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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Z (voice)
... Chip (voice)
... Queen (voice)
... Muffy (voice)
... Barbatus (voice)
... General Mandible (voice)
... Azteca (voice)
... Grebs (voice)
... Psychologist (voice)
... Foreman (voice)
... Weaver (voice)
... Princess Bala (voice)
... Colonel Cutter (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
... 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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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,195,160, 4 October 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$90,757,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,757,863
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Woody Allen had uncredited input on the finished screenplay. See more »

Goofs

Ants never sleep. See more »

Quotes

Mosquito: What if, like, we're just these tiny things... and we're just, like, part of this whole other huge universe... that's, like, so big we don't even know it exists?
Ladybug: Man, that is so deep.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas' (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

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 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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