Release date: 2 October 1998
Antz Official Web Site - yes
it's at Pepsi but it is the official Antz site.
Pacific Data Images - production
DreamWorks - distribution
Woody Allen ---------- Z-4195 (voice)
Dan Aykroyd --------- Chip,
Wasp #1 (voice)
Anne Bancroft -------- Queen (voice)
Jane Curtin ------------ Muffy, Wasp #2 (voice)
Danny Glover --------- Barbatus
Gene Hackman ------- Mandible (voice)
Jennifer Lopez -------- Azteca
John Mahoney ---------Drunk Scout (voice)
Paul Mazursky -------- Psychologist (voice)
Grant Shaud ---------- Foreman (voice)
Sylvester Stallone ----- Weaver (voice)
Sharon Stone ---------- Princess
Christopher Walken --- Cutter (voice)
Directed by ------------ Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson
Produced by ----------- Brad Lewis, Aron Warner, Patty Wooton
Executive producers --- Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins, Carl Rosendahl
Screenplay by --------- Todd Alcott, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Music by --------------- Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell
Production Designer --- John Bell
Art Director ------------ Kendal Cronkhite
Edited by --------------- Stan Webb
Production Managers -- Patty Bonfilio, Jane Hartwell, Denise Minter
Additional sequences directed by --- Lawrence Guterman
Creative Consultants -- Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Casting by ------------- Leslee Feldman
Story consultant ------- Zak Penn
Head of Story --------- Randy Cartwright
MPAA Rated PG for mild language and menacing action.
Running time 83 min
|Top Photo - Z and Princess Bala take the dance floor
at the worker bar.
Bottom photo - Gathering at the aphid bar after a long
hard day in the colony. Left to right: the Queen, Z, Princess Bala, Azteca,
as Princess Bala
as General Mandible
as Colonel Cutter
as the Queen
The movie, "Antz", is a computer generated animation film by Pacific
Data Images. The story is about an individualist ant who reluctantly leads
a colony of drones to revolt. Z-4195 is just a worker ant - one in a billion
- and his odds of landing the beautiful Princess Bala are about the same.
The star's voice is by Woody Allen.
|When Z returns an unlikely hero, he is escorted by General Mandible
to the royal court of the Queen.
||Z is horrified to learn from veteran soldier Barbatus that he is heading
||Princess Bala listens with disdain as general Mandible explains his
Undaunted by the colony's unyielding caste system, Z enlists the aid
of his best friend, a soldier ant named Weaver, to get to the Princess.
When a remarkable twist of fate turns Z from a common drone into an unlikely
hero, he unwittingly puts a bug in the plans of the ambitious General Mandible
to literally liquidate the colony and remake it in his own image.
Z soon finds himself leading a revolution that becomes a celebration
of individuality in the face of overwhelming conformity. Once the most
insignificant of workers, Z may just prove to be the biggest hero of them
Movie-goers should take note that there is some mild language and this
DreamWorks movie is targeted at a slightly older age group than the traditional
Disney type animated film. Computer animated movies are getting more sophisticated.
Just because a movie says animation does not necessarily mean that it's
child's play. 9-12 year olds should do fine. Some parents may not find
this movie appropriate for their 4-6 year olds.
Next film following Antz will be Shrek.
Computer animation by PDI. Pacific Data
Images is 40 % owned by DreamWorks and 60 % owned by its founders.
3D Character and Environment Digitizing and Modeling provided by Viewpoint
Datalabs International, Inc.
imho - A kid's movie for grownups. Z is pure Woody starting with
the couch. Characterizations are true and the storyline follows the thread.
- Don't follow orders. Your must learn to think for yourself. Animation
is great from the details of Z's facial features to the individual actions
of 5 million dancing ants while the camera's position sweeps the scene.
Voices are wonderful as they meld well with the characters and animation.
Sharon Stone as Princess Bala brings just the right inflections and moods.
Sylvester Stallone does a convincing job as the voice of Weaver. Jennifer
Lopez is sweet. Danny Glover makes a great friend. Some may not like the
war and annihilation between the soldier ants and the wasps where only
Z survives. While DreamWorks plays down the blood and guts, everyone does
die, a key ant does get his body separated from his head and he too dies.
So it may not be for everyone but most kids even the younger ones will
enjoy it with no problem and adults will find it more interesting than
they might have first imagined. Many lines and songs are aimed at the adults
and will pass over the heads of the younger ones. Yes there is an insectopia.
Z, you're da ant. Highly recommended as entertainment for the young ones
and as a romantic comedy for the not so young. - reviewed 22 September
NBC - NBC has the broadcast rights to "Antz" and "The Prince
of Egypt" in a deal that includes corresponding network specials. NBC to
have 3 runs of each of the films beginning in 2001. As part of the deal,
NBC has agreed to air network specials about "Ants" and "Egypt" near their
respective release dates. NBC will follow the opening of "Antz" with an
10 October special hosted by Sharon Stone and offer a behind the scenes
look at the production.
Video - Video to go on sale priced as a
sell-through on 9 February 1999. This is a very short time from the opening
of a movie to when the video will be available to the public.
Give Peace A Chance -- written by John Lennon
Guantanamera - written by Pete Seeger, Julian Orgon, Jose Fernandez
Diaz, Jose Marti
Almost Like Being In Love - wrtten by Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick
I Can See Clearly Now - written by Johnny Nash; performed by
High Hopes - written by Sammy Cahn, James Van Heusen; performed
by Doris Day
by Ellen Weiss
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback - 128 pages (October 1998)
Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell
Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
Emd/Angel; ASIN: B00000DG1P
Hi folks - enough of the mild language thread
for now. I think we have heard from both sides and I am not sure how much
new there is to add there. If you have some other comments about the movie
send them along and I will post them. Thanks.
Fan writes 3 Feb - We loved it! I took 5 children
from 11 to 2 and they all loved it. The few bad choices in language were
not acceptable but we managed. I can't wait until it's on video this week.
-- From Mom
Fan writes 8 Nov - Just saw the film today with
my husband, son (8) and daughter (6). I thought the subject matter was
quite adult yet presented in a manner quite understandable by school age
kids. The animation was incredible. The characters were created with enough
unique features and mannerisms to them to believable and identifiable.
The emotions depicted ran the gamut. The language? Not quite sure why they
marketed the film to kids then had the characters speak like adults...but
overall enjoyed the show.
Fan writes 4 Nov - My daughter Katie (5 years old)
has seen the movie 5 times and she now wants to take her Daddy. That
would make 6. We really enjoy it!
Fan writes 24 Oct - The movie is based in the true
story that is happening every day in Cuba. Actually, is a critic of the
communist system in Cuba and also is telling us how the people are selected
to perform a job for the rest of their lives with no liberty and no chance
for changes. The song played at the bar "GUANTANAMERA" is considered the
second Cuban national hymn and "INSECTHOPIA" symbolize the ultimate dream
for all the Cubans who wants to escape out the oppression and live in freedom.
When "Z" and the princess were trying to cross the lake, represent the
voyage started by Cubans almost every day from Cuba (The Colony) to U.S.A
(Insecthopia), who almost die in their attempt.
It's a great movie, good for the whole family. a fan from
Fan writes 18 Oct - First to all the parents complaining
about the few cuss words. GET REAL! … … … ANTZ was a fantastic movie!
I will definitely buy it. I took our six year old friend to this movie
(with parental permission). She didn't even notice the cuss words and NO
she DID NOT repeat them all day long. Cuss words can be heard at the grocery
store every single day. Better lock your kids in a vault or something!
A concerned Parent with realistic Independent children (grown) that Know
how to handle the REAL world!
Fan writes 16 Oct - Antz amazed me, every month
Hollywood puts out an amazing film involving CGI, and the advancements
in the technology are staggering. I am a 3d artist and I could not believe
the graphics. Two months ago I though that Godzilla showed breaking ground
animation, especially the texture mapping and animation. However Antz characters
and the movement of the lip-syncing is awesome. Also the lighting and modeling
are a feat in themselves. And by the way the story is not bad either. Hats
off to the crew at DreamWorks, PDI and Data Viewpoint Labs.
Fan writes 14 Oct - I was at the opening of Antz
in Ottawa at the international Animation Film Festival and let me tell
you, it is the best movie to come out of 1998 so far! I also met the two
directors of the film and they are the funniest, coolest guys I have ever
met ... continued success to them, the crew at PDI, and DreamWorks... and
lets hope that more great animation is to follow.
Fan writes 14 Oct - Antz was an awesome movie.
Till now I always doubted computer graphics in film. As looking too "perfect"...
I couldn't believe how REAL it looked. And it was so much fun to watch!!!!!!
The beginning was very cool and so was the ending!!!.. I think the creators
did exactly what their own movie was about, and what we should ALL do...
think for yourself!!!!.. The characters were perfect and Stallone was definitely
the BEST choice!!!! I wanna see if there will be a part II. I hope so,
and look forward to it!!! Godzilla: eat your heart out!!!!!!!! from Calgary
Fan writes 12 Oct - Me and my girl friend attended
the movie last night. To my surprise, I must say I'm a 30 year old male,
I found myself getting lost in the movie. When I say that I don't mean
(not able to follow the movie) when you can watch a computer animated movie
and loose yourself in the movie, like a child, you can then congratulate
yourself for a good movie. I hope there are collectibles to follow also.
Good work DreamWork's. I guess the name of your company explains it all!
Thank you for the great movie! A fan from Canada.
Fan writes 11 Oct - I think Antz is the coolest
movie in theaters right now. I am a big fan of Antz. I am only 11 years
old and I do not care about the dumb cussing. Antz rules!!!!!!
Fan writes 11 Oct - Unfortunately this is the ONLY
place I've found, so far, to send my thought about ANTZ. "Unfortunately"
because I'm not a "FAN" commenting. I've yet to determine why directors
and producers find it necessary to write in this type of language knowing
that the movie is intended to attract kids... and then act as though the
parents are being unreasonable for being offended. It's unnecessary, inappropriate
and in the future we'll know better before going to a DreamWorks or Pacific
Data Images film.
Fan writes 11 Oct - I loved the movie. It
was a big step in CGI movies. I didn't care about the violent scenes
and the cussing. It wasn't rated PG for nothing so complaining parents
should shut up and complain to themselves. They're the ones that
took the risk of bringing their young children along. Anyhow, the
movie was great and I can't wait until it comes on home video.
Fan writes 11 Oct - PLEASE! Just because a movie
is animated, does NOT mean it's for little kids! I personally thought it
was a riot! I spent the rest of the day snickering to its humor.-fan from
Fan writes 10 Oct - I saw this movie last night
and thought it was awesome. Why does everyone complain about the swearing?
Yeah, it could have been left out and it wouldn't have really taken from
the movie, but really people, what's the big deal? The little ones don't
know what erotic means, and as for the swear words, do your kids ride the
school bus? Are there teenagers on that bus? If so, they probably know
those words already, and know not to use them. I thought my little sister
would get scared at the battle scene, but she was cool about it. When Z
emerges to find every termite and ant except himself has been killed, this
little girl behind us kept saying, "That guy's dead." And not in a scared
or sad voice. It was like, "Llalalalala oh, look mommy, that guy's dead."
You may not want to take your 5 year old, but by all means, if they're
in their teens or preteens, take 'em! They'll get as much a hoot out of
it as you will. SEE THIS MOVIE!!! It's fantastic!
Fan writes 8 Oct -
Hey people, look and notice what rating a movie is before taking your kids
to it. Use your head I know you have one. I have not even seen the movie
yet but I am going to tomorrow. I hope. Just because it is animated does
not mean it is G ratted look at japanation or do you not know what that
is? Some of those (japanation) are not for kids and they say so in big
letters. Anyway I digress sorry but I get annoyed when people try to blame
other people for their mistakes. I feel better now.
Fan writes 8 Oct -
What do these cretins who are complaining about the mild swearing in the
movie think PG stands for?! Grow up, become parentally responsible . .
. a fan from UK.
Fan writes 7 Oct - Its a
roaster. I especially like how they made each ant look or act in some way
that characterizes the person providing the voice for them. For example
as Weaver the huge soldier ant who likes to fight and won't talk when they
are beating the crap out of him. That's totally action Stallone.
The movies cool. You earned my $8. A fan from Calgary, AB, Canada
Fan writes 5 Oct - I was
disappointed in the language used in the movie Antz. Although I am no prude
I try to monitor what my 3, 4, and 7 year old boys watch. I think that
the cursing could have been left out. My kids caught every curse word in
the movie and repeated it throughout the day. I found out this morning
that the rating was PG. I should have done the research more. This is one
I will not buy.
Fan writes 5 Oct - My husband
and I and our two sons, ages 5 and 6, went to see Antz this past weekend.
It was an animated film, so of course we thought it would be totally appropriate
for our sons. We did not even think to check the rating. When I first heard
what I thought was an inappropriate word in the film (quit your 'bitching'),
I did not believe my ears. I thought that would probably be it -- no more
words like that. But they continued -- damn, what the hell, oh my god,
and talk of an erotic fantasy! Why do people think that's appropriate language
for young children? Do they talk like that around their own kids? (Hello
film makers and directors!) I was very disappointed in this film because
of the language. Why not leave such things out of the film? It would be
just as entertaining, and certainly less offensive. So, I have now been
telling everybody I know NOT to go see Antz. Sincerely, Concerned Movie-Goer
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