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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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Queen (voice)
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Barbatus (voice)
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Azteca (voice)
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Grebs (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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Rated PG for mild language and menacing action | See all certifications »

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2 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$90,646,554 (USA) (5 February 1999)
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Ants and termites really do go to war on each other. But in reality, ants would emerge the victors because they would easily outnumber a termite nest. See more »

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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 »

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Barbatus: Don't make my mistake, kid. Don't follow orders your whole life. Think for yourself.
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Very underrated movie, this is one of Dreamworks' best
27 June 2011 | by (Pan-dimensional) – See all my reviews

Antz is an animated movie that wasn't appreciated very much. After the family friendly movie Toy Story, I feel like people weren't ready for something a little bit darker, and more intense. This movie has death (and a lot of it at that), it has violence, it has gore, it has humor, it has swearing, and it has alcohol in it... pretty epic huh? The movie Antz which actually came out before A Bug's Life by about a month takes the role of what ants do a lot more seriously. The movie A Bug's Life really doesn't seem to understand what ants do or how their colonies work, but the movie Antz does it all. There are the miners, the warriors, the drones, the ones with wings, and others. The voice acting is really good in this movie which really adds to the movie. The animation was also pretty advanced for its time, because it did many things that were hard for that time: Water, large amounts of moving objects, realistic face movement, and realistic body movement, lighting, and many others.

The nice thing about this movie is that it doesn't pretend to be a kids movie. Ants swear in it (the word b****in is used once) and as mentioned there is a lot of violence. Like a very epic scene where the ants are trying to fight a termite colony and the ants are getting attacked by acid, are getting decapitated, and dieing brutally. The thing is that this movie doesn't cover up death. When someone dies, the movie won't hide it. Honestly this movie was really good, it has a good story, it has good characters, it is realistic, and has nice action. One of Dreakworks' best.


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