1998 animated film about an individualistic ant in a conformist, totalitarian ant colony

Antz is a 1998 American computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson and written by Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz and Todd Alcott. The film stars Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Christopher Walken, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, Danny Glover and Gene Hackman. Some of the main characters share facial similarities with the actors who voice them. Antz was DreamWorks Pictures' first animated film, and the second feature-length computer-animated film after Disney/Pixar's Toy Story.

Cast and Crew

Woody AllenZ-4195 "Z"
Gene HackmanGeneral Mandible
Sylvester StalloneCorporal Weaver

Web Pages

Antz (1998) - IMDb

Video Products

Antz (1998), 23 Mar 1999

Memorable Scenes

Antz Trailer
Trailer featuring General Mandible's speech and the ants marching to war
Mandible: Sacrifice. To some, it is just a word. To others it is a code.
Z: Geez, you know, I'm really bad at word games.
Mandible: The life of one individual ant does not matter. What matters is the colony. And each soldier knows that he's willing to live for the colony ... to fight for the colony ... to die for the colony.
Z: This guy's crazy.
Barbatus: I hear ya.
Mandible: At 0800 hours we received word that the termite enemy has been mobilised. We have no choice but to launch a preemptive strike. I'm proud to send you into battle.
. . .
Barbatus: Our platoon has the best assignment of all: we're the first into battle.
Z: Hey, that's ... you're being a little extreme, I feel. Why don't, why don't we just try to influence their political process with campaign contributions?

Reviews

Antz (1998)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
Libertarian content: 4 (out of 5). Entertainment value: satisfactory.
"... the protagonist ant at the center of this animated tale, named Z, doesn't want to subordinate himself to the greater good. ... [The] events are pervaded with a self-conscious individualist tone. ... a few scenes later, a dying soldier says to Z: 'Don't make my mistake, kid. Don't follow orders your whole life. Think for yourself.'"

Videos


Antz - Trailer, 19 Sep 1998
Official trailer from Paramount

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