Underrated Masterpieces: Antz

Underrated Masterpieces: Antz

Not to be confused with the much more iconic and kid-friendly A Bug’s Life (1998), Antz (1998) shows a Woody Allen take on insects and computer animation and pushed boundaries compared to most computer animated films.

The controversy surrounding Antz is the dark and edgy material, profanity used by certain characters and a Stalin-esque regime led by General Mandible (Gene Hackman) and that isn’t surprising compared to the family-friendly A Bug’s Life.

Woody Allen was able to use his traditional comedic flair as a worker ant named Z-4195 (whose middle name is Marion) in a way that shows that Woody Allen can do both live-action works and animation, even though he re-wrote Antz after he signed on.

It also featured the voices of Christopher Walken (he’s never got a fever nor cowbells in this one), Jennifer Lopez, Danny Glover, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Boncraft, John Mahoney and Jane Curtin.

While A Bug’s Life is perfect to watch with your children, the Woody Allen version is perfect for you and your grandparents can handle.


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