October 14, 2011
Z is a worker ant that doesn't fit in. He longs for a life that strays from his monotonous routine. One night in a bar he dances with a female that turns out to be the princess. In order to see her again, he switches places with one of his friends that is a soldier. Little does Z know that he will be sent into battle and start the adventure of his life. Z struggles to get the princess, defeat the evil general, and find his own identity.
A triumph in animation from a studio other than Disney. This film is a treat to watch. The sights are truly unbelievable, a whole new world is opened up to us in this computer generated realm.
The movie is about a lowly worker ant named Z, and voiced by Woody Allen. Z is an ant full of problems who dreams of being something more than a worker. One day he finally gets his wish, as the princess decides to slum it up at the bar where she gets a chance dance with Z. When Z finds out who she is, he tries to find a way to see her again. He finds that way by switching places with his warrior friend, voiced by Sly Stallone. Little does he know he is on a suicide run against a bunch of termites. Well to skip ahead a bit, we find Z running for his life with the princess on his way to find Insectopia. Along the way they meet strange bugs and uncover a plot to kill the ant population. In the end Z proves that thinking outside the lines is a good thing and saves the day.
This movie is a triumph in entertainment, a cartoon for the kiddies with smart writing for the adults in the crowd. There is just the right mix of childish jokes and smart storytelling, that you can't help but like it.
Fine family entertainment, it has something for the whole family, and it's not Disney!
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 10/14/2011 07:32:00 AM
Labels: 1990s, 1998, Animation, Comedy, Dan Akroyd, Family, Movie Review, Reviews in Retrograde, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.