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The other ant movie (1 hr 24 min)

Age Recommendations

Watch With the Kids: 8+ Common Sense Media: 7+

Content Advisories

Rated PG for mild language and menacing action. Literal mention of eating “crap”, and drinking from an aphid’s anus. Even in a movie ostensibly for families, Allen makes reference to his character’s “erotic fantasies.” An ant is beaten in an interrogation. A female ant is physically violated offscreen. Ants are burnt to ashes with a magnifying glass. A wasp is killed by a fly swatter. A battle between ants and termites is extremely intense, and in the aftermath a scene lingers on a battleground strewn with hundreds of dead and dismembered insects. The princess is a little whiny and weak.

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06.28.14

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After the blockbuster success of Toy Story Pixar announced its followup film, about an ant who doesn’t quite fit into his colony. Not wanting to be left behind, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Dreamworks announced their first computer-animated feature, about an ant who doesn’t quite fit into his colony. Oh and Dreamworks was going to release their movie first. The rush may have cost Antz some quality in its animation and visuals, but the film scored by landing Woody Allen as its lead. The story and dialogue were shaped around Allen’s cinematic persona, going so far as to have Z (Allen) open the film talking to his psychiatrist about the meaning of life as an ant. The rest of the voice cast is kind of bananas—Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Lopez, Danny Glover—even if none of them have much interesting to do (not even Christopher Walken). But the constant string of jokes and asides from Allen help make Antz feel like the kind of silly comedy he stopped making two decades before. —Chris Ereneta

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