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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Box Office

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

Z's line "I was going to include you in my erotic fantasies" was originally "I was going to include you in my most erotic sexual fantasies", but was shortened to retain a PG rating. In the German dubbed version the "sexual" is included. The line was from a spider sketch called "What Causes Homosexuality?" which was cut from Allen's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972). Woody Allen was going to use that line as Louise Lasser was about to eat him - the sketch was never used because Allen couldn't think of a way to end the scene. Since the sketch was not used, the writers got a hold of the line and, realizing the irony (spiders, ants), had Allen's character (Z) state it. See more »

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

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Weaver: Don't you want your aphid beer?
Z: Call me crazy, but I have a thing about drinking from the anus of another creature.
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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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: That's Not All, Folks! (1999) See more »

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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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Top class intelligent entertainment
30 August 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I loved this story. I thought is was a very intelligently entertaining movie:- a good combination of interesting ideas mixed with great visuals and broad comedy.

All the the voice casting was top notch; especially Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, Sylvester Stallone, Dan Aykroyd, and of course Woody Allen. There was also great version of Neil Finn singing "I Can See Clearly Now"; and the visual design and music score was breath-taking and dynamic. Plus the storyline is more gritty with a darker undercurrent, and would appeal to a more sophisticated audience, which it is good to have. I'm not saying that cute fun stories aren't OK too. In fact IMHO the wider the spectrum of stories we can get the better we'll all be.

I personally think this is slightly ahead of the equally brilliant A BUG'S LIFE; even though both are really top class storytelling. This one wins by about half a feeler.


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