Perform - Antz
"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
"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
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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