* ActorAllusion: There's a reason people consider ''Antz'' a vital part of Creator/WoodyAllen's oeuvre despite his not writing or directing it. Weaver is very much a Stallone type of character as well, especially when he mutters while being tortured, "I ain't tellin' you ''nothin'.''"
* AllStarCast: The billing goes ''twelve'' deep before we even see the title. Let's see here: Creator/WoodyAllen, Creator/SharonStone, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/JenniferLopez, Creator/DanAykroyd, Creator/GeneHackman, Creator/ChristopherWalken, Creator/JaneCurtin, Anne Bancroft, Creator/DannyGlover, John Malhoney, [[Series/MurphyBrown Grant Shaud]], and Paul Mazursky, the guy who directed ''Film/DownAndOutInBeverlyHills'' and ''Film/BobAndCarolAndTedAndAlice''.
* DuelingMovies: Dueled ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', but both ended up being highly critically praised and smash hits at the box office. This is the duel that, courtesy of ''Series/SiskelAndEbert's'' Creator/GeneSiskel (who sadly died not long after), provides the quote for the DuelingWorks page on TV Tropes.
* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/ChristopherWalken, known mainly for being [[LargeHam hilariously over-the-top]] characters, plays the soft-spoken, deadpan Colonel Cutter.
* OldShame: Woody Allen disliked doing the film mainly because the producers had him record all of his lines in 5 days and even had him redo some of the lines.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Film/IndependenceDay'', when the kid with the magnifying glass vaporizes a dumb soldier ant who thinks the light is beautiful, a take-off on a similar dialogue. The sound effects are directly from the original ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''.
** ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', the scene where they try to drown the workers.
** Any resemblance to ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' during the termite battle scene is a coincidence, according to WordOfGod.
** The film also has strong elements from ''Literature/TheRedBadgeOfCourage''.
** There are several subtle shout outs in dialogue to ''Franchise/StarWars'':
*** "I hope you know what you're doing." "Yeah, me too."
*** "The Colonel is not as understanding as I am."
*** "Aren't you a little short for a war hero?"
*** "Who's the bigger idiot, the idiot or the idiot who gets kidnapped by the idiot?"
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** [[http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Antz.html According to the original script]], General Mandible was originally called Formica. His ultimate fate, instead of being impaled on a twig, was nearly drowning before being rescued by Z and the others, then becoming a honeydew keg.
** Also, Bala wasn't just [[LockedInARoom locked in Formica's office]] in the original script--she was BoundAndGagged and dumped in the Megatunnel before being rescued by Z.
** Perhaps taking a page out of Disney's book, Pacific Data Images announced in 1998 that they were [[http://www.awn.com/news/dreamworks-having-picnic-antz-ii-marching working on a direct-to-video sequel for the film]]. It never happened.
** In early concepts, Cutter was going to have a Lady Friend among the ladies-in-waiting, but hesitated to pursue her because of his job. There wasn't enough time for it with the other romances, and it was cut.