Title: Antz (1998)
Duration: 83 min
Cast: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone
IMDB Rating : 6/10
Antz is a movie that falls into the category that keeps the adults’ attention and with subtleties for kids. As Antz opens we meet an ant named Z (voiced by Woody Allen.) The movie starts off with Z explaining to his psychiatrist ant that he feels he’s not getting enough attention. It is not easy being the middle child in a family of five million.In an ant colony there are two primary groups of ants, worker ants and warrior ants. Worker ants mindlessly slave away at their jobs – primarily digging and earth-moving, while warrior ants are constantly preparing to protect the colony against outside threats. Also in the colony is a Queen ant (Anne Bancroft), a Princess ant Bala (Sharon Stone), and two military leader ants, General Mandible (Gene Hackman) and Colonel Cutter (Christopher Walken).Z is a plain worker ant. His day consists of moving earth during the day, going to a bar for some recuperation, sleeping, and then getting up to move earth again. Z is different from all the other ants. He’s a free thinker, an ant who wants to be different.Princess Bala is of the same type as Z. She wonders about what the other ants do all day. She also wants to have some fun. Her life is not as great as it may sound, being princess and all. She is engaged to marry the militaristic-at-mind and maniacal General Mandible. After marriage, she is expected to give birth to millions of ants. Bala wants to experience her own life before taking on the life put together by her mother. So, one night Bala sneaks out to the bar where Z and the other ants go to hang out. As luck has it for Z, Bala chooses to dance with him. He is instantly attracted to Bala, though he doesn’t know that she’s a princess. They have one exciting dance, where Z helps plant the seed of individualism into Bala’s mind. Unlike the other ants that are dancing in-sync, Z and Bala break free and dance as they want. Afterwards, Bala is in a rush to leave, but not before Z finds out who she really is.
, knowing that he has no chance of meeting Princess Bala again, hatches a hairbrained idea to try to meet her again. The warrior ants are going on a parade for the Queen, General Mandible, and the Princess the following day. Z wants to be there. Z arranges to switch places with his best friend, a warrior ant, Weaver (Sylvester Stallone) so that he can march and maybe get to see Bala again.What Z doesn’t know is that the warriors are being sent into battle to fight invading termites, who are larger than ants and spit acid from their foreheads. This battle sequence is quite intense.Z returns as a war hero, but it is discovered that he is only a worker and he kidnaps Bala during his escape. The two get lost and decide to search for Insectopia, a place where ants don’t have to work and food is lying out in the open.Antz is one part social commentary, one part romance, and one part comedy. These parts fall into place perfectly and make Antz a wonderful animated movie.