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Pixar quality but a bit lacking.
on 11 November 2015
An ant named Flik is a kind of Steve Jobs of the ant world, he’s a visionary, he sees the future, he sees how things can be made better, how things can be done easier, however that defiantly isn’t the ant way and he is told this in no uncertain terms. “Do things the way we always have and toe the line”. This makes him an outsider and a bit of a joke. When he messes up a very important task and accidentally puts the colony in danger, he accepts the challenge/order to leave the colony and fetch help. The colony thinks he will fail or die and whatever the outcome he is out of their hair so to speak for at least a while. When he actually succeeds and brings back bigger bugs to help, it’s sends shock waves through the colony and changes their lives forever.
Pixar films second full length feature is something of a let-down after the tremendous commercial and critical success of Toy Story. There is nothing wrong with the story, the animation is first class and looks very handsome, the voice talent is one of the best I’ve heard and the characters are well drawn and entertaining, but it must be said that there is something missing. It just doesn’t have Toy Story’s heart or emotional punch and it’s this element that lets the side down. It was also following on the heels of DreamWorks very similar Antz starring Woody Allen and Sylvester Stallone and audiences may have suffered from ant overload or even possibly got the films mixed up. Also films about bugs have been a mainstay of animation for so long it seemed a little old hat and pedestrian, especially for Pixar. Saying that there is much to be enjoyed especially Kevin Spacey as the main bad guy and Phyllis Diller as the Ant queen.
Costing 4 times as much as Toy Story but taking less at the box office, it’s the least successful of all Pixar films to date and must have been a genuine disappointment for the company who at this time had only had one genuine box office hit. Luckily Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. soon followed and were huge hits and saved them from an uncertain future.
Charming and beautifully made but a little lacking in depth.