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Antz (1998)

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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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Todd Alcott (screenplay), Chris Weitz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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4,244 ( 98)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Z (voice)
Dan Aykroyd ... Chip (voice)
Anne Bancroft ... Queen (voice)
Jane Curtin ... Muffy (voice)
Danny Glover ... Barbatus (voice)
Gene Hackman ... Mandible (voice)
Jennifer Lopez ... Azteca (voice)
John Mahoney ... Drunk Scout (voice)
Paul Mazursky ... Psychologist (voice)
Grant Shaud ... Foreman (voice)
Sylvester Stallone ... Weaver (voice)
Sharon Stone ... Bala (voice)
Christopher Walken ... Cutter (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jerry Sroka ... Additional Voices (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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and menacing action | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first computer-animated film to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board). See more »

Goofs

Z would have been in no immediate danger from the water. Ants can survive for days, even weeks, under water. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Z: All my life, I've lived and worked in the big city, which now that I think of it, is kind of a problem since I always feel uncomfortable around crowds. I mean it, I-I have this fear of enclosed spaces. I-I-I, everything makes me feel trapped all the time. You know, I always tell myself, there's gotta be something better out there, but maybe I think too much. I-I-I think everything must go back to the fact that I had a very anxious childhood. You know, my, my mother never had time ...
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Crazy Credits

A child's hand holding a magnifying glass brings into focus the tiny names of the cast. See more »

Alternate Versions

Non-English international versions omit the credit sequence in the beginning, featuring names of the voice actors through the magnifying glass. This is valid for cinema, video and TV versions. The European DVD contains this sequence, when the English audio track is selected; however, if any other language is selected, the credit sequence also gets skipped on the DVD. See more »

Connections

Featured in Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 1 (2010) See more »

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Guantanamera
Written by Pete Seeger, Julian Orbon, José Fernández Díaz, and José Martí
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Alienation of a member from his society may be funny...
2 December 2002 | by ufukotagSee all my reviews

It is a cartoon meaning two things: First it shows us a typical cartoon. A cartoon of children..Main character Faces with some fun and this make audience have some fun. However, the cartoon has another face. As can be seen in the book of George Orwell called 1984, there can be a guy distinguished, alienated himself from the society even though the society was established with very strong ties. It is interesting that, there can be another member like himself and they find each other by ignoring some strict rules. As we saw it in 1984, same thing occurs in this cartoon. Being bored of her life, Princess Bala joins to workers entertainment. And the `extreme` life of the couples gets start. As the time passes, strict rules become useless and some liberal ideas spread through the society. Moreover, we see some lovers from different classes. These are some examples of the destruction of a totalitarian society in the cartoon. And we see many fascist rulers like General who wants to create a pure colony in our world. This cartoon is a very good example of this idea. As in the real world this idea collapses at the end. Finally i can add that there is a lot to learn how to make all the members enough satisfied. May be there is no way...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,195,160, 4 October 1998

Gross USA:

$90,757,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,757,863
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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