Dreamworks-uary - Antz

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  • flukielukie  - Great video
    Enjoyed this film quite a bit when younger, I haven't watched it in years however.

    Great video, looking forward to the return of NC.
  • AVPGuyver21
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    I remember seeing Antz on VHS back in 1999. I never like it as much as I did with Bug's Life.
  • Krystle  - Yay Antz!
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    I loved Antz then and I still love it now. Awesome review! :)
    ps.... I hated a bug's life so if this was a rip off, Dreamworks did it better.
  • MattheJ1
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    Well, Bug's Life was a reinterpretation of the Seven Samurai, so it isn't for everyone.
  • Dwedit  - Deinterlace your videos.
    You should really deinterlace your videos before you include them in a review. Seeing the combing artifacts is very distracting.
  • thatchickwithlonghair
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    I didn't want to kill an ant for a LONG time after I saw this. :(
    It's a good film. I was in high school too and I remember me and my friends getting a kick out of the animated ants swearing. XD
    "I'M A PRINCESS, DAMMIT!"
    That was our favorite line!
  • Kelix
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    I was like 8 years old when I saw this and kind of a goody-two-shoes kid, so when I heard them swear and covered my ears and left the theater.
  • ReckoningReviewer
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    Awesome! I finally get to see you talk about Dreamworks movies! I wonder how you'll handle it with how many days we have in February. To me, I like this movie. It's better than Bug's Life, and I liked the animation for its time. Plus, Christopher Walkin always does prove entertaining just by his presence. I know it's him and I can't help but grin about it.
  • smjaiteh
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    Absolutely, unequivocally, unexcusably awesome. I absolutely loved the review. There are not enough words (I couldn't think up more than three) to describe how great these reviews are or how thankful I am for these.
  • Overlookers
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    very eager to see your full take on Dragon and Prince of Egypt.

    This overview will definitely be a bumpy ride as the majority of the DreamWorks catalog is a dry piece of shit, no more so than The Madagascar films that don't get even get an artistic pass.
  • Furrama
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    Technically, he's kinda already talked about Prince of Egypt. Go back in his catalog, he's got an Old Vs New of PoE and The Ten Commandments.

    Should tide you over anyway.

    I can't wait for El Dorado. Best traditionally animated facial expressions ever. Music was weird, (instrumentals were fine, Elton's voice doesn't match). But I love it for its many many inspired Tumblr pictures.
  • FishEyenoMiko
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    I agree that it's gonna be a bit of a slog; the Madagascar films, the Shrek Sequels, SHARK TALE...

    On the upside, I loved PoE, El Dorado and Kung Fu Panda were fun, and Dragon is one of my fave animated films ever. So hearing Doug's view on those films will be interesting.
  • GomJabber11
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    I wait in eager anticipation for the "Shark Tale" and "Chicken Run" reviews...
  • Furrama
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    I would have liked this more if Woody Allen hadn't been in it. He... he gets on my nerves.
  • JhorrorJunkie
    That was Dan Akroyd as the male wasp?!
    Thought that was John lithgow
  • AncientRelic  - Not just Dan but Jane too
    In a nod to SNL sketches of the past, Jane Curtain was the female wasp. Although Doug calling them bees was a bit of a nitpick. I did laugh my ass off thinking that they had wasps acting like well "WASP"s. (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) Think Akroyd's character from Trading Places :)
  • CJ-1
    Why did I always think "Shrek" was the first animated DreamWorks film?
  • fanime1
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    I liked this film when I was a kid but I liked Bug's Life more. But when we saw it for my sociology class in high school, that's when I realized how creative and adult it really was. So I appreciate more now than as a kid. :) Also, yeah, I never noticed how in Bug's Life, they were all about the same size, and here's it's more realistic. And believe it or not, I actually never noticed Christopher Walken's voice. I don't know why. I know that he talked funny, but it never connected to me that it was Walken. XD I'm horrible!
  • Danimaltl
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    Dude, next should totally be Miyazaki!
  • TheAngryAnimeAddict
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    JO already did a Miyazaki Month.... even though she really hasn't finished it.
  • slashmaster28
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    Yeah, she also hasn't finished her Digimon Tamers series yet. We're still waiting for the final conclusion to that one. How long has it been now?
  • Kirsten425  - February just became a lot more fun!
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    I know that I'm going to enjoy your reviews of the Dreamworks movies, Doug! And you brought the Critic back, so this month will definitely have me smiling and laughing.
  • venkarl
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    I vaguely remember seeing this when it came out. I kinda liked it, but it none of it really stuck with me. Actually, I can say the exact same thing about A Bug's Life, so I guess it doesn't really matter whose idea it was first. Anyway, I just like that you picked that dragon-riding song from How To Train Your Dragon as the theme song for this whole thing. I love that song. It's exactly what would be playing in my head if somehow I got to actually ride a dragon. But I'm jumping ahead. I look forward to seeing the rest of these!
  • King Jotun
    Really enjoyed this film, both when I was a child and now when I'm an adult. It's rather underrated in my opinion.

    But it would be interesting to compare and contrast Antz to A Bug's Life side by side in an old versus new scenario, if you will.
  • slashmaster28
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    This is satisfying after that fake-out you did with Monsters vs. Aliens. I still wanna know what you actually thought of that film.
  • oshunanat
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    I have to say that I'm way less familiar with the Dreamworks canon (aside from a few gems like How to Train Your Dragon) so I'm looking forward to these to see which ones might be worth checking out :)
  • albinotanuki
    I never realized that Lieutenant Cutter was Christopher Walken, but now that you've pointed that out, yeah, they should've given him a funny role.
  • Flaregun
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    Best not to think too much about the relations & relationships in Antz, as you pretty quickly come to the realization that *any* love interest Woody Allen would have in his colony would be with his sister.
  • CyborgPrince
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    I wonder if that had any influence on Woody Allen hooking up with the adopted daughter of his ex-wife Mia Farrow, whom he helped raise for a part of her life.
  • lamecasuelas
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    hehehe, i think Christopher Walken's character actually looks more lie Peter Cushing in Star Wars! damn! Walken is always weird.
    by the way i like this movie, the part when they go to war is great, it always reminds me to Aliens, and that scene with Z speaking to Danny Glover's head, yeah, that was kind of a ballsy movement in a kid's movie.........
    good!
  • Sousaphonist
    hmm...DreamWorks- uary...sounds good to me!
  • Firedrake368
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    I never really cared much for this movie, probably because I saw it in second grade after I had already seen Bug's Life a billion times. And the designs freaked me out XD I was pretty young.
  • Emperor_Z
    Let's see, I suppose I was eight or nine when I saw this movie for the first and only time, and all I really remember was it feeling kinda dark and unpleasant. It was a bit more grotesque and violent than I was really comfortable with at the time. I probably would have appreciated it more had I been a bit older. Maybe I'll give it a rewatch when I get a chance
  • AlucardsQuest
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    Dreamworks has a lot of ups and downs, they can make really great movies like How to Train Yuor Dragon, Megamind and Monsters Verses Aliens and most of the 2D stuff and their Aardman films, they can have good films like the Shrek and Kung Fu Panda movies... and then they have real clunkers like Shark Tale, the Madagascar trilogy and Over the Hedge. I suppose that's indicative of any studio, but for a while it was Pixar and everybody else... now everybody else is catching up with Pixar in regards to good stories.
  • Filmmassacre
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    How To Train Your Dragon is my all time favorite animated Dreamworks movie.
    I actually in Januray just ended my second animation month and a lot of the dreamworks aniamted where on there and some where pretty bad like Shark Tale, Bee Movie, Shrek 3 & 4, Madagascar 3 also i'm not that into kung fu panda but i like the sequel much more it was more entertaining and funny in my eyes
  • CyborgPrince
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    This movie isn't as memorable as A Bug's Life for me. I could remember what went on in that movie, but not this one.

    I do remember one scene where the ants are at the bar and they're drinking from this snail like creature. I remember the ant played by Woody Allen commenting on drinking from another bug's anus. I asked my sister what an anus was, as I was only about 8 when this movie came out and I was watching in in the theatre. She quickly replied 'bum', though I know now that it's the bumhole. I think that goes to show that Dreamworks' humor is a little more adult than that of Disney. Disney would certainly never have put in a comment of drinking from another bug's asshole. That's just not how they roll.

    The scenes do look very nice though. I'll have to check this film out again sometime.
  • Extreme-Madness  - re:CyborgPrince
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    These were plant lice. And the ants really grown plant lice because of their secretions.
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