The message of “Antz” (PG) is clear: resist conformity and be an individual wherever you are. It’s about a worker ant named Z (voiced by Woody Allen) who longs to be an individual in a colony, obedient to her leader’s orders.
With this opening conversation between worker ant Z and his therapist, the key themes of Dreamwork Animation’s debut film Antz (1998) become immediately clear: This is a film that deals with heady concepts such as worker alienation and the dichotomies of individualism and collectivism, authoritarianism and freedom.
Development and writing. In 1988, Walt Disney Feature Animation introduced a film called Army Ants, about a pacifist worker ant who teaches his militaristic colony lessons in independent thinking.
Z falls in love with the ant princess Bala and strives for social advances in order to finally save the ant colony from the insidious machinations of the evil General Mandible, which threatens to wipe out the entire working population. Themes of individuality are common.
In the film Antz, the producers incorporated many government issues into the story. The colony was run as a monarchy, communism and democracy. Communism, for example, was an important part of history.
ANTZ. Anti-nicotine and tobacco zealot. Smoking, Tobacco, Nicotine. Smoking, Tobacco, Nicotine.
In the film Antz, the concept of one’s personality and leadership style resembling some kind of government is a big aspect of the film, as the screen closely guides the audience through the internal values, mindsets, actions, and opinions represented by different types of government.
Is it good? The visual effects are stunning and the vocal characterizations of Allen, Stallone and Stone are outstanding. But there is more death and violence than one would expect in a children’s film. The death of two characters and the slaughter of thousands of animated “extras” make this too intense for younger kids.
After a chance meeting with Bala, the colony princess (Sharon Stone), Z falls in love and unwittingly fights against the corrupt dictatorship of General Mandible (Gene Hackman), the boss ant in charge. With a PG rating, Antz is on the trend for animations that may not suit all audiences.
The story’s setting is an ant colony in Central Park, New York City, within the chronological time span of four days. The protagonist is Z-4195, or “Z” for short, a neurotic, pessimistic and individualistic worker living in a totally totalitarian society and longing for the opportunity to truly express himself.
General Mandible is the main antagonist of Antz, DreamWorks’ first 3D rendered animated film. He was the self-righteous commander-in-chief of the ant military and was allowed to make decisions about the colony by the ant queen.
Antz 2: Return of the Colony is an animated sequel to be released on August 7, 2019 and on DVD on January 23, 2020.
Katzenberg wanted The Prince of Egypt to be a sensation and was clearly concerned about going up against Pixar’s second feature film, so he quietly embarked on a second, computer-animated project in development: ” Antz,” with animation by Pacific Data Images, a studio closely associated with Pixar.
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