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  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Despite being the second American All-CGI Cartoon feature ever as well as Dreamworks’ first feature release, the heated tensions the movie caused between Dreamworks and Pixar is perhaps one of the biggest reasons why it is still remembered today.
  • 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, said aphid is squirming.
  • 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 soldiers loyal to the Queen and bites the dust after finally being reduced to a head.
  • Uncanny Valley: The ants themselves tend to suffer from this, due to their semi-realistic humanlike faces.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Many people, including DreamWorks, considered it a family film and it is marketed as such. While the film has a few bouts of slapstick and action, dialogue-wise, this is a Woody Allen flick, with mild swearing and very dark themes such as genocide and a dictator villain who is one of the most despicable in all of animation.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Christopher Walken as the sane and hyper-competent Cutter.
    • Despite the uncredited rewrites he did to suit his style, it can still feel weird to hear Woody Allen's voice coming out of an animated character. And while the film isn't for children, necessarily, the action-adventure plot is clearly meant more for audiences younger than the typical jaded adults who are used to the kind of banal, Slice of Life stories he's often associated with.


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