so much like himself when he isn't at all. Ant Z, a neurotic, fatalistic, depressive, sorry ant with a record low level of self-esteem transforms into a (part-time) content, revolutionary hero of his utterly totalitarian and fascistic colony ever imaginable. Apart from the incredibly precise animation and "logical" fantasy, one feels a bit distracted with the subliminal messages the picture tries to impose. While it would be easy to reduce the moral to the frequently recited motto: "think for yourself once!", there are too many of them to ignore. This definitely is not a kid's flick, it is meant for and appreciated by adults, with many philosophical, psychological and social references and conflicts. One big "bravo!" to Dreamworks. I think they have achieved the point where adults can actually enjoy animation movies while believing the whole stuff. These insects are surely going to bite some Disney bugs.


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