Antz (1998)
Every ant has his day.
IMDb Rating 6.8 (30,757 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Woody Allen Z (voice)
Gene Hackman General Mandible (voice)
Sylvester Stallone
Sharon Stone
Dan Aykroyd Chip (voice)
Anne Bancroft Queen (voice)
Jane Curtin Muffy (voice)
Danny Glover Barbatus (voice)
Jennifer Lopez Azteca (voice)
John Mahoney Grebs/Drunk Scout/Additional Voices (voice)
Paul Mazursky Psychologist (voice)
Woody Allen as a worker ant with an inferiority complex? Sylvester Stallone as an affable soldier ant who discovers that digging tunnels is cool? The animation playground we all knew so well is turning into a theme park full of in-jokes for grownups. Antz explores age-old topics (one person--err, insect--can make a difference, individuality and social responsibility must exist side by side, war is hell) with comic asides and Woody Allen's funniest quips this side of PG (adults will chuckle at the socialist slogans bandied about as he campaigns for workers' rights). Sharon Stone voices the rebellious princess with a fun-loving streak that doesn't quite overcome her royal bearing and court training, but she can learn. Gene Hackman is all teeth (ants have teeth?) and menacing grins as the Army general plotting insect-icide. This bug's-eye view of life on Earth gives Allen's neurotic nonconformist an epic adventure of microscopic proportions: a devastating war with a termite colony, an odyssey to the fabled land of plenty (a picnic ground), and a race to save his fellow workers from certain death. Other voices include Anne Bancroft as the Queen, Christopher Walken, Jennifer Lopez, Danny Glover, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, and John Mahoney. The computer animation isn't exactly realistic but feels as solid and contoured as puppet animation with the smoothness and slickness of traditional cel cartoons, and the character designs and animation offer a marvelous range of expressions. The PG rating includes a gritty battle sequence that may frighten youngsters. --Sean Axmaker
Movie Details
Genre Animation; Comedy
DreamWorks Home Ent.
Movie Release Date 10/2/1998
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
User Text 1 Mild language and menacing action.
Running Time 84 mins
Color Color
Features Interactive Menus
Audio Commentary by Directors Tim Johnson and Eric Darnell
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Director's Inside Look at the Basics of CGI Animation and the Early Design Process
Theatrical Trailer
Director Eric Darnell; Tim Johnson
Writer Todd Alcott; Chris Weitz
Producer Brad Lewis; Aron Warner; Penney Finkelman Cox
User Credit 1 Stan Webb
Musician Harry Gregson-Williams; John Powell
Edition Details
Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 667068419924
Chapters 26
Release Date 5/31/2005
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 14
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Fictional War, Opposites Attract, Ant, Royalty, Dreamworks Animated Film
Also Known As:
Ants (USA) (working title)

Z's line "I was going to include you in my erotic fantasies" was originally "I was going to include you in my most erotic sexual fantasies", but was shortened to retain a PG rating. In the German dubbed version the "sexual" is included. The line was from a spider sketch called "What Causes Homosexuality?" which was cut from Allen's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972). Woody Allen was going to use that line as Louise Lasser was about to eat him -- the sketch was never used because Allen couldn't think of a way to end the scene. Since the sketch was not used, the writers got a hold of the line and, realizing the irony (spiders, ants), had Allen's character (Z) state it. (more)

Factual errors: Water changes its scale at various times during the movie. Sometimes, it features surface tension consistent with the scale of the ants, then at others acts like water on the scale of humans (ie. the flood scene). The directors acknowledge this discrepancy. (more)

Z: Who the HELL is that? (more)

Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations (more)

Movie Connections:
References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (more)

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