Awesome / Antz

  • The picnic scene, starting with the gigantic shoe descending into frame and ending with a flick of a gum-and-ant-covered penny into the garbage. Think humans are ants compared to giant monsters? To ants, we're living mountains.
  • Barbados is a highly capable warrior ant who is able to take down giant termites alone, one after another.
  • Speaking of the picnic scene, there's also Z's (attempted) rescue of Bala. According to Word of God, at that point, Z had to stop being a nebbish and start being heroic.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams combined to make a superb soundtrack—their next film was Chicken Run—and six words: "High Hopes" sung by Doris Day. You'll know it when you hear it.
  • Ants are awesomely strong for their size, but Weaver supporting about ten-thousand ants on his shoulders, all alone? That was still cool.
  • Bala fearlessly standing up to Mandible and revealing her true distaste for him.
    Bala: I don't like the way you think, I don't like the way you run this colony, and I don't like YOU! The wedding's off!
  • Cutter rebelling against Mandible and stepping forward to help Z and the others.
    Mandible: What are you doing?!
    Cutter: Something I should have done a long time ago. This is for the good of the colony.
  • Z sees Mandible about to kill Colonel Cutter and shoves him out of the way. Keep in mind he barely knows Cutter - but the guy is about to help his friends, and that's far more important. Throughout the film Z has been rather selfish - now he understands that the colony is just as important as he is.