Antz (1998)

“Don’t make my mistake, kid. Don’t follow orders your whole life. Think for yourself.” – Barbatus

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in ’98 and 2 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A worker ant disguises himself as a warrior ant in order to win the heart of the Princess.

My Take on it – As a fan of animated films, I was looking forwrad to revisiting this one after not having seen it since it came out over twenty years ago.

I didn’t recall much about the film besides the fact that Woody Allen lends his voice for the main character.

Unfortunately, this is quite a mediocre film that doesn’t manage to give us anything fresh or original in the way that it portrays the story.

Allen is definitely a great choice for the lead role even if he tales the character a bit too far in some instances.

The supporting voice cast is also great with Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Danny Glover, Dan Ackroyd, Jane Curtain, Jennifer Lopez, Anne Bancroft, John Mahoney, Paul Mazurasky and Christopher Walken giving life to these many characters.

What’s great is that each of these actors allows us to visualize the kind of tasks that each of these ants must do in order to lend their part to the colony.

The plot of the film is ok, yet it fails to give us anything that really would make this film stand out and be more memorable.

This is quite a shame especially since the vice talent is so stellar here.

Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre animated film that fails to give us an interesting enough story that seems fresh and original. Allen is great in the lead voice role even if he slightly goes over the top with the character.  The supporting cast is also quite good and lead us to see the various tasks of the colony just by imagining the actors portraying the voices.  The plot is fine but doesn’t lead itself to give us anything that would make this film be more memorable in the way that everything happens which is quite a shame given the talented voice cast.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally offered the part of Weaver. When Schwarzenegger wanted to be paid for the role, it went to Sylvester Stallone, who was willing to do it for free. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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