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Antz

Director: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson; Stars: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone; Release Date: October 26, 2004

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The character designs and animation offer a marvelous range of expressions

  • Feb 23, 2006
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I've had the video version to this for years and the kid enjoys it. Let me also say that the animation on this movie is wonderful. "Antz" is one of those movies that perhaps won't stick with us forever, but is still memorable and thought-provoking. Despite how it was promoted, this is not a children's movie. First of all, the swearing is a little too much for a very young child, and there are some pretty graphic sequences. Secondly, though this is nothing against the movie, the themes are too deep for a child to truly comprehend. A better kid's film about insects is "A Bug's Life" (which is also a fantastic movie).

The anti-communistic motives and themes of individuality are well presented, and the voice acting is superb (Allen as the puny Z presents a perfectly whiny voice, that fits his character to a tee.) The menacing General Mandibly and his henchman, Cutter, are perfectly crafted by their respective voice actors. The overall plot is also terrific, and for what was to be a children's film, the termite v. ant battle is spectacularly done- very exciting.

The overall idea of a lowly worker becoming a leader of his people has been done many times, and "Antz" sticks with a tried and true notion. If you can see the true ideas behind the cutesy insect animation, you won't be disappointed with "Antz."

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October 02, 2010
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   If you could go back to 1998 (something that I would give serious consideration to by the way), you would find that the computer generated animated feature film was in its infancy.  All that existed prior was Pixar’s Toy Story.  Suddenly the powers-that-be had insects on their collective minds as the subject for best exploiting the new medium. In fact a very strong argument could be made that it was these bug flicks of 1998 that firmly cemented a rivalry between DreamWorks …
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"United we stand, divided we fall." Pretty fun animated film about insects whose ability to survive is dependent on their ability to work together. Great movie about respect, vision and acceptance. A weak 4 out of 5 stars.  
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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.Antzexplores 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 ...
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Genre: Family
Release Date: 1998, October 2, 1998
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: March 23, 1999
Runtime: 1hr 23min
Studio: Dreamworks Animated
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