Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1998. DreamWorks, Pacific Data Images, DreamWorks Animation. Screenplay by Todd Alcott, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz. Produced by Brad Lewis, Aron Warner, Patty Wooton. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell. Production Design by John Bell. Film Editing by Stan Webb. Toronto International Film Festival 1998.
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.