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by Ryan Arthur

"It's better than Disney's direct-to-video crap."
4 stars

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.

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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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