Antz (1998) Movie Script

[ Man Narrating ] All my life,|I've lived and worked in the big city,
which, now that I think of it,|is kind of a problem,
since I always feel|uncomfortable around crowds.
I mean it.|I have this fear of enclosed spaces.
I-I-I-- Everything makes me|feel trapped all the time.
You know, I always tell myself there's|gotta be something better out there.
But maybe I--|maybe I think too much.
I-I-I think everything|must go back to the fact...
that I had a very anxious childhood.
You know, my mother|never had time for me.
When you're the middle child|in a family of 5 million,
you don't get any attention.
I mean,|how is it possible?
And-And I've always had these|abandonment issues which plague me.
My father was-was basically a drone,|like I've said.
And, you know, the guy flew away|when I was just a larva.
And my job, don't get me started on,|because it really annoys me.
I-I was not cut out to be a worker,|I'll tell you right now.
I-I-I feel|physically inadequate.
My whole life,|I've never been able to lift...
more than 10 times my own body weight.
And, when you get down to it, handling|dirt is, you know-- [ Shudders ]
is not my idea|of a rewarding career.
It's this whole gung ho,|super organism thing...
that-- that, you know, I can't get.
I try, but I don't get it.
I mean-- What is it? I'm supposed|to do everything for the colony.
And-And what about my needs?|What about me?
I've gotta believe there's someplace|out there that's better than this.
Otherwise, I would just curl up|in a larval position and weep.
[ Sighs ]
The whole system makes me feel...
[ Exhales ]|insignificant.
- You've made a real breakthrough.|- I have?
Yes, Z.|You are insignificant.
I am?
## [ Whistling ]
[ Man ]|Ground floor.
[ Babies Crying Softly ]
- [ Cries ]|- Uh, worker.
Ooh.|[ Giggles ]
- Uh-oh.|- Worker.
[ Cries ]
[ Man ]|Let's try it again.
Firm grip. Swing hard.|Back straight. Concentrate.
Follow through.
[ Grunts ]
Okay. I've got to keep|a positive attitude.
A good attitude, even though|I'm utterly insignificant.
I'm-I'm insignificant, um,|but with attitude.
- [ Coughs ]|- [ Woman ] Oh, sorry, Z.
- [ Chuckles ] I didn't see ya.|- Great, Azteca.
It's working already.|I'm so meaningless, I'm invisible.
- [ Grunts ]|- [ Laughs ]
Now, you're getting it.
After all, it's not about you.
It's about us-- the team.
It's about... this.
Uh, a giant hole|in the ground?
- Okay, people. Are we feeling good?|- [ All ] Yeah.
- Yeah.|- Great.
Now, R-1734 through Z-7829,|you guys are on wrecking ball.
- You got it.|- Swell.
- You got it.|- [ Man ] All right. Swing time.
- Let's get physical.|- I love this job.
Now, remember, Azteca,|"Be the ball."
That's the main thing.|Now, remember that.
You know, gotta be|one with the ball.
Would you cut it out already?
Jeez. I love my work.|And you, well--
You think too much.
Come on, Z. Help us build|a bigger, better colony.
And, for crying out loud,|try to be happy about it.
Sure, you know.|I mean, why-why--
How could I possibly be unhappy being|a piece of construction equipment?
- Okay, workers, remember.|- Here it comes.
- Be the ball.|- Oh!
[ Foreman ]|Let the energy flow through you.
Grin and bear it. This is--|This is for the colony. Oh.
- [ All Yelling ]|- Ow. This is--
This is just a lawsuit|waiting to happen.
- Hang on. Here we go.|- Faster. Harder.
Did I happen to mention|that heights make me nauseous?
- This is a ball.|- Hey.
- [ Yelling, Indistinct ]|- [ Gagging ]
- [ Azteca ] Oh, Z.|- Yes. Yes. I understand.
I dropped the ball.
[ Man ]|Workers. They're weak.
They lack discipline.|They lack commitment.
General, I know there's|been a glitch or two.
But everybody is working|full tilt as it is, and--
You can't help it,|it's your nature.
But in spite of your limitations,
you are going to finish|this tunnel on schedule.
Come hell or high water.
Anyone who falls behind is going to have|to explain themselves to Colonel Cutter.
And let me assure you, the colonel|is not as understanding as I am.
Four more days, Cutter.|Four more days.
Then we can bid final farewell|to their kind of incompetence.
Yes, sir.
A fresh start.
- Imagine it!|- A strong colony, sir.
A colony we can be proud of.
Yes, but we're not there yet.
Cutter, we just got word that|a termite army has mobilized against us.
Against us?
We'll have to send troops|deep into hostile territory...
to attack their colony.
Attack a termite colony, sir?
- That's suicide.|- Exactly.
- Do you have the list I asked for?|- Yes, General.
These are the units|loyal to the queen.
Hm. Then they're|the ones we'll be sending.
It's a shame.|There's some fine officers here.
Don't we need the queen's|approval to declare war?
Our very next stop, Cutter.
General, we've been at peace|with that colony for years.
- Why would they attack us?|- They want our land.
They're desperate|for more foraging territory.
Perhaps they think|we've grown soft or weak.
Why don't we dispatch an ambassador,|negotiate a new treaty?
- We don't need to send soldiers.|- Believe me.
Every ant in this colony|is so precious to me.
- [ Grunts ]|- That's why we must strike now.
We have the element of surprise.
If the termite shock troops|enter our colony, well--
Yes, General,|I know what they can do to us.
- Very well.|- You've made a wise decision.
In fact, you've insured|the future of this colony.
Hello, General.
Princess Bala.|What a nice surprise.
You look lovelier|each time I see you.
Thanks. I hope you're not|just here on business.
Oh, of course-- [ Chuckles ]|of course not.
Because, um,|it might be nice...
if we had a conversation once|before we get married.
You're absolutely right.
Cutter, schedule some private time|for me and Princess Bala.
Uh, in fact, sir, there is time|right now for a personal moment.
We're a few seconds|ahead of schedule.
Well, a few seconds isn't much,
but I guess if it's quality time--
So, how was your day?
- Anything interesting happen?|- We declared war.
Declared war?
Boy, talk about a rough day.
Sir, I hate to interrupt,|but time stands still for no ant.
Mom, could you remind me,|why am I marrying this guy?
Bala, do we have to argue|about this again?
We don't seem to have anything|in common. The guy's a stiff.
Yes, darling.|I know the general may be...
a little gruff|and somewhat overbearing at times,
but I know that he cares about you.
He's just not particularly good|at showing it.
But you should've seen how persistently|he asked for your hand in marriage.
But why me?
Because you're the one|who has to continue my work.
It's your place, dear.
- What if I don't like my place?|- Everyone has their place, Bala--
you, the soldiers, the workers.
Now, it's not all that bad|being princess, is it?
Would you prefer to be|carting around dirt all day?
Mother, don't be so dramatic.
At least, they seem to have|some fun every now and then.
- [ Man ] Two aphid beers.|- Why'd I have to be born a worker?
You soldiers get all the glory,|plus you get to go out in the world.
You meet interesting insects,|you get to kill them.
Yeah. But you get to spend|all day with those...
beautiful worker girls.
Weaver, they're career girls.|They're obsessed with digging.
[ Sighs ] I don't think I'm ever|gonna meet the right girl for me.
Who said a girl for you?|I was talking about a girl for me.
[ Chuckles ]|Don't you want your aphid beer?
Call me crazy, but--|[ Clears Throat ]
I have a thing about drinking from|the anus of another creature. Okay?
Suit yourself.
Ahhh.|Me, I'm cutting loose.
We got royal inspection coming up.
Inspection, meaning you're gonna|stand around like an idiot...
while a bunch of blue bloods|smirk at you.
I don't know how|you put up with it, Weaver.
Z, I've known you|for a long time. Right?
Definitely.|You were born two seconds after me.
Yeah. And ever since we were little,|I've been listening to you complain.
What are you bitching about?
In case you haven't noticed,|we ants are running the show.
We're the lords of the Earth.
Hey. Don't talk to me|about earth, okay?
'Cause I just spent all day|hauling it around.
[ Sighs ] There's just|gotta be a better place.
There is.|I've been there.
I'm sor-- I'm sorry.|Were you talking to me?
There is a better place--|Insectopia.
Oh, really.|Lunatic at 3:00.
You can't understand|till you go there and see it yourself.
You can be your own ant there.
The streets are paved with food.
Nobody telling you what to do.
No wars. No colony.
- I shoulda never left.|- [ Chuckles ] Oh, yeah. Fascinating.
We were on a long-range recon.|I got cut off from my unit.
Nothing like post-traumatic stress|disorder to make your day complete.
- Then I saw it-- Insectopia!|- Hey!
You head towards the monolith.
Ten clicks past the great canyons|to the land of red and white.
Hey, gramps.|You've had enough for one night.
Come on.|Before you get in trouble.
Head for the monolith.|Listen to me!
The monolith!
[ Chuckles ]|That guy's got a screw loose.
- Cross the lake!|- Insectopia. [ Scoffs ]
Wouldn't it be great|if it were that easy?
- [ Chuckles ] Yeah. Dream on, Z.|- Cross the lake.
Look for the land|of red and white.
Wow!|This is so... gritty.
Ten minutes and we're out of here.|Right? This place is off limits.
Just blame it on me.|Say it was all my idea.
- It is all your idea.|- Besides, no one's gonna recognize us.
Come on, girls.|What do you say?
Let's take a walk|on the wild side.
[ Man On Loud Speaker ]|Okay, everybody. 6:15. Time to dance.
- Time to cut a rug, Z.|- Oh, no. That's okay.
I'm gonna leave the rug|just the way it is, Weaver.
## [ Jazz, Slow ]
Step back, ladies.
I'm gonna ask one of these|workers to dance with me.
What a bunch of losers.
Mindless zombies capitulating|to an oppressive system.
- Hi. Want to dance?|- Absolutely.
Follow me.
So, how come I haven't seen you|around here before?
Oh, I don't get out much.
I, uh, I work over at the palace.
Oh, the palace, huh?|I bet those royals really live it up.
Course they're all a little--|you know-- from inbreeding.
Ya-Ya-- Yowch!|Yowch.
- Yowch.|- What on earth are you doing?
Well, actually, to tell you the truth,|I'm sort of making it up.
Why does everybody|have to dance the same way?
That's completely boring.|It's-- It's monotonous.
It's no fun.
## [ Orchestra:|Latin, Up-Tempo ]
Hey.|Watch your step, worker.
You watch yours, buddy,|or you'll be in big trouble.
Th-Th-That's okay. I'll--|I'm gonna let him off this time.
What? Are you crazy?|This guy's built like a pebble.
Aren't you even|gonna defend yourself?
Hey, buddy.|Get back in place.
- Me? Uh-- Uh--|- What if he doesn't want to?
[ Clears Throat ]|Yeah. What if I don't like my place?
- What's he talking about?|- We got us a troublemaker.
Buckle up, Spanky.
This one goes out|to all the lazy workers.
[ Grunts ]
You ought to watch that|aggressive behavior, buddy.
He's just a worker.|[ Muffled Talking ]
- [ Ants Shouting ]|- [ Chuckles ]
Princess Bala! Princess Bala!|The guards are coming.
- Let's get outta here.|- Wait.
[ Shouting, Indistinct ]
Princess?|You're a princess?
Uh, I gotta go.
- When can I see you again?|- Let me think. Never.
- Bye.|- No. Wait.
[ Grunts ]
[ Z ]|# What a day it has been #
# What a rare mood I'm in #
# Why, it's almost|like being in love #
- # There's a smile #|- Huh?
# On my face|for the whole insect race #
# Why, it's almost|like being in love ##
[ Whistle Blows ]
[ Talking, Indistinct ]
- Can I get you another one, pal?|- [ Sighs ] No, thanks.
- I think I'm gonna go.|- Yeah. I don't blame you.
It's always slow in here the night|before one of those royal reviews.
I guess the soldiers need their shut-eye|before they meet the queen.
- I don't blame ya.|- That's it!
You know, I was once--|See ya.
[ Snoring ]
I figured it out.|Weaver. Weaver.
What? What?
- [ Clears Throat ]|- I got a great idea.
You gotta switch places with me. Let me|go to the inspection instead of you.
- What time is it?|- Weaver. The royal family will be there.
This is the only way|I can see her.
- See who?|- Princess Bala.
Are you nuts?
You want me|to switch places with you?
Do you know how much trouble|you can get into...
for even talking about|impersonating a soldier?
You can get in trouble|just for listening...
to someone talking about|impersonating a soldier.
You have to help me.
If I can't see her again,|my life is not worth living.
Pl-Pl-Please, Weaver.|Please.
Switch jobs with me|just for a day.
Th-Think of all the things|that I've done for you.
Hm. I can't|think of any.
Okay. So, think of all the things|that I'm gonna do for you.
Would I meet|some worker girls?
Are you kidding?|They always go after the new guy.
It's like a sport for them.
And-And believe me,|they will definitely go...
- for an adorable little insect like you.|- Mmm.
Weaver, I--|I have to see her again.
Z, what kind of chance|do you have with a princess?
I mean, she probably|won't even remember you.
[ Sighs ] I-- I know it sounds nuts,|but I have to try.
Oh, boy.|[ Exhales ]
- ## [ March ]|- Princess, fancy meeting you here.
What do you say|we lose this crowd?
Oh, me? You know, I--|I wear many hats.
I guess you'd have to call me|a Renaissance ant.
[ Man ]|Eyes right!
- Beautiful! Just beautiful!|- Mm.
- The precision. The order.|- Oh.
Princess Bala! Princess Bala!|Hey. It's me.
Remember Z from the bar?
Princess Bala!|Princess Bala! Princess--
Bala, you must|encourage the troops.
Oh. She sees me.|Excuse me, guys. I-I-- Sorry.
I just got a better offer.|Could you excu--
Company halt!
Princess.|Princess Bala.
Quiet there!|Get back in rank.
- You new, kid?|- Oh, y-yes, but I'm getting out soon.
I got a trial membership.
Trial membership. [ Chuckles ]|That's a good one!
- Name's Barbatus.|- Z.
- Right face!|- Psst.
- [ Footsteps ]|- [ Whip Cracks ]
Sacrifice.|To some, it is just a word.
To others, it is a code.
- Jeez. I'm really bad at word games.|- [ Chuckles ]
A soldier knows that the life|of an individual ant doesn't matter.
What matters is the colony.
He's willing to live for the colony,|to fight for the colony,
to die for the colony.
- This guy's crazy.|- I hear ya.
At 0800 hours, we received word|that the termite enemy has mobilized.
We have no choice|but to launch a preemptive strike.
You are the queen's finest.
I know you will|all do you duty.
I am proud to send you into battle.
Into-- I'm sor-I'm sorry.|Into battle?
- Dismissed.|- [ Man ] Left face. Forward march.
You know, I think|there's been a terrible mistake.
You know, the truth is I just--|I just came for the speech.
Don't worry, kid.|I'll watch out for ya.
- Sound off.|- One!|- Two!
- Sound off.|- Three!|- Huh?
- Sound off.|- Five!
- Six!|- Seven!
- Eight!|- Nine!
- Ten!|- Eleven!
- Twelve!|- Thirteen!
# We ants go marching one by one|Hurrah, hurrah #
[ All ] # We slaughter termites|just for fun, hurrah, hurrah #
- So, these termites, they're-they-re--|- ## [ Continues, Indistinct ]
These guys aren't gonna put up much of a|fight? We're talking pushovers, right?
Not really, kid.|They're five times our size.
And they shoot acid|from their foreheads.
[ Gasps ]
- [ Grunts ]|- Hey. Keep it moving, shorty.
[ All ] # We ants go marching two by two|Hurrah, hurrah #
# We'll all be dead before we're through|Hurrah, hurrah #
- ## [ Humming ]|- Say, what exactly does our platoon do?
I mean, will we be serving beverages|or processing paperwork?
Our platoon has the best assignment--|first into battle.
# We ants go marching three by three,|hurrah, hurrah, hurrah, hurrah #
# We're off to face our destiny|Hurrah, hurrah #
Hey. Wait a minute. Let's not get--|We're being too hasty here.
These-- These guys|sound like bruisers.
Just how were you figuring|on beating them?
Superior numbers, kid. Overwhelm|their defenses and kill their queen.
Hey, fellas.|You're being a little extreme, I feel.
W-Why don't we try|and influence their political process...
with campaign contributions?
I like you, kid.|You got a sense of humor.
Come on.|Let's kick some termite butt.
Over the top!
- [ All Shouting, Indistinct ]|- Yeeow!
[ Shouting Stops ]
- Where is everyone?|- Something's not right.
Don't be scared, kid.
- [ Gasps ]|- [ Growls ]
[ Groans ]
Come on.
- [ Growls ]|- [ Yells ]
Barbatus, you saved my life.
Ah, don't get all sappy about it.
- Hey, guys. Look out behind you!|- [ Growls ]
Hey-- Hey, guys.
Can somebody help me here?|Can anybody-- Hey.
[ Grunting ]
Okay, mama.|[ Grunts ] Yeah.
Oh, yeah. Big guy coming through.|[ Grunts ]
I love it.
Hey. Hey. Hey.|Take it easy, muscles.
You're making|the rest of us look bad.
What happened to Z?
He's taking a personal day,|so I'm filling in.
You fill in any more,|and you'll explode.
Eh, you got a problem?
No, uh-- uh--
Nobody told me|digging was so much fun.
You know, you pick the dirt up.|You move it.
You pick it up again.|You move it again. Lots of reps.
You exercise the arms|and the thorax.
Yes, I--|I see what you mean.
- Um. Yeah. That is fascinating.|- Sorry, sir.
I was just having a chat|with my friend, sir.
You know, I just had a chat|with General Mandible.
Anybody who doesn't meet his quota|is going to be downsized.
Come on. Cut him a break.|He's new.
Hey. What do you say we help|your attitude a little bit...
by taking away|your rations for the day.
Thanks for your time.
I don't know what came over me.
Talking back like that.
I must be losing it.
Sorry I got you in trouble.
But, listen, you can...|share my rations. Whoa.
If you want.
- Are you asking me out to dinner?|- [ Chuckles ]
Oh, no. I--
Well, if you don't have|anything else planned.
[ Laughs ]|I'll check my calendar.
You know,
I'm kinda glad|Z's taking a breather.
Kid, over here.
Be honest, kid.|Am I hurt bad?
N-No. N-Not at all. You're--|Actually, you're looking terrific.
You got, you know,|swell color in your cheeks.
No.|I can see it in your eyes.
I'm a goner.
Help me up, Z.
[ Sniffs ]|I can't feel my legs.
You gotta hang in there, buddy.|I know you're gonna make it.
Just take-- take deep breaths.
Because I'm gonna try|and find your body.
It's bound to be|out there somewhere.
[ Coughs, Sighs ]
Barbatus, hang on.
- B-Barbatus.|- Don't make my mistake, kid.
Don't follow orders|your whole life.
Think for yourself.|[ Sighs ]
[ Cutter ] We're on schedule.|Work is completed on "A" section, sir.
We're clearing a path|through "D" section now.
We need to push harder, Cutter.|I want double shifts around-the-clock.
We can't afford to let up.|Is that clear?
- Crystal, sir.|- Good.
- What about section--|- Excuse me, sir.
This had better be important.
Well, it's about|the termite battle, sir.
The enemy was destroyed, but it was|a disaster for our troops, as well.
Well, that's terrible.|Terrible.
There is good news, sir.|One soldier did make it back.
- No kidding.|- What did you say?
Word is spreading|through the colony.
The queen requested a meeting|with the war hero.
Damn! Good.|Damn good.
Uh, I'll handle this.
[ Footsteps Approaching ]
- Congratulations, soldier.|- [ Clears Throat ]
[ Chuckles ] Well, you're a little short|for a war hero, aren't you?
A war hero? Sir, I-I don't|actually think that I'm a hero.
Good.|I don't like heroes.
- But, sir. You don't understand. I--|- [ Crowd Cheering ]
I-- I didn't do anything.
I mean, it was all horrible.|It was just a massacre.
A-A massacre upon a massacre.
That's good, soldier.|Now, wave.
There was nothing|you could do, Weaver.
You didn't know|they were going to war.
I just feel horrible.
Poor Z.|I should have never let him go.
Wait a minute.|That's no soldier. That's Z!
Z? The little guy made it!|[ Chuckles ]
[ Crowd Cheering ]
Let's go, soldier.
As I was saying, son,|you are an ant after my own heart.
An ant that looks death|in the face and laughs.
Well, actually, the truth is,
I-I generally just make|belittling comments...
and snicker behind death's back.|[ Chuckles ]
General Mandible.
Keep your comments to yourself.|Let me do the talking.
[ Yawns ]
May I present|Her Majesty the Queen.
Charmed. Charmed.
And the Royal Princess Bala.
[ Growls ]
Welcome home, soldier.
We cannot begin to express|our gratitude for your heroic efforts.
The private has asked me|to convey his most humble appreciation.
Please. Please.|It was nothing really.
Just your average|run-of-the-mill valor...
and extraordinary courageousness,|you know.
In the heat of battle,|there's very little time to think.
One must attack! Attack! Attack!|[ Chuckles ]
- [ Chuckles ] Well, indeed.|- [ Muffled Talking ]
As you can see, Your Highness, the|battlefield is still fresh in his mind.
So, begging your pardon, but this is|the perfect time to debrief the private.
Oh, please, General.|Not on our first date.
[ Chuckles ]|Not on our first date.
Haven't I seen you|somewhere before?
Well, maybe.|Then again, maybe not.
And then-- then again.
- Yowch.|- That's it! You're the guy from the bar.
- Don't-- Shh.|- Bar? What bar?
I danced with this guy at the bar|the other night.
He was just a worker then.
- What were you doing at a bar?|- Precisely what I want to know.
No. This isn't about me.
I mean, look at this worker.|Look what he's done.
I think you're thinking of someone else.|After all, I am a soldier.
Exactly.|You were a worker.
But now, you're a war hero.
- He's a worker?|- A worker danced with my fiancee?
F-Fiancee?|W-W-Wait a minute.
This is not how it looks.|I can explain this.
Hey. She was the one|making all the moves.
Arrest him.
H-Hey wait a minute. Take it easy.|Can't we discuss this?
What are you doing?|Let go of my daughter.
He's taking her hostage!
No. No. I'm not.|I mean, yes, I am.
One more step|and then the princess gets it.
[ Grunts ]|Let go of me!
Ow!|Don't make me hurt her.
[ Z Yelling ]
[ Both Screaming ]
[ Groans ]|Oh.
What are you doing, you creep?
Are you out of your puny little mind?
[ Man ] There they are down there!|Let's go. Move. Move. Move.
Oh, good.
Here they come|to rescue me and kill you.
- Hey, you guys.|- Stop it. Stop it.
- What are you trying to do?|- Get off me, you little twerp!
What do you want to do?|Throw away everything we've got?
What're you waiting for?
Hello. Guys.
- Huh?|- What is it?
It's beautiful.
Ridgeway, get out of there!
[ Both Grunting ]
[ Exhales ]|[ Sighs Softly ]
- Oh. Don't worry. I'm okay.|- You?
You're okay?|Hey. Who cares about you?
- I almost died here.|- Will you please calm down?
You're not gonna let a little near-death|experience ruin your mood, are you?
Hey. This is not a mood.|You're not listening to me.
Where am I?
Look, what's-your-name. Just climb up|that tree and find out where I am.
Look, t-the trick is not to panic.
You know, h-h-he w-who panics is lost.
What am I saying?|We are lost.
- [ Yells ]|- [ Gasps ]
[ Chuckles ]|Ow!
I've been kidnapped|by the village idiot.
Who's the bigger idiot,
the idiot or the idiot|who gets kidnapped by the idiot?
What'd you do,|talk those termites to death?
I can't believe you tried to|pass yourself off as a soldier.
Why are you stalking me?
Don't you realize|that I'm out of your league?
You're the one who was cruising the|worker bar looking for a little action.
And you just happened to find it--
the swarthy, earthy, sensual worker.
Please.|I was slumming it.
Don't you get it?
I chose you because you were the most|pathetic little bug in the joint.
I was gonna let you become part|of my most erotic fantasies.
But now, you can forget that.
Write it off, you know. I guess|what you prefer is Old Blood and Guts.
This guy's idea of a romantic night out|is two seats at a public execution.
Boy. You really chose|the right husband.
For your information,
the general and I are deeply,
deeply in-- engaged.
You come right back|down here this instant.
We are marching straight back|to the colony so that I--
[ Bala Continues, Indistinct ]
The monolith!
Absolutely. Wonderful.|That's an appealing offer.
But, considering the options,|you go back. Okay?
'Cause I'm going to Insectopia.
Oh. Come on. Insectopia?
You're crazier than I thought.
Yeah. Well, I happen to have it|on a very reliable source.
[ Clears Throat ]|Or-- Or should I say,
a drunk-raving source?
But the point is, I'm convinced|the place definitely exists.
Stop!|I order you to stop, worker!
Hey. I got a name.|Okay? It's Z.
And out here,|you can't order me around.
All right. Fine.|No problem.
[ Seething ]
- [ Crashing ]|- [ Screams ]
[ Gasps ] Worker! Worker!|Where are you?
Z? Z? Wait for me.
No more excuses, General.|I want my daughter back.
Frankly, I'm beginning to doubt|your ability to handle this.
Believe me, Your Highness, we will|spare no effort to bring her back.
Princess Bala is essential|to all our plans for the future.
So he kills himself|a hundred termites,
gets a few medals, then bada-bing,|bada-bip, bags himself the princess.
- [ Worker ]|He looks him dead in the eye--|- And says, "Bite me."
He said that|to General Mandible?
Buddy. Hey, hey, buddy.
You heard about|the war hero named Z?
Runs off with the princess, right?
When they sent the guards after him,|he just looks at 'em and boom!
- They burst into flames.|- Z? [ Chuckles ] You talking about Z?
Hey, I know the guy. He's a friend|of mine. I think your information--
- You know Z?|- Yeah.
He's a worker.|He used to dig around here.
A worker? That's impossible.|A worker can't do anything, except work.
Yeah. It's not like|we got a choice.
We do have a choice.|Uh, I mean, look at Z.
He decided he wanted something,|and he went for it.
He's not alone. I used to be a soldier,|and I switched places with him.
Wait a second. You're telling me...|I don't have to be here?
We've got a choice?
The authorities|don't want you to know,
but we don't have to work|on the tunnel anymore.
It's the workers who control|the means of production.
If Z don't dig, I don't dig.
[ Foreman ] People, what is this?|An encounter group?
- Let's get back to work.|- Why?
...on the tunnel anymore! This guy, Z--|he's leading the revolution!
- I'll... get back to you.|- [ All Chattering, Indistinct ]
Think about it, Z-- two ants.
Who ever heard of two ants?|Two million ants, maybe. But two?
Look, I'm hungry, I'm thirsty.
And this whole desert thing?
- It just doesn't work for me.|- Yada, yada, yada.
I think it's about time|for you to take me back.
Take yourself back.|[ Scoffs ]
Excuse me.|You kidnapped me, remember?
That means you have|certain responsibilities.
You can't just abandon me|here in the wilderness.
Yeah, well, it's better than|being back at the colony.
- You're not serious, are you?|- Maybe you were living the high life,
but personally,|this beats digging.
If you'd ever done a day's labor|you'd know what I was talking about.
Labor?|What do you know about labor?
How would you feel|if you were expected to give birth...
every ten seconds|for the rest of your life?
Ahh. All you think about|is yourself.
Yeah? Well, nobody else|ever thought about me.
So as far as I'm concerned,|I don't need anybody else.
- Uhh!|- [ Muffled ] Help! Help me, Bala!
Hold on. I'll get you out.|Hold on.
- Help, Ba--|- [ Grunting ]
[ Both Gasping ]
- Thanks.|- Don't mention it.
Now, maybe we can put|this fantasy behind us...
and head back to the colon--
Oh, Z!|What are you doing?
- We've gotta cross the lake.|- Am I missing something here?
Didn't we just get out of the water?
Bala, look,|what have you got to lose?
I mean, think about it. Do you really|want to be Mrs. Raving Lunatic?
There's a better place.
Z, please.
Just... give me one chance.
If we don't find Insectopia soon,
I promise|I'll take you back to the colony.
I hope you know|what you're doing.
Yeah, me too.
[ Ants Shouting, Indistinct ]
[ All Chanting ]|We want Z! We want Z!
People, come on.
I know some ants who aren't|gonna make their quota.
Buzz off, pawn of the oppressor.
[ Chanting Continues ]|We want Z! We want Z!
Sorry, sir. I came as soon as I heard.|I was debriefing the trackers.
- And? What's the report?|- Well, this Z, sir--
He's one slippery character.
They lost Bala's trail|at the edge of the lake.
The lake?
[ All ]|# All we are saying #
# Is give Z a chance ##
What's that soldier doing there?
It appears he's holding hands, sir...|with a worker.
I don't like the way|things are going, Cutter.
I'm counting on you for results.
- Now, can I depend on you or not?|- Yes, sir.
All right, then.|Let's wrap this up.
[ Chanting Continues ]|We want Z! We want Z! We want Z!
I've heard a lot about this Z.
I even had the pleasure|of meeting him once.
But where is he now?
Can anyone point him out?
I mean, if this Z|cares so much about us,
then why isn't he here?
I'll tell you why.|Because Z doesn't give a damn about us.
[ Ants Murmuring ]
That's why he kidnapped our princess.|That's why he ran away.
Z is no hero.|We are the heroes.
We are the ones ensuring|the future of our great colony.
And when we've completed|this magnificent structure,
we will reap the benefits:
more food and less work for everyone.
[ Murmurs Of Approval ]
And as further reward|for your heroic efforts,
each and every one of you|will get the day off,
[ Excited Murmurings ]
so you can be the guests of honor at|the Mega Tunnel dedication ceremonies!
[ All Cheering ]
Mandible! Mandible!
[ Ants Chanting ] Mandible!|Mandible! Mandible! Mandible!
[ Chanting Continues ]
Now bring me that soldier.
[ Yawns ]
[ Gasps ] Oh, my God!|Z! Come here!
It's Insectopia!
You were right.|It really is here.
- Huh?|- All right. All right!
- You're a genius.|- Let's eat. Mmph!
Huh.|[ Nervous Chuckle ]
[ Muttering ]
Well?|What's the problem?
- There's some kind of force field.|- [ Buzzing ]
Uh, excuse me. Excuse me.|How do you get in?
Yes, well, I'm afraid|this is a private function.
- Who are your friends, dear?|- Crawling insects, poopsie.
Oh.|The poor dears.
[ Slowly ]|Uh, good morning.
- Huh?|- Darling, really.
Greeting every insect|that emerges out of the grass?
Pardon me.|I guess you don't recognize me.
I've been traveling|and I'm all... schlumpy.
I'm Princess Bala.
Oh! It's even worse.|They're Eurotrash.
Darling, they're poor.|They're dirty. They're smelly.
We have to help them.
If you'll just wait right here,|we'll fetch you a little something.
Oh, please, Muffy.|Not another crusade.
Chippie, we have a social obligation|to the less fortunate.
I know you laugh at my hobbies,|but this is important to me!
Mm. You have such a big heart.
That's why you're|my little cuddly-widdles.
Oh, my big, strong pheromone factory.
- Mmm!|- Oh!
Oh, brother.|Suddenly I've lost my appetite.
- You know...|- [ Muffy ] Oh!
I guess I had|imagined Insectopia--
I don't know--|a little differently.
- Oh, Muffy!|- [ Gasps ]
- No! Oh, no! [ Crying ]|- Oh, no.
- [ Rumbling ]|- Look out!
Z, help me! Z!
Don't let me--|Don't let me go, Z.
Get me out of here!
Whoa, this is not good.
[ Bala Screaming ]
[ Both Screaming ]
[ Thudding ]
- Z?|- Yes?
It looks like this is it, just when...|I was starting to like you.
[ Both Screaming ]
Who the hell is that?
That's enough.
I ain't telling you nothing.
Soldier, the princess is vital|to the future of this colony.
She must be returned|to take her proper place as queen.
We already have a queen.
As for your friend Z,|why should I hurt him?
[ Chuckles ]|He's not important.
Now, soldier,
we all know that one individual ant|doesn't matter.
Not you...
- not Cutter...|- [ Door Opens ]
- [ Azteca Grunts ]|- Not even her.
Azteca!|[ Groaning ]
Don't tell that tight-ass|anything, Weaver! Aagh!
- [ Grunting ]|- Where is Z?
- I don't know where he is!|- Hmm.
That's too bad.
[ Azteca Groaning ]
Wait! Insectopia.
Uhh! I know it sounds crazy,|but that's where he'd be going.
Soldier, you think this is a game?|Insectopia does not exist.
As a matter of fact... it does.
- Sir?|- I'll brief you on the coordinates.
You're gonna bring|the princess back.
And as for Z... kill him.
But you said he didn't matter.
It's for the good of the colony.|You made the right decision.
Gentlemen, now you can see...
how dangerous individualism can be.
It makes us... vulnerable.
Let's go.
[ Door Slams ]
Take him back to the Mega Tunnel.|Put him on the front line.
[ Sighs ] Jeez, what was I thinking?|I almost got you killed.
Z, you know, you really|shouldn't be so hard on--
[ Straining ] That's it.|I'm taking you back to the colony.
- Uhh! Ow! Oh.|- Uhh!
Insectopia.|You know, I must've been crazy.
- Z?|- But you know what?
- I can admit it when I'm wrong.|- Z.
And this time, I gotta tell ya,|I was absolutely, 100 %...
Have-- Have you ever seen|anything more beautiful in your life?
- It's... Insect--|- Shh! Don't jinx it. Come on!
# I can see clearly now|The rain is gone #
[ Burps ]
# I can see all obstacles|in my way #
# Gone are the dark clouds|that had me blind #
- [ Ladybug ] Pardon us.|- # It's gonna be a bright #
- # Bright, bright #|- # Bright sunshiny day #
- [ Insects Squealing ]|- # It's gonna be a bright #
- # Bright, bright #|- # Bright sunshiny day #
# Look all around|Nothing but blue skies #
# Look straight ahead|Nothing but #
# Blue skies #
# Whoa #
# I can see clearly now|The rain is gone #
[ Buzzing ]
# I can see all obstacles|in my way ##
All right, everybody.|I want all teams in place,
fully prepared,|ready to seal the doors here and here.
Make certain the digging crew|stays on schedule...
for breakthrough midway|in the dedication ceremony.
Now all we need is the princess.
[ Sniffing ]|Mm.
- This stuff tastes like crap.|- Really? Let me try some.
Hey, it is crap.|Not bad.
- Somebody needs to feed that fire.|- Dude, I did it last time.
I'm not gonna get it.|It's not my job.
What about the new guy?|He hasn't contributed yet.
And... [ Sighs ] you know,|he just died in my arms like that.
I-- You know, I don't think|he ever once in his life...
made his own choice.
I never knew it was like that.
I mean, up in the palace--
Well, I guess we just let the general|make all the decisions.
Let me ask you something. What|made you come to the bar that night?
I guess I was looking|for a little trouble.
Well, [ Chuckles ]|trouble's my middle name.
Actually, my middle name|is Marion, but, uh,
- I don't want you to spread that around.|- You're pretty strange.
- You do know that, don't you?|- Well, [ Clears Throat ]
strange's not exactly|the word I would use.
I like it.|You're not like anyone else.
Actually, now that you mention it,|there is a certain strangeness to me.
I mean, it's a, you know, kind of a|bizarre quality. Some have said "freak."
But it's, uh,|you know, complimentary.
Hey, new guy.|We need more wood.
I'll be right back.|Just hold that thought--
whatever it is|you were thinking.
Hey, you ever wonder why|they call you guys "pests"?
[ Mosquito ] What if, like,|we're just these tiny little things...
and we're just, like, part of|this whole other huge universe...
that's, like, so big|we don't even know it exists?
[ Ladybug Chuckles ]|Man, that is so deep.
Perfect. Nothing like|a little manual labor...
on the most romantic night|of my life.
[ Buzzing ]
Hi. I was in the neighborhood|and I thought I'd drop in.
This is, uh, very bohemian.
Aloha, dude. Welcome to Insec--|[ Groans ]
[ Insects Gasp ]
Sorry for interrupting.
You see, our princess has,|uh, gone missing,
and we're just sick about it.
She's about yea tall,|fairly easy on the eyes.
- Anybody seen her?|- That's her.
Don't worry, Princess,|you'll be back home soon.
Listen, Cutter, I'm--|I'm not going back.
[ Sighs ] The thing is, Princess,|I got orders.
Orders? Can't you just once|think for yourself?
Well, that was very impressive.|Where's Z?
- Z? He's, uh--|- Dead.
Z's dead.|You don't need to worry about him.
Z's dead.|Well, he was an ant with ideas.
Too bad for him.
Princess, your colony needs you.
- [ Grunting ]|- [ Bala ] Cutter!
- Stop right now! Let go of me!|- Bala!
Stop, you--|Oh, no.
[ Muttering ]|What am I gonna do?
All right, look.|Let's be rational about this.
You know, Bala and I,|you know, she's a princess...
and I'm a--|I'm a soil-relocation engineer.
So wha-- You're no--|Whew!
On the other hand, uh...|I've gotta go back for her.
[ Chippie ]|I'll-I'll give you a lift.
S-S-S-- Whoa!|Ohh!
It's the least I can do.
Besides, it's what my waddly-kiddles|would want.
[ Sniffling, Sobbing ]
Uh, look, [ Clears Throat ]|how about a cup of joe first?
- Well, old boy... saddle up.|- I think I saw|a puddle of coffee over there.
It-- Whoa!
[ Both Groaning ]
[ Z ]|Look out!
[ Bala Grunting ]
Ah, Princess.
- You're just in time.|- Take your hands off me.
General, what exactly|is going on here?
- I demand an explanation.|- I'll explain everything afterwards.
- Is the southeast entrance secure?|- Yes, sir.
Not afterwards. Now.
I don't like the way you think and I|don't like the way you run this colony.
And I don't like you.|The wedding is off.
- Things are going to change around here.|- You're right, Princess.
Things are going to change.|Why don't we make her more comfortable?
- [ Gasps ]|- She'll be here for a while.
What do you think you're doing?|My mother will have your head.
I doubt that. [ Chuckles ]|Ah, you've got a fighter spirit, Bala.
And that's just what we need|to start our new colony.
We will rinse away|all the filth from our gutters.
We'll start anew,|with you by my side as my queen.
You're crazy.
I believe history|will see things differently.
All right, gentlemen.|Time to take your positions.
Someday--|Someday you'll thank me.
[ Both Moaning ]
[ Z ] Pull up! Pull up!|Aah! There it is!
[ Muttering, Hiccupping ]
Oof! [ Coughs ]|Oh!
Well, then, go get|the woman you love, Z.
So long, Chip. And thanks.
You there.|Where do you think you're going?
Me? Oh, no, I was just--|You know, I--
You're not supposed|to be out here.
All workers are to report to|the tunnel-opening ceremonies.
Yes, yes, of course.|The-The tunnel-opening ceremonies.
I-- Well, I should get going, then.|I-- [ Clears Throat ]
- You know, the-the--|- [ Soldier ] Hey!
I'm going to the-- [ Clears Throat ]|the tunnel-opening ceremonies.
- I'd... better get going.|- Get moving.
I'm going to the--|the tunnel-opening ceremonies. I--
Excuse me, please. [ Chuckles ]|Tunnel-opening ceremonies.
- Hey, worker!|- Opening the tunnel. They need me.
- I'm the key man.|- Where do you think you're going?
Tunnel-opening ceremonies.
- [ Crashing Sound ]|- [ Bala ] Hey! Let me outta here!
- [ Bala Continues, Indistinct ]|- Gosh, this-this day just keeps|getting better and better.
- I mean big trouble!|- [ Crashing ]
Are you listening to me out there?|I'm the princess!
Damn it!
Wow, your manners|haven't improved much.
[ Gasps ]|Whoa! Whoa!
- [ Gasps ] Ooh!|- It's you. You came back for me.
Well, yeah, I came back for you.|I have strong feelings for you.
Let's face it, you're-- you're--|[ Clears Throat ] you're beautiful. I--
A little combative at times,|but I think we can work on that.
You talk too much.
Gee, I think I'm about to become|the strong, silent type.
Come on. The city's deserted.|We'd better get outta here.
Z... [ Sighs ]|we can't go.
Mandible's insane.|He-- He keeps talking about...
washing away the filth|and-and changing history and--
and I think he's going to try|to kill my mother.
Not just your mother-- everyone.
- What's going on?|- Look.
Here we are, safe in the city.
But they're gonna seal|everybody off in the Mega Tunnel.
And... here's the lake.
You're right.
We can't leave now.
Come on.|We gotta get down there.
Today is the realization of a dream.
A dream of a proud colony.
A pure colony.|A colony reborn.
[ Ants Cheering ]
Moments from now|this tunnel will open.
The past will be washed away|and a new day will dawn.
[ Cheering Continues ]
A stirring speech, General.
I only wish my daughter|were here to appreciate it.
Your Majesty, I know|how concerned you are about Bala.
But my scouts are on her trail|and it's only a matter of time--
General, I don't want to discuss it.|Just find her.
I will, Your Highness.
[ Soldiers Chattering, Indistinct ]
[ Ants Chattering, Indistinct ]
Seal up the doors.
- Cutter, did you hear me?|- Sir, I've been thinking.
Do we need to go through with this?|Look at what these workers have done.
They got the right stuff.|Isn't there any other way?
Cutter, you're a fine officer.|You have discipline, courage, ability.
But you seem to have a weakness for|the lower orders that I find disturbing.
- Now, are you with me?|- Sir, uh... I apologize.
- All right, then. Seal it up.|- Yes, sir.
[ All Grunting ]
[ Queen ] As I look out|on this magnificent tunnel,
I am filled with pride.
- [ Z ] Jump!|- In these difficult times,
it is a great solace to know|that you, our workers--
- [ Queen Continues, Indistinct ]|- Mom! Wait!
Every worker in the colony is here.|Wait a minute. That guy owes me money.
This tremendous accomplishment|is a testimony to the strength--
- [ Foreman ] Put your backs into it!|- Go warn your mother.
- I gotta get to those diggers|before they break through.|- There's not enough time.
Hey, leave the pessimism to me, okay?
- [ Queen Continues, Indistinct ]|- Ow! Ooh! Yeeow!
Excuse me! Sorry about that.|Excuse me.
In a few moments when our expert diggers|break through to the surface,
- Mom! Mom, stop.|- the sun will pour into this--
Bala! Where've you been?|Are you all right?
- I'm fine.|- [ Sighs ] What happened?
Mother,|we're in terrible danger.
[ Panting ]
[ Sighs ]
Put your backs into it, people.
Wait! Hold--|Hey, stop digging!
- Z? Is that you?|- We must stop!
- Z! You're back!|- [ Crunching ]
- Oh, Z! Oh.|- [ Gasping ] Weaver!
Z! What's the matter?
Ho-Hold up, everyone.|Stop. Stop digging.
- On whose authority?|- On your own authority.
If you break through that wall,|we're all gonna--
Drown.|This tunnel is going to flood.
So we've got to get|everyone out of here.
[ All Murmuring ]
Look, I got orders,|and those orders say "dig."
What if someone ordered you|to jump off a bridge?
Oh, brother, I'm asking the wrong guy.|Look, think for yourselves!
Give me that!|I've had enough out of you.
Get back to work.
What's that noise?
- [ Weaver ] Let's get outta here!|- Run!
[ All Screaming ]
[ Weaver ]|Run! Keep going!
Everyone, listen to me.|We've all been deceived.
We need to calmly|head toward the exits.
- Run for your lives! It's gonna flood!|- No. Don't panic.
- Don't panic!|- Every ant for himself!
[ Gasps ]
[ All Screaming ]
- All the exits are blocked!|- We're trapped!
- What are we going to do?|- There's nothing we can do!
Yes, there is.|Weaver, give me a leg up.
Everyone, listen to me!
- Who the heck are you?|- He's Z!
[ All Murmuring ]
Listen, we gotta help each other|get outta here before we all drown.
- [ Man ] How?|- By making a ladder.
A ladder!
Hey, if we built this,|we can do anything.
- Okay, let's move it!|- I'm on it. All of you, gather round.
You, start climbing.
- Grab my arm.|- All right. Here I go.|- Come on.
- Go, go, go!|- Right!
- Excuse me, Your Majesty.|- [ Grunting ]
Z, I've gotta help my Mom.
Don't worry. I know almost|exactly what I'm doing.
I'll see you at the top.
Gentlemen, there comes a time...
in the evolution|of a perfect colony...
when the strong are meant|to rise above the weak.
Now is that time.
Below us right now,
the weak elements|of the colony...
are being washed away.
- [ Straining ]|- Oh, my God, we're not gonna make it!
- We need more ants.|- You two better get up there.
Weaver, you can't hold it alone.
Get going.
Hang in there, buddy.
[ Kissing Sound ]
- Got it!|- Hurry up! Go, go, go, go!
[ Gasps ]
Our princess is secured,|and our glorious future is at hand.
We can all stand proud.
It is time for a new beginning.
- [ Soldiers Gasp ]|- What the hell is that?
I think that's|the weak element, sir.
- Give me-- Give me a hand!|- Z! You?
Let go! Don't you understand?|It's for the good of the colony.
Wha-What are you saying?|We are the colony!
[ Soldiers Gasping ]
Cutter... what are you doing?
Something I should've done|a long time ago.
This is for the good|of the colony, sir.
You useless, ungrateful maggot!
- I am the colony!|- [ Gasps ] Look out!
Oof! Aa-aah!
Men, let's move it!|Get these ants up here.
- [ Azteca ] Keep it moving.|- Thank goodness we made it.
Wait here.
- Uhh! Okay.|- Thank you.
Where's Z?
- Oh, no.|- [ Weaver ] Back up, everybody, back up!
- Give him some air. Back up.|- Z, oh, Z.
Please wake up.
Oh, no!|[ Sobs ]
Huh!|[ Coughing ]
[ All Cheering ]
You know, Weaver,|you still owe me that dinner.
- [ Kissing Sound ]|- Babylove.
- We made it, Z!|- You da ant!
- Eh!|- You did it.
We did it.
- Oh!|- Fellas! Fellas, please!
- This is very embarrassing for me, I--|- [ Laughing ]
On the other hand,|I probably could get used to this.
[ Z Narrating ] There you have it.|Your average "boy meets girl,
boy likes girl, boy changes|underlying social order`` story.
So, what else can I tell you?
We rebuilt the colony.|It's even better than before.
You know, 'cause now it has|a very large indoor swimming pool.
Bala and I, incidentally,|are thinking of starting a family,
you know, just a few kids--|maybe a million or two to begin with.
And I'm working with a new therapist,|you know, terrific, absolutely terrific.
He's been putting me|in touch with my inner maggot,
which is helping me a great deal.
And, you know, I finally|feel like I've found my place.
And you know what?|It's right back where I started.
But the difference is,|this time I chose it.
# Just what makes|that little old ant #
# Think he'll move|that rubber-tree plant #
# Anyone knows an ant can't|move a rubber-tree plant #
# But he's got high hopes #
# He's got high hopes #
# He's got high apple pie|in the sky hopes #
# So anytime you're getting low #
# 'Stead of letting go|just remember that ant #
# Oops, there goes another|rubber-tree plant #
# Oops, there goes another|rubber-tree plant #
# Oops, there goes another|rubber-tree plant #
# Once there was a silly old ram #
# Thought he'd punch a hole in a dam #
# No one could make that ram scram #
# He kept butting that dam #
# 'Cause he had high hopes #
# He had high hopes #
# He had high apple pie|in the sky hopes #
# So anytime you're feeling bad|'stead of feeling sad #
# Just remember that ram #
# Oops, there goes|a billion-kilowatt dam #
# Oops, there goes|a billion-kilowatt dam #
# Oops, there goes|a billion-kilowatt dam #
# So keep your high hopes #
# Keep your high hopes #
# Keep those high apple pie|in the sky hopes #
# A problem's just a toy balloon #
# They'll be bursting soon|They're just bound to go pop #
# Oops, there goes another problem|Ker-plop #
# Oops, there goes another problem|Ker-plop #
# Oops, there goes another problem|Ker-plop #