(out of 5)
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.
Production Design by John Bell
Film Editing by Stan Webb
Toronto International Film Festival: 1998