YMMV / Antz

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Muffy. She's condescending and nauseating, but she doesn't deserve to get crushed by a flyswatter — complete with a shot of her dead body. (If anything, she's killed because she wanted to give Z and Bala some food, but is briefly distracted by some snuggly time with her husband.)
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Sort of averted, sort of not. The film was highly successful both financially and critically despite being rated PG. But nowadays, bowdlerized versions of it get aired on TV channels geared toward children.
  • Awesome Music: One of the best and most criminally overlooked soundtracks in animated film history. Seriously.
  • Complete Monster: General Mandible, a megalomaniac ant soldier who views worker ants as inferior vermin and soldiers as superior. He manipulates the Queen into going to war with the otherwise peaceful Termites. It's implied he sent word to warn the Termites so that the Queen's troops would lack the element of surprise. Both sides are destroyed, with the sole survivor being Z, which irritates Mandible to no end. Mandible engineers a dig for the miners so they will hit a water source that will drown every ant in the colony including the Queen, except for his small faction of army loyalists who will be blindly obedient to him. He tortures Z's best friend Weaver to find Princess Bala after Z took her away, threatens to kill Weaver's girlfriend Azteca if he doesn't comply, then orders Z killed seconds after he promised not to do so and arranges Weaver's death as well. To start his new ideal colony he plans to force Princess Bala to marry him after he has killed her mother and everyone else.
  • Dueling Movies: Invoked by Jeffrey Katzenberg, the producer of this movie, who left Disney when they were working with Pixar on A Bug's Life. Katzenberg made his own computer-animated insect movie partly out of spite for Disney CEO Michael Eisner.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Cutter, probably because he's voiced by Christopher Walken.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With A Bug's Life.
  • Faux Symbolism: It very well might be symbolic.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: It's rather odd to see Woody Allen and Sharon Stone play love interests when, only two years later, they would star in Picking Up The Pieces playing Husband and Wife where the Wife gets murdered by the Husband in the beginning of the film. It's also ironic considering Stone's feature film debut was in Stardust Memories as an actress on a train flirting with Allen.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm: For some people, casting Christopher Walken as Cutter.
    Cutter: "Strong. Colony. Sir. Colony... we can be proud of."
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: An odd case: whether Antz Extreme Racing was good or not, it was released three years after the film was released. The general consensus of the game was So Okay, It's Average.
  • Squick: In-universe, Z sees the ants drink aphid beer out of the anuses of live aphids this way. When Weaver drinks one, the aphid is squirming.
    • The whole plot of a worker ant falling in love with the colony's princess is meant to be heartwarming, and it is. However, it somewhat loses a lot of that and comes off as rather disturbing to some when you take into account of the fact that Woody Allen is old enough to be Sharon Stone's father. It's doubly squicky considering Allen has had controversial romantic relationships with women who are even younger than Stone is.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!:
    • John Lasseter felt double-crossed when he heard about this film being produced, considering he discussed the general idea of A Bug's Life with Jeffrey Katzenberg before he left under bad circumstances to form Dreamworks. The fact that Katzenberg then offered to stop production if Disney rescheduled the Pixar film away from his major film, The Prince of Egypt, ticked him off more as blackmail. The experience didn't help Lasseter's relationship with Disney boss Michael Eisner either: Eisner had ordered A Bug's Life to open the same day as The Prince of Egypt a la Don Bluth's old strategy and withheld a $90 million bonus in an attempt to bankrupt DreamWorks out of the gate, which was one of the reasons for Antz's creation. A federal judge ordered Disney to pay up the bonus and tripled it, foiling that plan.
    • It should be said though that apart from having talking insects and having ants as main characters, the two films are overall incredibly different movies. They have almost nothing in common. Even their Aesops are different; one is about finding individuality, and the other is about working together as a team.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The worker revolution that starts up once word begins to spread that Z went against the ant colony's system pretty much disappears completely after General Mandible's speech wins back the workers.
  • Too Cool to Live: Barbatus, one of the few few soldiers loyal to the Queen and bites the dust after finally being reduced to a head.
  • Ugly Cute: Cute, adorable... maggots.
  • Uncanny Valley: The antz themselves, due to their semi-realistic faces.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The movie may have a few bouts of slapstick and action, but dialogue-wise, this is a Woody Allen flick.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Whose idea was it to cast Walken as the sane and hyper-competent Cutter?
    • Despite the uncredited rewrites he did to suit his style, whose idea was it to make an animated Woody Allen film? With the swears edited out, this is a Woody Allen film for children.


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