* 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''.
* BechdelTest: 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).
* DuelingMovies: Dueled ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', but both ended up being highly critically praised and smash hits at the box office.
* 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.