Gallavants are ants living in a their own fairy-tale land, Ganteville. The little ones have to go to school in preparation of their adult life as working ants. However, one pupil thinks he ...
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Gallavants are ants living in a their own fairy-tale land, Ganteville. The little ones have to go to school in preparation of their adult life as working ants. However, one pupil thinks he doesn't need to take lessons in order to find his destination in life. He has to learn the hard way... Written by
This is one of those films that before the advent of the internet it was so hard to find anything about this film or talk to anyone else who had actually seen it. I had trouble convincing people it existed as I could never remember the name. I finally found a VHS copy on ebay and watched it again a few years ago, and I have to say, it was as good as I remembered. (the unedited version)
First off, I love the moral of this story. It is the usual 'Anything is possible if you put your mind to it', and yes it can be a bit heavy handed, but it never feels overbearing. The lesson is an integral part of the plot and it never feels forced.
The characters are fantastic too. I still remember their names. Shando, Teetor, Ant-onym (yeah....puns hurt sometimes. honestly I would have named the villain Ant-agonist, but that's just me) and Shando has quite possibly one of the best low point songs ever in a movie. (low point song being the song the main character sings when all seems lost) memories of a brighter day is so hauntingly melodic I will remember that song for as long as I live.
I believe one of the reasons no one discusses this film now is because it only got one relatively small DVD release and it was the edited version. Yes. They edited an animated movie and made it 'family friendly'. i'm sorry, it wasn't family friendly to begin with? What that means, is that they cut out nearly 30 minutes of footage including memories of a brighter day. If you're going to watch this film you HAVE to watch the original. Not the family friendly version.
This movie also has a strange correlation with puberty. The ants have to gain their 'kabumps' in order to be considered adults in their colony. what kabumps are, is an additional bump on their butt. But they can only achieve it through effort and showing they're ready to become an adult. The main character just goofs off all the time and doesn't take anything seriously so because of this, he has to suffer the consequences of not being able to grow up. It's actually a very good lesson.
Gallavants is one of the best movies about growing up I have ever seen and I still adore it to this day. The only reason I gave this an 8 is because I felt like the ending was a BIT abrupt and I would have liked a little more resolution with the main girl and guy. But, other than that, this movie is fantastic. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone young or old.
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