Antz (1998)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1998.  , , .  Screenplay by , .  Produced by , , . Music by , .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The sophisticated wit in this computer-animated comedy might go over most little tots’ heads.  Adults, however, will enjoy seeing an ant with a serial number instead of a name speaking with Woody Allen‘s voice and ruminating on the meaning of life in a world where he’s only one of many billions of others just like him.

Allen plays a worker ant who decides that the evil general who runs everything (Gene Hackman) isn’t good enough to be deciding whether or not people die, and so sets out on a quest to find the paradise of Insectopia.  Sharon Stone is warmhearted and zesty as the Princess who unwillingly takes the journey with him.

Perfect musical selections, a wonderfully original score by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell and gorgeous animation (especially the picnic scene) don’t make it as imaginative as A Bug’s Life, but they do make for a good movie.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1998

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