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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:
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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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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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While often compared to Disney's A Bug's Life (1998), the plot bears some similarity to the novella "Anthem" by Ayn Rand. Both "Anthem" and "Antz" follow a single character (Equality 7-2521 in Anthem and Z in Antz), disaffected with his assigned position in a mechanized collectivist society, breaks free from the collective and makes a startling discovery about the world. 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

Bala: I've been kidnapped by the village idiot.
Z: Who's the bigger idiot? The idiot, or the idiot who gets kidnapped by the idiot?
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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 Z says "Call me crazy. But, I have a thing about drinking from the caboose of another creature, okay?" See more »

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

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
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Dreamworks answer to 'A Bug's Life'
11 February 2006 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

Released 1 year after Disney/Pixar's 'A Bugs Life' and still during the early years of the computer generated genre, Dreamworks released their second all CGI cartoon 'ANTZ' and despite the glaring resemblances between the 2 movies; all it not as it appears.

ANTZ still stands alone as the more adult movie in the genre, far more complexity in the character's emotions and a far more sinister plot evolution separate this from rest. OK movies like 'Shrek', 'Finding Nemo' and 'Toy Story' have adult undertones beneath the humour, but ANTZ doesn't rely on such subtlety.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A CRITICISM OF EITHER STYLE!

We follow the struggle of 'Z' (Woody Allen) as he tries to come to terms with his life as a worker, his neurosis, his love for Princess Bala and dream of something better. Allen is excellently supported by an all star cast, including Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, etc, and we are treated to a visually impressive rendition of a heart warming story about life as an ANT.

This movie can still be enjoyed as a family film, but much of it will be lost on younger kids.

In Summary ANTZ is a fine film, but in truth it is difficult to compare with others in the genre, and for that; i salute it!

7/10


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