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Antz
     

Antz

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Director: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone

Cast: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone

 

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Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson's CGI release Antz gets a fantastic DVD release from Dreamworks. The disc contains a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles on this release. The educational supplemental materials

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Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson's CGI release Antz gets a fantastic DVD release from Dreamworks. The disc contains a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles on this release. The educational supplemental materials include an audio commentary track by the two directors, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a documentary look at the creation of CGI images, and a theatrical trailer. This superb disc will please every member of the family and illuminate modern animation techniques for those interested in learning how this particular kind of movie magic is made.

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What a masterstroke to graft Woody Allen's neurotic schtick onto a creature with great allegorical cause for feeling insignificant: an ant born into a colony of millions, indistinguishable from his neighbors. The opening scene of Antz, in which Allen's Z reports his psychological malaise to a therapist, sets audiences up for the way the film will work on multiple levels. Only the second film to be entirely digital, after Toy Story (1995), the film is not content to be merely an odyssey of visual stimuli -- it also has the wry intelligence to exist as a loving lampoon of Allen's work. Allen is just one of many who do assured vocal work on the project, with Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone also offering mild riffs on their familiar personas. Inevitably compared and contrasted with its CGI insect competition, A Bug's Life, released by Disney and Pixar later that year, A Bug's Life may be the more cuddly and kid-friendly movie (the battle scene in Antz is not really appropriate for younger viewers), but Antz boasts a superior script. Plus, it earns points for the risky artistic decision to make the ants look realistic -- in other words, brown, rather than their plastic blue color in Pixar's film. Pacific Data Images knew it had a dynamic story and slick visuals, and it didn't need to enhance this essentially earth-toned world with pastels. Viewers aching for color will get a good enough dose when the ants go in search of Insectopia -- at which point it assumes thematic resonance, a symbol of the quest for a better world.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/1999
UPC:
0667068419924
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
21,415

Special Features

Audio commentary with directors Tim Johnson and Eric Darnell; Production featurette; Basics of computer animation; ANTZ facial system; ANTZ character design; Production notes; Cast list & director bios; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Z
Sharon Stone Bala
Sylvester Stallone Weaver
Gene Hackman Mandible
Christopher Walken Cutter
Danny Glover Barbatus
Dan Aykroyd Chip
Jennifer Lopez Azteca
Jane Curtin Muffy
John Mahoney Drunk Scout
Anne Bancroft Queen
Paul Mazursky Psychologist

Technical Credits
Eric Darnell Director
Tim Johnson Director
Todd Alcott Screenwriter
John Bell Production Designer
Ken Bielenberg Special Effects Supervisor
Penney Finkelman Cox Executive Producer
Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin Art Director
Ted Elliott Consultant/advisor
Leslee Feldman Casting
Philippe Gluckman Special Effects Supervisor
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Gregg Landaker Sound/Sound Designer
Brad Lewis Producer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Zak Penn Consultant/advisor
John Powell Score Composer
Sandra Rabins Executive Producer
Carl Rosendahl Executive Producer
Terry Rossio Consultant/advisor
Aron Warner Producer
Stan Webb Editor
Chris Weitz Screenwriter
Paul Weitz Screenwriter
Patty Wooton Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Insignificantz (Main Titles) [6:21]
2. The General's Plan [2:23]
3. Princess Bala [2:07]
4. A Better Place [3:00]
5. Invitation to the Dantz [3:26]
6. Like Being in Love [2:56]
7. The New Soldier [3:54]
8. Termites! [2:07]
9. The New Worker [2:20]
10. One Survivor [2:49]
11. A War Hero? [4:08]
12. A Little Near-Death Experience [4:51]
13. Z the Legend [1:47]
14. This Desert Thing [3:02]
15. The Workers' Rebellion [1:28]
16. The Plastic-Wrapped Paradise [1:12]
17. Terror from Above [3:10]
18. Where's Z? [:09]
19. Insectopia! [2:18]
20. Kidnapped by Cutter [2:02]
21. Bala's Hero [4:54]
22. A Colony in Crisis [3:55]
23. The Flood [2:46]
24. Cutter's Way [3:35]
25. Z Revival [3:14]
26. End Titles [1:40]

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Antz 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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This grotesque example of a children¿s story is anything but appealing. I was horrified to see DreamWorks create a story so loosely based on human society as it is today. The ants, compared to Americans, become blown up, maimed for life by an acid spray, and dismembered by termites, who are compared terrorists. Small children, and others, are terrified to open their eyes and see this horrific massacre. But when it¿s over, the story line does NOT get better. The ant ¿hero¿ Z sets out to find a Utopia outside of his ant hill, but before he leaves, he kidnaps the ant princess, Bala. As the troops set out to find her, you see more slaughter and destruction. The best part was the happily ever after, only because it was over. But even the end has suggestion of adult behavior. This is not a movie for the kids, or even the adults to see. I hope to see DreamWorks produce better movies in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this movie to be a superb example of the functionalist view of the social structure. Functionalist beleive that the structure is universal, rigid, and balanced when people stay in their roles or ''place''. Z provides the example for those people in our society who are ''free thinkers'' and want to live outside the box. These are the people who are not tolerated by wealthy, powerful, or prestigious. People like Z challenge the status quo - by daring to believe that people should be valued for who they are and not ''how much dirt thay can haul''. My students were asked to analyze this movie using the textbook and it opened their eyes to the reality of our American structure.
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