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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?


In the original development, the ants had six limbs, some of them wore clothes, gloves, and lightbulbs appeared whenever they had an idea. None of these made it into the finished film. Also, General Mandible looked more visibly sinister in early drafts, but they toned it down for the final result. See more »


All the worker and soldier ants in a colony are female. See more »


Z: Yes, yes, I understand. I dropped the ball.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »


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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Yes, for kids.
14 January 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

You know, there was a time in which we didn't candy coat stories for children. The Evil Queen in Snow White, for one, was forced to wear red-hot slippers and dance to her death. Even in older Disney films like "Bambi", the serious issue of death is broached.

Now, no one dies. It's too serious.


One of the best moments I had watching "Antz" in a theater was listening to a mother explain why Barbatus died. Guess what? Death is a natural part of life -- and to refute it exists is plain wrong. Or, as in the recent Disney flick "Hercules", Hades, the God of Death is portrayed as evil. (What, are people supposed to be immortal?)

While not appropriate for 4 year olds, I wouldn't think twice about showing it to an 8 year old. Why must movies be dumbed down -- PG means parental GUIDANCE. Any movie that forces you to talk to your kids after a movie is a good one. Don't treat your kids like little morons.

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