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Antz (1998)

Woody Allen , Sharon Stone , Eric Darnell , Tim Johnson  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone, Dan Aykroyd
  • Directors: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson
  • Writers: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Todd Alcott
  • Producers: Aron Warner, Brad Lewis, Carl Rosendahl
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Live, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Animated
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783231474
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Antz" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • A director's inside look at the basics of CGI animation and the early design process

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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

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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't find these Antz in yer Pantz! May 8, 2000
The Film: [Rating: 84%] Dreamworks challenger to the Disney ant favourite A Bug's Life arrives on a feature packed DVD complete with a truly sumptuous transfer. Ok, so it's a cartoon - but don't be put off since this one is loaded with far more wit and style than your average kiddie flick (isn't he in a A Bug's Life?) and features the vocal talents of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Christopher Walken, Anne Bancroft and a shed load more fine actors. Imagine this many actors in a live-action film, the fees, the makeup, the trailer size contests - I guess doing animation must be a welcome bit of fun, allowing dress-down days too!
The story follows loner ant Z (pronounced zee, not zed!) who feels there should be more to life than his lot as a worker ant. Allen plays the lead, supported well be his best friend and soldier ant Weaver (Stallone). Z's path crosses that of the bored Princess Bala (Stone) whom he desperately wants to see again. Following a little persuasion, Z manages to trade places with Weaver for a place in the soldier's parade - held in front of the royalty! I don't want to give too much of the plot away since you're better off watching but Z's adventures to win the heart of the Princess, battle fierce termites Starship Troopers style, and his all round save-the-day antics are a treat for young and old alike. Kids will love this great cartoon but only adults will catch all of the humour and admire the truly stunning computer animation.
It's a pity this was released only one month before Disney's ant based film and the subsequent press scrutiny they both received in the 'Ant Wars'. They are very different films, just both animated and about ants.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Dreamworks' few good ones October 3, 2008
By T. Gadd
It's ironic, but 'Antz' may be remembered as the last great Woody Allen comedy. Like Robin Williams in 'Alladin', Z's dialog is so quintessentially Woody Allen that it's hard to believe he didn't write or ad-lib some of it. It's also a damn sight funnier than anything Woody has made himself since I can't remember when, or anything Dreamworks made, up til 'Over the Hedge'.

Some of Z's lines to the ant psychiatrist in the opening scene alone are priceless. The world might be slightly tired of Allen playing the whiny, neurotic wimp, but in 'Antz' the character who, back in 1967, tried to hold up a bank with a stick-up note which nobody could read ("I have a Gub?") is absolutely perfect.

What's more, Allen is cast alongside Sylvester Stallone (who, incidentally, was voted worst actor of the century in the Razzie awards in 2000), and even HE comes across well. This is easily the most bizarre pairing since Mickey Rooney and Kurt Russell in 'The Fox and the Hound'. No, wait... I forgot about Ernest Borgnine and Sheena Easton... well it just goes to show that in animation, miracles can happen.

It's been said before, but it bears repeating: Antz, despite the ostensible similarity of subject matter, and similar release dates, is nothing like 'A Bug's Life'. Put simply, 'Bug's Life' is a kid's film this is an adult's film which kids will like.

The story, I suppose, is nothing remarkable: male nobody gets princess... another parallel with 'Alladin' - but there is a social and political undercurrent to 'Antz'. If it owes a little to Disney, perhaps it owes a little to George Orwell, too.

There's something else about 'Antz': it's one of the few CGI movies where the CGI just didn't bother me at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay Movie April 3, 1999
By A Customer
I don't like Woody Allen and I don't like Sharon Stone. Wait for a bug's life. While the menu's are good, the movie is way to scary for kids, and has to much cussing for my tastes. This movie is worth renting, nothing more. Dreamworks' only good movie is The Prince Of Egypt. Nice sound, Bad Layer Transition, and not that good picture
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First thing-this is not a kid's movie! October 19, 1999
By A Customer
I'm a college student who happened to see this movie at a friends a few days before classes started, and I was quite surprised with the movie. The story isn't exceptoionally ingenious, but I laughed out-loud a few times. Some of the complaints about this movie would be expected: the language, the violence, and even a few sexual refrences. Like I said before, this is not a kid's movie. Also, the complaint about all the brown tones is annoying, the brown is ment to be drab because it is only seen in the scenes with the worker ants. It's symbolic, but anyone who thought a movie with Woody Allen would be a kid's movie wouldn't understand that either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Passable... barely March 16, 1999
By A Customer
Let me preface by saying that I'm a big Woody Allen fan... love his films, love his style.
That said, I did *not* like Antz. It may be that my view is tainted by SKG's out-and-out robbery of the primary idea from Bug's Life, the lackluster 'off-the-shelf' feel to the animation, but even then, I didn't care for the story itself. I certainly wouldn't bring a child to see it - far too grim with very little life in it.
In short, I see it this way: Jeffrey Katzenberg left Disney while Bug's Life was already in production. He started up SKG and before you knew what'd happened, they had a production for computer animated film about ants. What an amazing parallel. Additionally, they slated theirs to open mere weeks before Bug's Life. They used off-the-shelf software for the animation so they could meet an accelerated production schedule(and it shows) and paid big bucks for high-profile voice actors to contribute to box office draw (Katzenberg likely knew the voice actors for Bug's Life at that point, also, and knew they weren't "big" names).
"Antz" isn't terrible; it just ain't "Bug's Life".
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I bought this movie to watch with my grandchildren. We love movie time together. This is one of their favorite movies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting enough movie
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1.0 out of 5 stars Watch what your buying
Doesn't work, my son says it's from a different country. Guess I better pay attention when I'm buying things.My dumb luck
Published 1 month ago by Karen Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
I wouldn't recommend the movie. I had not seen it in many years and forgot that it is unsuitable for children.
Published 1 month ago by PollyL
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
My VCR finally broke and I am replacing the movies that I have enjoyed. With various famous voices and developed characters even adults would enjoy.
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen S. Bryant
1.0 out of 5 stars Not appropriate for kids
Not only this movie is boring, portrays ants drinking in a bar, swear words, ant talking with his head cut off. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LIsa Gal
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, to an 8 year old boy\girl
Very surprising at the end. Also pretty violent (surprising) and not as good as I thought it could be (or would be). But over all it was pretty good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lori Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids Love It
I can't believe how much my two girls ages 4 and 6 love this movie. They love all the Disney princess movies but I've never heard them laugh so much as with Antz.
Published 3 months ago by Pete Kaulbach
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
This dvd works exactly as advertised, Not much more I can say than that, I have no complaints and/or compliments.
Published 3 months ago by Paul C. Whipple
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