Saturday, 5 February 2011

Existential animation

An existential animated movie about insects, featuring neurosis, anxiety,psychiatry, loss of identity, power struggles, love and death, has a remarkable cast of actors giving of their vocal talents. Here's the info:

Woody Allen as Z, a meek but individualistic worker ant and the main protagonist.
Sharon Stone as Princess Bala, the daughter of the Queen Ant and the deuteragonist.
Gene Hackman as General Mandible, the leader of the soldier ants and the main antagonist.
Sylvester Stallone as Weaver, a soldier ant and Z's best friend.
Jennifer Lopez as Azteca, a worker ant and Weaver's lover.
Christopher Walken as Colonel Cutter, Mandible's second-in-command.
Anne Bancroft as The Queen Ant, Princess Bala's mother
Dan Aykroyd as Chip The Wasp
John Mahoney as Head of the Workers
Grant Shaud as The Foreman
Danny Glover as Barbatus, a soldier ant who befriends Z.

In the modern animation world we take for granted the excellence of the animation, but the range of vocal talent allied to a outwardly simple story with underlying complexity is usually the clincher. In Antz the actors play the part of insects as if they were real people. That’s what elevates Antz above the long grass in which others scamper.

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