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

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Cast

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ants See more »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The main characters share facial similarities with the actors voicing them, but according to the DVD commentary, they were designed before the cast was hired, particularly Weaver's lips based on Sylvester Stallone's. Z was also going to wear thick glasses like Woody Allen's, but this idea was scrapped. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[Z, alone, watches ants dancing in unison in a nightclub]
Z: What a bunch of losers. Mindless zombies capitulating to an oppressive system.
Princess Bala: Hi. Wanna dance?
Z: ABSOLUTELY.
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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

The TV spot edited on Cartoon Network Weaver says "What are you talking about, Z?" See more »

Connections

References Sleeper (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
Written by the Union Army bandmaster Louis Lambert (as Patrick S. Gilmore)
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A straightforward kid's movie? It ain'tz necessarily so...
21 December 1998 | by Cosmo-5See all my reviews

Okay, so it's not War and Peace, but this film is about as dark and meaningful as you could want a big-budget comedy animation to be. The computer animation itself never ceases to be awe-inspiring and more than compensates for the plot holes - I personally did like the style of the characters themselves, although others have disagreed. The casting is perfect, and Woody Allen as Z-4195 the neurotic worker ant complete with impeccable one-liners is at times hilarious. Although the plot falls into predictability, the communist metaphors combined with the basic boy-meets-girl-above-his-station story make this highly enjoyable, and all you could want as a 3D animation suitable for adults. A strong opening blow in the Disney-Dreamworks rivalry swordfight.


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