Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1998. Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft, Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Don McEnery, Bob Shaw, additional story by Geefwee Boedoe, Jason Katz, Jorgen Klubien, Robert Lance, David Reynolds. Cinematography by Sharon Calahan. Produced by Darla K. Anderson, Kevin Reher. Music by Randy Newman. Production Design by William Cone. Film Editing by Lee Unkrich. Academy Awards 1998. Golden Globe Awards 1998.
Pixar has once again outdone itself with this brilliant computer-animated film that far outdoes Dreamworks’ Antz. Like the Woody Allen bug epic, this is again a rumination on the responsibility of the individual to the society around him, but here the stunning colours and superior humour put it a cut above. Dave Foley is hilarious as Flick, a free-thinking ant sent by his tribe on a pointless mission to rid them of his anti-efficiency inventions that keep getting in the way of the harvest. Kevin Spacey is the head of the evil grasshoppers who demand a large portion of the ants’ harvest, ruling over them with unapologetic menace. Will Flick be the hero who will rise to save his people? You bet your blue ant, and he’s got a troop of circus performers to help him out. Voice work includes Madeline Kahn, David Hyde Pierce, Bonnie Hunt and Phyllis Diller, and the film concludes with staged outtakes that are even funnier than the film itself (two different sets of outtakes were released in theatres due to their popularity; both are available on video and DVD).