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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)
... Mandible (voice)
... Azteca (voice)
... Drunk Scout (voice)
... Psychologist (voice)
... Foreman (voice)
... Weaver (voice)
... Bala (voice)
... Cutter (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
... 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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Rated PG for mild language and menacing action | See all certifications »

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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

Many actors from the cast appeared in several films directed by Woody Allen: Sylvester Stallone was in Bananas (1971), Christopher Walken in Annie Hall (1977), Sharon Stone in Stardust Memories (1980), Gene Hackman in Another Woman (1988), Dan Aykroyd in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), and Paul Mazursky directed Allen in Scenes from a Mall (1991). See more »

Goofs

Z and Barbatus are standing side by side in formation. The platoon then executes a right face and Barbatus encourages Z to move up putting him side by side with Barbatus again. While this is convenient for conversation, it wouldn't have worked because whomever had been in front of Barbatus in formation would now be in that spot. See more »

Quotes

Z: Why'd I have to be born a worker? You soldiers get all the glory. Plus, you get to go out in the world. You know, you meet interesting insects; you get to kill them.
Weaver: Yeah, but you get to spend all day with those beautiful worker girls.
Z: Weaver, they're CAREER girls. They're obsessed with digging.
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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

References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Peace a Chance
Written by John Lennon
Used with Permission by Yoko Ono
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Animated Film That Will Entertain Adults
12 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

From what I have read, DreamWorks got the idea of an insect animation film from Disney, rushed to market before the Disney version was released, and that they think this will enable them to compete against Disney in the animated film market? I think some reevaluation is in order.

ANTZ is not bad, far from it. The animation is very well done (to this untrained, unschooled eye) and the voices well-acted (and maybe Woody wasn't so much acting as being Woody). The feel-good plot was well......very Disney. Certainly worth the price of a rental. And I mean this for adults. I can't comment of the movie being too dark and violent for small children, well maybe very small children.

Nothing earth-shaking or leading edge, but good ol' entertainment.


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