Trivia / Antz

  • Actor Allusion: There's a reason people consider Antz a vital part of Woody Allen'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'."
  • All-Star Cast: The billing goes twelve deep before we even see the title. Let's see here: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lopez, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, Jane Curtin, Anne Bancroft, Danny Glover, John Malhoney, Grant Shaud, and Paul Mazursky, the guy who directed Down and Out in Beverly Hills and Bob And Carol And Ted And Alice.
  • Bechdel Test: Passes the original version, fails the updated versions (neither the Queen Ant or Bala's handmaidens are named and their conversations either don't last more than sixty seconds or don't without mentioning a male character).
  • Dueling Movies: Dueled A Bug's Life, but both ended up being highly critically praised and smash hits at the box office. This is the duel that, courtesy of Siskel & Ebert's Gene Siskel (who sadly died not long after), provides the quote for the Dueling Works page on TV Tropes.
  • Old Shame: 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Independence Day, 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 War of the Worlds.
    • Metropolis, the scene where they try to drown the workers.
    • Any resemblance to Starship Troopers during the termite battle scene is a coincidence, according to Word of God.
    • The film also has strong elements from The Red Badge of Courage.
    • There are several subtle shout outs in dialogue to Star Wars:
      • "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?"
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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 locked in Formica's office in the original script—she was Bound and Gagged 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 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.
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