Dreamworks (Brad Lewis, Aron Warner & Patty
USA 🇺🇸 1998
W: Todd Alcott, Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz
Mus: Harry Gregson-Williams & John
voices of: Woody Allen (Z), Sharon Stone (Princess Bala),
Sylvester Stallone (Cpl. Weaver), Gene Hackman (Gen. Mandible), Jennifer Lopez (Azteca), Christopher Walken (Col. Cutter)
Dreamworks opened their computer animated feature account with
this enjoyable story about a worker ant who falls in love with a princess and prevents a military coup by an overbearing general of the soldier ants.
The animation itself is excellent, following the good work
done in Toy Story, the birth of the computer animated feature film.
The story itself is incredibly similar to Pixar's A Bug's
Life, released the same year and some of the jokes would appeal to adults rather than children. The voice talents are all on song and the characters have stunning resemblance to their voice
actors. Good family fun.
Did You Know:
Christopher Walken's voicework was so excellent, that
Cutter's role was expanded. He was originally a faceless lackey to General Mandible, but Walken brought some unexpected depths to the character.
Award Wins & Nominations:
MILSTEAD MOVIE AWARDS:
Wins: 1 (Best Animated Film)
Nominations: 1 (Best Original Musical or Comedy
Nominations: 1 (Best Special Effects)
Golden Reel Awards (Best Sound Editing); OFTA (Best Voiceover
Performance, Best Family Actor)