Antz script
Antz (1998)
Synopsis: Z the worker ant (Woody Allen) strives to reconcile his own individuality with the communal work-ethic of the ant colony. He falls in love with ant-Princess Bala (Sharon Stone), Z strives to make social inroads, and then must save the ant colony from the treacherous scheming of the evil General Mandible (Gene Hackman) that threaten to wipe out the entire worker population.

MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR

What do you see out there?

Z:

...Ants...

MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR

Right! Ants! Millions of creatures,

each with his assigned task, all

pulling together!

Down below, we see a group of ants carrying a boulder up an

incline. One worker ants slips, and the boulder rolls down,

crushing his leg. The other ants rush over -- it looks like

they're going to help their fallen comrade, but instead, they

climb right over him, and pick up the boulder, continuing

with their task.

MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR

You see? Being an ant is being able

to say, "Hey -- I'm meaningless,

you're meaningless."

Z:

But -- but I've always felt life was

about finding meaning...and then

sharing it with someone special,

someone you love.

The motivational counsellor puts his arm on Z's shoulder...he

seems to understand...

MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR

Z...you need help.

(looking at a clock)

Whoops! We're gonna have to stop

there. Your minute is up!

The counsellor ushers Z out of his seat and towards the door.

MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR

Now back to work! We've made real

progress! Remember -- let's be

best superorganism we can be!

INT. EARLY MEGA-TUNNEL - DAY

A gigantic tunnel, with the size and scale of the "Chunnel".

A banner strung overhead reads: "The Mega-Tunnel -- Tunneling

Our Way to a Bright Future!" Along the walls hang 50's work-

incentive style posters with messages like, "You asked for

it, you got it -- more work!" and "TWO MEALS A WEEK IS

ENOUGH!!!" Line after line of ants is working on the tunnel,

digging, passing clumps of dirt from ant to ant, everyone

synchronized.

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Paul John Weitz (born November 19, 1965) is an American film producer, screenwriter, playwright, actor, and film director. He is the older brother of filmmaker Chris Weitz. He is best known for his work with his brother, Chris Weitz, on the comedy films American Pie and About a Boy, for which the brothers, who co-directed, were nominated for an Oscar. more…

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