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by Chris Parry

"Could have been awesome if it weren't for the celebrity overload."
4 stars

Every year Hollywood finds a new theme. If it's not dinosaurs, it's volcanoes. If it's not volcanoes, it's falling chunks of meteor. This season has found it's new theme. Animated bugs.

As with every other seasonal fad, the A-List has jumped aboard in droves.

Woody Allen is the voice of Z-4195, an ant with chronic depression. He doesn't want to be one in a million, he wants to be his own man... uh... insect.

Z falls in love with the queen's daughter (Sharon Stone) and while trying to grab her attention, lands himself in the middle of a war with the evil termites. Meanwhile, the nasty General Mandible (Gene Hackman) and his offsider Colonel Cutter (Christopher Walken) work to take over the colony by means most foul. Can Z throw off his shackles of conformity and be the hero his colony needs to survive?

It must be said, the CGI animation of Antz is remarkable. The 'Toy Story' technology of a few years ago is already passe and unless characters start jumping off the screen, running under my seat and stealing my popcorn, this is as good as animation can really get. Thankfully, unlike most recent animated features, the story is original, and the characters don't break into song every three minutes.

At times the celebrities behind the animation detract from the events unfolding on the screen. The opening scene, where Z talks to his ant-shrink, couldn't be any more Woody if he had a 12 year old asian ant hanging off him.

Christopher Walken's voice is so unmistakable that it's invariably funny when it shouldn't be.

Sharon Stone could have been a redheaded albino midget and nobody would be the wiser. She's just completely bland, indicating her fame must truly be a case of tits over talent.

Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft and Danny Glover get about six lines of dialogue each, making it worth querying why they were even there.

Thankfully Sly Stallone and Jennifer Lopez work well as Z's best buddies. Stallone's recent move away from muscled up gruntfests has served two purposes - it's saved his career and freed up some roles so Jean-Claude Van Dumb can put food on the table.

What it all comes down to is a misuse of resources. Making an animated feature is supposed to allow the storytellers to portray a complete fantasy. We're supposed to be able to immerse ourselves in this imaginary world. And if the producers had allowed the animiation, story and dialogue to be the stars of the show, this would have been an awesome film.

But they didn't. They took the easy option of filling seats with stars who we never see and, more often than not, who's voices we don't even recognise.

But we sure as hell see their names on the poster.

Despite the celebrity overload, Antz is a fine piece of work. It's amusing enough, attractive enough and it won't send adults to sleep. Take a kid and enjoy the show, or just buy the inevitable happy meal.

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User Comments

1/01/10 Dane Youssef Not just for the kids. It works on every possible level. Film takes a quantum leap forword. 5 stars
1/17/09 Samantha Pruitt Woody Allen as an, what could be better? not sarcasm, really funny movie. 5 stars
11/08/08 Tiffany Losco Cute, my daughter loved it 4 stars
8/08/08 David Cohen Woody Allen does his same, tired old schtick, only as an ant 3 stars
7/24/08 Shaun Wallner Great Kids Film! 5 stars
4/15/08 Andrew Excellent movie with some great humor packed in it, too. 5 stars
3/02/08 Pamela White humorous what a brave ant 4 stars
6/04/07 fools♫gold Yeah, I have to rate so as to cancel out this saying that kids shouldn't watch it. 4/5 or.. 5 stars
3/09/07 johnnyfog A fun romp, though there's swearing so no kid viewers. WTF? 4 stars
2/17/07 Vip Ebriega Small world, unique movie. 4 stars
10/01/06 gambling bonus 5 stars
8/16/06 drydock54321 fun for everyone 4 stars
7/19/06 Sandy + Stephanie (twins) that little ant 5 stars
5/16/06 Fruit-Loop Hey who's the bigger Idiot? The Idiot or the Idiot that says this movie is for idiots? 4 stars
2/13/06 Anthony Hilarious 4 stars
11/16/05 Adrian An entertaining look at the world and life of ants. 4 stars
11/10/05 Quigley awesome visuals, awesome one-liners, awesome Woody Allen. the whole movie is awesome! 5 stars
8/27/05 Aliyah It suck shark tale is better. 1 stars
7/29/05 tony HILARIOUS. A KEEPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/25/05 Valerie For some reason I really like this one, LOL. 4 stars
1/01/05 Landshark Cavalcade of stars as excuse for slavish caricature, no diff from Shark Tale crap. 2 stars
11/15/04 Ange makes u think of steping on ants.. with chewy! 5 stars
8/30/04 Carmen it was boring 1 stars
7/14/04 tatum "A Bug's Life" for Mom and Dad, and funny to boot 5 stars
6/04/04 Daveman Brilliant animation for its time and an interesting idea, but damn it's no Bug's Life. 4 stars
5/17/04 DM Interesting that the ripoff ("A Bug's Life") was somewhat better 4 stars
2/28/04 Kyle Stunning cast brings the movie up a notch. 3 stars
2/10/04 Whatevr Makes you think twice about burning ants with a magnifying glass. 5 stars
8/31/03 Kitty Kelso Even if hes got only a few lines, aykroyd was the best one 3 stars
9/11/02 Zefram Mann Decent animation, excellent script, and top notch voice talent. 5 stars
7/11/02 KMG Just okay 3 stars
2/08/02 Error One of the best movie ever! 5 stars
12/16/01 Yul Spinner Good, but a lot less than "Bug's Life". This one has no heart. The characters are annoying 3 stars
10/15/01 Andrew Carden The First Adult Cartoon With Woody Allen Hits Rock Bottom. 2 stars
10/03/01 Butterbean Hmmm..I'll go back to watching "Toy Story" 3 stars
8/31/01 Henry Ginsberg Very witty and well animated. 5 stars
8/29/01 Gary Loved it. Witty, great voiceovers. Muddy, dull colours but the great script shines through. 5 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat W/a good voice-overcast,itcan'tlose.1 WoodyAllen pic U where won't fall asleep. 5 stars
7/03/01 jacqui great fun for adults disgruntled with their lot in life; allen and Walken are fantastic 5 stars
4/16/01 LiL Wow, this movie is funny, original and all around fantastic! 5 stars
4/10/01 Gary This is a better film than "A Bug's Life" and it gets less credit. You should see it! 4 stars
2/16/01 lisa there was only one bloody color in the movie!! it was boring. 2 stars
2/07/01 Turtle Much better than the semi-dissappointing "A Bug's Life". 4 stars
1/19/01 Jed Good movie indeed Woody Allen was funny among others. 4 stars
11/13/00 The EVIL Penguin see the right side 4 stars
11/08/00 dan extremely entertaining and funny! much better than "Bugs" 5 stars
8/26/00 Matthew Bartley 'Hey this tastes like crap' 'It is crap! Good crap!' 5 stars
7/04/00 Stephen Anderson A good movie for both adults and children 4 stars
2/13/00 Richard Wright Not as funny the second time I saw it. Still a good "adult" style animation though. 4 stars
12/13/99 owins c-ta that funny and enjoy 5 stars
11/02/99 hum yawn 2 stars
10/25/99 Bueller Woody Allen has never been so viusally appealing. I liked it better than Blair Witch... 3 stars
7/01/99 Elizaveta Working men of all countries, Unite! 4 stars
1/18/99 Yo Momma A+ for humor and fun, D for storyline. Excellent 4 a kiddy movie. 4 stars
1/17/99 Redial Awesome 4 a kiddie movie. 4 stars
1/15/99 ACME-TNT Fivestar cast,excellent story,mezmorizing animation,hilarious humor,fun fun,cool action,etc 5 stars
1/15/99 Charles Dubé The return of the Woodman insect. Allen makes a welcome comeback! 5 stars
1/03/99 Dasha great, great, great movie! Sharp, witty and funny too. 5 stars
12/29/98 pieter post Wonderful computer animation film 5 stars
12/23/98 Puppy Well. As expected Woody Allen annoyed me beyond belief. *sigh* 2 stars
12/19/98 John Kinsella Loved it! Amazing animation. Funny story. PDI is a comer! 5 stars
12/16/98 ken A+ for technology, D for storyline 3 stars
12/13/98 Binky Works better fi you haven't just seen the far superior A Bug's Life. Not bad, but not great 4 stars
12/07/98 Shadow Raider Good movie... Funny as hell... Leave the kiddies at home. 4 stars
11/24/98 Evil Al I always thought Woody Allen was an insect! 4 stars
11/24/98 buddy Just okay, the darkness of it gave me a headache. 3 stars
11/22/98 Baked Spam It sucks...Really sucks! 1 stars
11/15/98 Hal 9000 Characters were grotesque in appearance. Thin and unengaging story. Too much brown. 3 stars
11/13/98 Lord Of The Dunce I'm anti (pun intended) celebrity voices. Share the work with unknown actors, assholes! 3 stars
11/09/98 MissDelicateFlower I wish the sound had been broken when I saw it. 2 stars
11/06/98 David Torpey Great movie but leave the young ones at home. Like 7 unless you like to hear cuss words. 4 stars
11/06/98 bvw funny as hell. not really a kid's movie, per se 5 stars
11/04/98 The Dude I really expected it to be more of a little childs movie, But I enjoyed it 4 stars
11/04/98 The Graduate Intelligent and hilarious! How many animated flicks can get a laugh from quoting Marx? 5 stars
10/30/98 Katsat Splashy animation but hollow inside. Woody annonying, Stone bland. No magic, no passion. 2 stars
10/27/98 Silent Rob Themes and images that sail right over the intended audiences head. Kid film? NOT!!! 4 stars
10/24/98 Ash Toy Story is better than this, and the voices totally bite!! A Bugs Life will be better!!!! 1 stars
10/24/98 Vick Di Brecci A fine remake of Everything You... Sex's last segment with added romance and social comment 4 stars
10/23/98 stf Nice to look at, actors are great! storyline so so but worth it for the social class issue 4 stars
10/22/98 Negative Creep Stallone is Great in this. Finally Proves he CAN be Funny, lighthearted. 3 stars
10/19/98 Aint-It-Cool intellectually stimulating as well as beautiful and fun. No stupid sidekicks or songs! 5 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo Just not as impressed as the media says I should be. Sucked. 3 stars
10/17/98 Mr Showbiz cunning new animated adventure about a worker ant who longs to escape his fascist colony 5 stars
10/17/98 Sailor Moon Ate My Balls Better than Disney's Toy Story, this movie rocks! 5 stars
10/15/98 Airlu I LOVED IT!!!! A great movie with a great cast. Definitely worth the 8 bucks. 5 stars
10/14/98 Gamma Best CG Water ever. Walken kicks all ass, no matter the role. Decent Story 4 stars
10/13/98 grunter Stunningly unfunny; If U caught even 1 of the ET TV profiles, U saw the whole damn film. 2 stars
10/08/98 Armageddon The celeb voices made this film extremely fun to watch. Wonderful animation. 4 stars
10/07/98 Korny Island This was pretty good effects but it was a kind of crappy story. One for kids only. 2 stars
10/04/98 Shmoo Sux 1 stars
10/01/98 katherine I think this movie's pretty good 4 kids. It was funny, and it taught a lesson. 5 stars
9/29/98 brian Really enjoyed the film! I saw it at the Toronoto Film Festival! 5 stars
9/26/98 dov Sly is a hoot. 4 stars
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