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Antz 1998

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Z (voiced by Woody Allen) is a neurotic ant who lives and works in a colony beneath New York's Central Park. Z falls in love with Princess Bala (Sharon Stone) after she dances with him incognito at the workers' bar, and swaps places with his army friend Weaver (Sylvester Stallone) in the hope of spotting her while on parade. Unfortunately, Z's life is placed in jeopardy when Bala's fiancé, General Mandible (Gene Hackman), orders his squadron on a suicidal mission against the termites.

Starring:
Jane C, Woody Allen
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Jane C, Woody Allen, Gene Hackman, Dan Ay, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Jane Curtin, Danny Glover, Danny Glo
Director Tim Johnson, Eric Darnell
Genres Comedy
Studio DREAMWORKS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 19 March 2001
Main languages English
Dubbing Dutch, French
Subtitles Dutch, French
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2003
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You wouldn't have thought anyone could beat Woody Allen, but it has been done: an animated Woody is even better than the real one! The film is, in my opinion, for adults, as the kids may miss the references (some verbal, some visual) to totalitarian regimes, mad generals "getting obscene at young blood" etc. As an example: the severed head scene would be tragic, were it not so ridiculus. The animation is obviously great (with the water drop probably the most imaginative scene). But this is mainly pure, unadulterated fun, with Ant Z feeling "... so insignificant. - You've made real progress: you ARE insignificant." and the aristocratic WASPs having "certain obligations toward the less priviledged insects".
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'Antz' is the first 'bug movie' to arrive on the big screen; rivaled a year later by Dreamworks, Disney/Pixar in the form of 'A Bugs Life', a brighter and more colourful film, arguably the better of the two. However, 'Antz' is the first, and with a mind blowing cast to provide the voices including: Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Woody Allen, and Gene Hackman, to name but a few, it really is somthing special.
It follows the story of Z, a worker ant who wants a better way of life, to be totally free, and who unlike his fellow worker ants, is not content to dig tunnels for the rest of his life. One night he meets Princess Bala in the bar until a huge bar brawl starts up and the two are split up. However Z is determined to see the princess again, and switches places with his best mate Weaver, a soldier ant, so that he can get close to her.
What he does not realise however is that they are at war with a termite colony and that he is now on the front line. By a minor miricle, Z survives the battle, and returns home as the only surviver, istantly becoming a war hero. This allows him to meet the Princess, and getting desperate, he resorts to kidnapping her and off they go in search of a better place - insectopia. Meanwhile things are happening at the colony that are putting the lives of his friends in great danger.
As i have already said, the cast of this movie, really is amazing - so many superstars in the same movie. There isn't really any member of the cast that is not worth mentioning. The comedy genius Woody Allen voices the lead role of Z. Sylvester Stallone (who worked with Allen in Bananas) voices the role of Weaver the soldier ant, Z's best mate. Sharon Stone (who worked with Stallone in 'The Specialist') provides the voice of Princess Bala.
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Antz is my favourite CGI movie and, in my opinion, better than both Shrek movies and A Bug's Life. Sure it's old now and the animation and visual effects don't quite live up to Shrek 2, but nevertheless, graphics do not a film make. Antz is a beautifully weighted movie and surprisingly cerebral. Although kids will probably find sections of it a little boring, adults will find a depth and maturity that no other CGI film has yet managed. Woody Allen plays Z, a misunderstood worker ant trying to find himself and the fast talking, neurotic babble is fantastic. Gene Hackmann is, as always, excellent as General Mandible. His dramatic monologues will send tingles up your spine - in fact, when you watch him in ant form you'll wonder how long it will be before a CGI charater wins best actor!! He's THAT good. Fantastic film for adults, probably a bit slow for kids.
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I haven't seen this movie since I was a small child, so I decided to get it. I loved it just as much, if not more so than over 10 years ago. A few adult themes in it too which completely passed over my head when I was small!
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This is a fantastic film which i better to watch now I am older! It has so much comedy in it, jokes you dont understand when you are young! So me and my partner were very happy to sit down for movie watch and watch this!
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still one of the best family cartoon films around despite being made in the 20th century. Not the funniest movie you'll watch but it creates that warm feeling of a family movie. There are a few twists and turns here and there but overall the storyline is quite basic and easy to follow.
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Despite how it was promoted, this is not a children's movie. First of all, the swearing is a little too much for a 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 wont be disappointed with "Antz."
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