Antz

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Antz
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Directed by
Screenplay by
Produced by
Starring
Edited byStan Webb
Music by
Production
companies
Distributed byDreamWorks Pictures[1]
Release date
  • January 6, 1998 (1998-01-06) (United States)
Running time
83 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$42–105 million[5][6][7][8]
Box office$171.8 million

Antz is a computer direct-to-video animated movie made by DreamWorks Animation. It 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. It is the first movie to be released by DreamWorks Pictures and the third feature-length computer-animated film after Toy Story.

Plot[change | change source]

Z the worker ant strives to reconcile his own individuality with the communal work-ethic of the ant colony. He falls in love with Princess Bala, Z strives to make social inroads, and then must save the ant colony from the treacherous scheming of the evil General Mandible that threaten to wipe out the entire worker population.

Voice cast[change | change source]

  • Woody Allen as Z-4195 "Z", an idealistic but anxious worker ant.
  • Sharon Stone as Princess Bala, the Queen Ant's daughter, Mandible's fiancée, and Z's love interest.
  • Gene Hackman as General Mandible, the mean-spirited and arrogant supreme commander of the ant military. He is also the fianće of Princess Bala.
  • Sylvester Stallone as Corporal Weaver, a brave soldier ant and Z's best friend who becomes Azteca's boyfriend.
  • Jennifer Lopez as Azteca, another friend of Z's and a worker ant who becomes Weaver's girlfriend.
  • Christopher Walken as Colonel Cutter, a flying ant that serves as Mandible's patient and empathetic adviser who becomes disillusioned by the general's actions.
  • Danny Glover as Staff Sergeant Barbatus, a soldier ant who befriends Z during the fight against the termites.
  • Anne Bancroft as Queen Ant, Princess Bala's mother and the ruler of the ants.
  • Dan Aykroyd as Chip the Wasp, a wasp whom Z befriends.
  • Grant Shaud as The Foreman, the head of the worker ants.
  • John Mahoney as Grebs, the Drunk Ant Scout who talked about Insectopia.
  • Jane Curtin as Muffin "Muffy" the Wasp, Chip's wife.
  • Paul Mazursky as Z's Psychiatrist

The cast features several actors from movies Allen wrote, starred in and directed, including Stone (Stardust Memories), Stallone (Bananas), Hackman (Another Woman), and Walken (Annie Hall). Aykroyd later co-starred in Allen's The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Antz". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  2. "Antz". The Numbers. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  3. "D'Works, PDI trumpet 'Tusker'". Variety. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  4. "Antz". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved August 23, 2015. Approved Running time 83m 7s
  5. Fabrikant, Geraldine (January 6, 1998). "'Prince of Egypt' Is No King at the Box-Office". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 27, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  6. Natale, Richard (January 6, 1998). "After 'Rush Hour,' Fall's Box-Office Traffic Is Light". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 4, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  7. "Antz (1998) - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com.
  8. August 23, le0pard13; Reply, 2013 at 10:03 am (August 23, 2013). "'Antz' & 'A Bug's Life'".

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