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"Antz" brings together an all-star ensemble of voice talent, including Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, Jane Curtin, Danny Glover, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Lopez, John Mahoney, Paul Mazursky, Grant Shaud, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone and Christo

"Antz" brings together an all-star ensemble of voice talent, including Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, Jane Curtin, Danny Glover, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Lopez, John Mahoney, Paul Mazursky, Grant Shaud, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken.

"One of the most exciting things about 'Antz' is our cast," producer Brad Lewis states. "It's as if we imagined the perfect cast for our film, and those are the people we got."

Patty Wooton adds, "It was such a kick to work with these great talents; all of them brought their own personalities to their respective roles, and it was phenomenal to watch them bring the characters to life."

Though acting veterans, all of the stars are making their animated feature debuts in "Antz." Director Eric Darnell says, "The professionalism of all the actors really came through in the recording sessions. Unlike any of their other films, they weren't on a set or working opposite another actor; they were saying their lines with a reader feeding them cues. They really relied on our guidance, but it was amazing to see how quickly and how easily they were able to experiment and try things a different way.

The role of Z, the ant who longs to be an individual in a society ruled by conformity, was written for Woody Allen. Thrilled at the opportunity to work with the Oscar®-winning writer, director and actor, Darnell and Johnson appreciated his outlook as a fellow filmmaker as much as his talent as a performer.

Johnson notes, "Z is an ant who looks around and says, this is not for me.' He's uncomfortable with everything in the overly regimented world of the colony, and, of course, Woody Allen does uncomfortable really well. Also, as a director himself, Woody knows what it's like to be looking for a particular performance that meets the needs of the scene-especially in animation where we like to have a lot of options for a character. He was wonderful to work with."

"When we presented Woody with the part, he made it his own simply by the subtle way he rephrased lines and added words to them," says Darnell. He really invested himself in the recording sessions to ensure that his performance had the same energy, wit and sophistication that have made his fans so dedicated to him."

Z finds his inspiration to rebel against the caste system of the colony when he becomes smitten with the beautiful but spoiled Princess Baja, played by one of today's foremost leading ladies, Sharon Stone. The actress was attracted by the opportunity to tackle a different kind of role in a different kind of movie. wanted to do an animated picture," she says. The idea appealed to me to get away from my own given physicality and create a performance completely with my voice.

"Bala is a charming character," Stone continues. The confines of her royal world have reached an apex with her arranged marriage to a deranged general. She meets Z who is also trapped, but by his low position in the class system. Fate pushes them together, and together they believe in a greater, fairer world. Together they become heroes and break out of their pre-determined roles in society.

Darnell comments, "Bala is going to inherit her mother's throne.. which sounds great until you realize that, as an ant, inheriting the throne means taking over the j

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