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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

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

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. See more »

Goofs

In real life, the situation between ants and termites is reversed from their roles in the movie. Ants prey on termites, which are much smaller - and ants are the ones who secrete acid to kill them. See more »

Quotes

Z: Okay, I've gotta give myself a positive attitude. A good attitude even though I'm utterly insignificant. I'm, I'm insignificant... but with attitude.
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Crazy Credits

The Z in Antz is slightly crooked, and its also the name of the title character. 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 Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) See more »

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Give Peace a Chance
Written by John Lennon
Used with Permission by Yoko Ono
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21 January 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Antz (1998)

*** (out of 4)

Z (Woody Allen) is an ant that questions just about everything but after a chance meeting with the Princess he decides to try and meet her again, which gets the two of them outside their colony where they learn that the General (Gene Hackman) has some bad plans.

ANTZ isn't any sort of masterpiece but if you're a fan of Woody Allen then you'll certainly enjoy seeing his type of humor in a kids movie. In fact, the movie is a tad bit more adult in nature, which took me by surprise and especially with some of the mild cussing that can be heard in it.

For the most part this is a mildly amusing film that manages to get a great number of vocal talent. Not only do we get Allen and Hackman but there's also Dan Aykroyd, Sharon Stone, Danny Glover, Anne Bankroft, Christopher Walken, Jennifer Lopez and more. All of them are good in their roles but I think the one major flaw of the film is that none of the ants really look their own. I guess part of the joke was having the worker ants and the war ants looking alike. I think this just took away from the film and it would have been better if they had their own look. Heck, even the Allen character doesn't have any of the actor's features.


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