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Year of Release: 1998
Director(s): Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson
Animation Studio: DreamWorks
Approx. Running Time: 83 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"Two BIG Thumbs Up!"
-Siskel and Ebert
"Very Smart And Very, Very Funny."
-Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
From the Academy Award-winning studio that brought you Shrek, DreamWorks' spectacular comedy advanture, ANTZ, was crowned "king of the hill" by audiences and critics alike. With its superstar cast and breakthrough visual effects, everyong digz ANTZ!
Life is no picnic for Z, a small worker ant with some very big ideas and whose chances of winning the heart of the beautiful Princess Bala are literally one in a billion. But when Z convinces his soldier ant buddy to switch places with him, his simple life takes a wild turn. From his battles in the Termite War to his search for "Insectopia," Z's adventures land him in a final confrontation with the ruthless General Mandible, who has plans to liquidate the colony. Once the most insignificant of workers, Z may just turn out to be the biggest little hero of them all!
Despite a stellar cast, this movie isn't as good as it could have been. I had heard some rumors about the excessive violence and language in this film, but still found it rather shocking when I finally watched the movie.
Couple this with the fact that it was released the same year as rival Pixar's superior A Bug's Life (albeit a month earlier) - an animated film also about ants and with some very similar themes (lowly worker ant falls in love with a princess) - and you've got a minor disappointment.
That's not to say, however, that it isn't a good movie, it just could have been better - a lot better.
Rated PG (MPAA)