Antz is a 1998 American computer-animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation. It features the voices of well-known actors such as Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, and Danny Glover as various members of an ant society. Some of the main characters share facial similarities with the actors who voice them.
Antz is the first animated film, as well as the first CGI-animated film, by DreamWorks and the second American computer-animated film after Toy Story. The film was originally released to theaters on October 2, 1998, and was released on home video on March 23, 1999 by DreamWorks Home Entertainment.
The setting for the story is an ant colony in Central Park in New York City, under the chronological timespan of 4 days. The protagonist (Woody Allen) is an ant named Z-4195, or “Z” for short, a neurotic and individualistic ant living in a wholly conformist society who longs for the opportunity to truly express himself. His friends include fellow worker Azteca (Jennifer Lopez) and a soldier ant, Weaver (Sylvester Stallone). Z meets Princess Bala (Sharon Stone) at a bar where she goes to escape from her suffocating royal life and falls in love with her.
Rotten Tomatoes reports that 95% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 85 reviews, with an average score of 7.7/10. The critical consensus is: Wonderful animation backed by humor and the vocal talents of its cast make for an entertaining movie. Antz was the first DreamWorks film to receive over 90% of its reviews as positive, and the only one until How to Train Your Dragon. Roger Ebert praised the film saying it’s “sharp and funny”. The variety of themes, interesting visuals, and voice acting were each aspects of the film that were praised.
The film topped the box office in its’ opening weekend, earning $17,195,160 for a $7,021 average from 2,449 theaters.
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