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Antz

anime & animation


DreamWorks and Pacific Data Images collaborated on this all computer-animated comedy-adventure about the ant angst of misfit worker ant, Z (Woody Allen), who feels trapped by the conformist confines of his totalitarian ant civilization.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    95%
  • Audience Score
    51%

common sense

ON for kids age 7
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
4 out of 5

Great effects and characters, but surprisingly violent.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Antz is an animated comedy that will have lots of appeal for teens and adults, especially for fans of Woody Allen's brand of humor -- ironic social commentary and perpetual worry. However, the action in this film is substantial. It's meant to be exaggerated and funny, but though the victims are ants and other insects, for young or sensitive kids they're relatable characters -- living, breathing beings with human voices. There are many deaths: great battles occur along with the aftermath on fields covered with bodies (and include a sad deathbed scene of a well-liked ant soldier). The strutting villain tortures two heroes and threatens to drown the entire ant colony; the ants escape the rushing waters with no time to spare. Other characters are blown to smithereens or turned to ash. Two couples flirt, fall in love, and kiss. There's some potty language and swearing ("tight-ass," "hell," "damn," "anus," "crap") and the ants have a local pub in which they drink an intoxicating beverage.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about when to question authority and how to balance individuality with the needs and norms of the community.
  • How do you think Antz compares with other movies that offer an about insect's point of view, such as A Bug's Life and Honey I Shrunk the Kids?
  • Is it fun to think of how different things look to an ant, like how our discarded trash is an exciting "Insectopia" to them?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    95%
    reviews counted: 26
    see all Antz reviews
  • Audience

    51%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Succeeds at pushing the technology as well as and offering intelligent family fare that won't leave adults bored. Great fun.

- Chris Gore, Film Threat, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A kids' movie that will leave grown-ups quoting the best lines to one another.

- David Denby, New York Magazine, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh:

- Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Many adult themes are presented in this film; that's what makes it great. The story itself is a good and keeps the audience engaged. This isn't your typical animated film. It's dark, violent, and at times even depressing. It's more deep and not very childish, but that is what makes it stand out.

- edfilmreviews, Thursday, December 6, 2012

3 stars

Such a metaphorical film for many issues. Woody Allen was a great choice for the main character here, a great film to teach the kids about individuality.

- 76Majikat, Tuesday, April 17, 2012

3 stars

As smart as Pixar's "A Bugs Life" is. Antz is smarter. However it isn't as funny. Both have their flaws but like Bugs Life its family entrtainment that isn't too bland for adults. It's less colourful than Bugs Life but it instead has a complex story.

- aquateen2, Thursday, March 1, 2012