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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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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?


Woody Allen felt uncomfortable watching Z because he was reminded so much of himself. This is why he can never watch any of the films he makes that he has a role in. See more »


Ants never sleep. See more »


Z: This is just a lawsuit waiting to happen.
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Crazy Credits

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


Give Peace a Chance
Written by John Lennon
Used with Permission by Yoko Ono
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User Reviews

A straightforward kid's movie? It ain'tz necessarily so...
21 December 1998 | by (Southampton, England) – See all my reviews

Okay, so it's not War and Peace, but this film is about as dark and meaningful as you could want a big-budget comedy animation to be. The computer animation itself never ceases to be awe-inspiring and more than compensates for the plot holes - I personally did like the style of the characters themselves, although others have disagreed. The casting is perfect, and Woody Allen as Z-4195 the neurotic worker ant complete with impeccable one-liners is at times hilarious. Although the plot falls into predictability, the communist metaphors combined with the basic boy-meets-girl-above-his-station story make this highly enjoyable, and all you could want as a 3D animation suitable for adults. A strong opening blow in the Disney-Dreamworks rivalry swordfight.

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