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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Antz is a 1998 computer-animated film produced by DreamWorks. 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. The film was originally released to theaters on October 2, 1998, and was released on home video on March 23, 1999.
The cinematic release of Antz was somewhat
overshadowed by Pixar's A Bug's Life. Released in theaters just a month
after Antz, A Bug's Life is also a computer animated film based on the
adventures of a misfit ant who falls for the princess of the colony. Antz,
receiving a PG rating, is not as child-centric as A Bug's Life (which
received a G rating). It deals with slightly more complex themes,
including conformity and war, and its imagery is less colorful and more
realistic; for example, the ants' coloration is orange-brown rather than
bright blue and the ants in Antz have six extremities (four legs and two
arms) rather than the more human-like four. The film shows the transition
of the colony from a dictatorship to a democracy. General Mandible's plan
to "rinse away all the filth from our gutters" (the colony) is reminiscent
of Adolf Hitler's "Final Solution".