This should probably put Disney on notice.Z (voice of Woody Allen) is tired of his life as a worker ant. One night at a bar he starts to dance with a female ant (voice of Sharon Stone) who turns out to be the princess of the colony. He's got to see her again, so he trades places with a warrior ant (voice of Sylvester Stallone) to see her as the army gets sent to war with the termites. He ends up being the only survivor, and starts to sort of revolutionize the colony as being a free thinker, rather than some mindless drone. Problem is, General Mandible (voice of Gene Hackman) doesn't want free thinkers. He's trying to run the colony himself, and Z's just getting in the way. Z ends up kidnapping the princess and they end up in "Insectopia," or the outside world, which is ours. They hightail it back when they find out about the general's plan.
Antz looks great. Seriously. The computer animation from Toy Story pales in comparison to the work done in Antz. It's crisper and not so artificial. I saw the preview to A Bug's Life prior to this film and was thoroughly underwhelmed. It looked almost exactly like Toy Story (even leading off 20 seconds of the trailer with clips from Toy Story).
This is not like other studios' would-be attempts at out-Disneying Disney. What was Quest For Camelot? Shit. But then, it's Warner Brothers, so that's not surprising. Anastasia? They copied Disney almost brush stroke for brush stroke and it didn't work. Antz does. The voices, for the most part, work. Allen is perfectly cast, as is Hackman, but Dan Aykroyd and Christopher Walken stole it for me. The story needs a bit of work, but it's well worth it. Animation fans will be in heaven.I'm still waiting on Prince Of Egypt, though.