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.

Z (O.S.)

(over a dark screen)

All my life, I've lived and worked in

the big city...

We see:

EXT. AN ANT MOUND - DAY

The camera swoops towards the entrance, then dives inside,

past a couple of tough-looking soldier ants who stand at the

gates of the ant colony like insect bouncers...into an access

tunnel that snakes this way and that, past a row of ants

plodding along...

...and into the MAIN CHAMBER of the colony, a huge, teeming

vista that seems to stretch away forever, filled with ants

rushing here and there on their business. We see -- a

"traffic cop" directing foot traffic, waving his arms like

crazy so both sides move at once -- a column of soldier ants

marching along in formation -- a chain of ants letting down

a matchbox elevator filled with workers.

Z (V.O.)

...which is kind of a problem, since

I've always felt uncomfortably in

crowds.

INT. MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR'S OFFICE - DAY

We join Z, a worker ant with issues. He's lying on a couch,

recounting his woes.

Z:

I feel...isolated. Different. I've

got abandonment issues. My father

flew away when I was just a larva.

My mother didn't have much time for

me...when you have five million

siblings, it's difficult to get

attention.

(pause)

I feel physically inadequate -- I've

never been able to lift more than ten

times my own weight. Sometimes I

think I'm just not cut out to be a

worker. But I don't have any other

options. I was assigned to trade

school when I was just a grub. The

whole system just...makes me

feel...insignificant.

MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR

(enthusiastic)

Terrific! You should feel

insignificant!

For the first time, we see the ant MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR.

He's a mixture of Tony Robbins and Ron Popiel (the

hyperactive late-night TV huckster, and founder of "Ronco").

Z:

...I should?

MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR

(hopping around

enthusiastically)

YES!!! You know, people ask me,

"Doctor, why are you always happy?"

And I tell them it's mind over

matter. I don't mind that I don't

matter! Do you get it? Do you get

it?

Z gives a fake smile.

MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR

(incredibly "up")

Z, we're part of the fastest growing

species in the whole world!

The counsellor rolls down a chart from the wall. An arrow

shows ant population going up, up, up.

MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR

Ask me why we're so successful.

Z:

Why are we so successful?

MOTIVATIONAL COUNSELLOR

I'm glad you asked me that question!

The motivational counsellor opens some blinds...and we see a

vista of the ant-filled chamber below.

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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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