In an anthill with millions of inhabitants, Z 4195 is a worker ant. Feeling insignificant in a conformity system, he accidentally meets beautiful Princess Bala, who has a similar problem on the other end of the social scale. In order to meet her again, Z switches sides with his soldier friend Weaver – only to become a hero in the course of events. By this he unwillingly crosses the sinister plans of ambitious General Mandible (Bala’s fiancÃ©, by the way), who wants to divide the ant society into a superior, strong race (soldiers) and an inferior, to-be-eliminated race (the workers). But Z and Bala, both unaware of the dangerous situation, try to leave the oppressive system by heading for Insectopia, a place where food paves the streets. –IMDb
As with Batman & Robin and Wild Wild West - two other "sure fire" blockbusters of the 1990s - it's impossible to know just who the film was intended for. As entertaining as it is, the entire thing is ill-conceived; thrown together with no real thought as to what kind of audience might approach it. Even the casting of Woody Allen (and the appropriation of his neurotic, self-deprecating persona) seems reckless; as if for once a group of Hollywood filmmakers were free to indulge their most eccentric ideas without fear of executive interference. As such, it might be the only animated kid's movie that features smutty jokes, torture as interrogation, scenes of disturbing war atrocity and a communist subtext that is earnest in nature.
For some reason, I've always loved this film. Woody Allen brings his neurotic persona into the character of Z, and the story is incredibly dark and thought provoking for "kids film." I saw this for the first time when I entered into the school system at 5. It taught me a lot about individualism and thinking outside of the box. An incredibly overlooked movie.