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Antz

Year: 1998
Studio: Dreamworks
Director: Eric Darnell/Tom Johnson
Writer: Todd Alcott/Chris Weitz/Paul Weitz
Cast: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, Anne Banecroft, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Danny Glover, Jennifer Lopez, John Mahoney, Grant Shaud

The first volley of shots in the ensuing war between Disney and Dreamworks for supremacy of a new audience market - state of the art computer animation aimed at kids but which everyone knows parents love as well.

The almost incidental plot sees a worker ant (Allen) struggling with his identity (a joke in itself) going about the various duties of an ant's life who suddenly gets to prove himself by rescuing beautiful princess (Stone) and heading off deadly warfare cooked up at the hands of bigoted General (Hackman).

There are some classic lines capitalising on the personas of various stars, like Allen's character working with a new therapist to 'get in touch with his inner maggot. in fact the biggest selling point of the film is the snappy dialogue, and it's delivered by as varied a collection of talent as has even worked on the same film before. It's virtually without fault (apart from the requisite spoonful of Hollywood/Disney morals) from the plot to the jokes, and is thoroughly entertaining throughout.

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