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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 (386 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (386 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783231474
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,995 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

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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

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

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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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NO ANT IS AN ISLAND January 19, 2005
One has to admire the technical wizardry of this CGI animated film. While ANTZ is not classic material, it still has a moralistic theme: individuality as opposed to conformity. The movie employs some great actors to give voice to the ants and other assorted creatures. Woody Allen as Z is typical Woody, but he propels the story nicely; Sharon Stone gives a droll life to the haughty princess; Anne Bancroft is regal as the Queen; Gene Hackman is stiff, abrasive and effective as General Mandible; Sylvester Stallone gives muscle to his role as the soldier ant Weaver; Jennifer Lopez is slyly sultry as Azteca, a worker ant who falls for Weaver; Dan Ackyroyd and Jane Curtin are briefly seen as a couple of bees; and Danny Glover is a crusty old soldier ant who takes Z under his wings.

The movie is a little violent and has some strong language, so I wouldn't recommend it for younger kidz, but for teens and discriminating adults, ANTZ is an entertaining and extremely well done film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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i thought that this movie was acceptionally bad. First of all i found it to be very boring and uninteresting. The plot wasnt that great either . second of all this movie is mainly made for children and there are many parts where there is bad language involved in this movie which upsets me greatly. i am sorry that i bought it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie but is it really for kids? March 16, 2007
I like the idea of being one person (or ant in this case) and positively impacting a whole community (or ant colony). It is inspiring and hopeful but there is swearing in this. I'm not sure how it is kid friendly when Weaver says "quit your bitching" to Z. Of all the words they could have replaced it with like stop complaining/ stop being irritable, difficult, unreasonable.
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