Educational value - 1/5 - Kids might learn all about the ant colony and how it intends to work everything out. Use of scientific words.
Positive Messages - 3/5 - Individualism and thinking of your self is mentioned. "Be your own ant" and "make your own choices" are heard repeatedly. Blindly following someone ants learn is fatal. Good teamwork, a strong working resolution on a point, and good attitudes are here.
Positive Role Models -3/5 - Z is smart and always admits his mistakes. The ant girls are feisty, brave, and smart. Princess Bala has a point on which way would be more safe or to figure out how to handle the time together to fix Z's mistakes. Z turns out to be an unlikely hero. The general is cruel, harmful, and has bizarre ideas against his colony (wait for the end).
Violence - 4/5 - Surprisingly a lot. Although it is cartoonish, and sometimes played for laughs, it is intense and extensive for a kids movie. Several thousands of animated extra ants are slaughtered by scary beetles that squirt a kind of acid out of their heads. An ant head is decapitated (later shown, and is a really liked character) that is alive for a few minutes. A bar fight is portrayed with numerous punching. A magnifying glass is reflected out of a beam of sunlight, and turns a few ants into ashes. The two main characters have to survive a person walking while both are stuck with gum on the kids shoe, water drops, and a bee imitates for being crushed by giant tennis shoes. The general creates a large waterfall to drown numerous numbers of ants. Two torture scenes are caught in a scene, one onscreen, and another on a female character. Combatants are stabbed, massacred, and stomped. A character falls off a cliff, though not too graphic.
Sexual Stuff - 1/5 - Mild innuendo (such as when Z tells Bala "You were becoming one of my most errotic fantasies") and a few others. Some kisses and mild suggestive dancing. Talk about ant probation (very little words to worry about though)
Language - 2/5 - Name-calling. "Twerp" "butt" "idiot" "maggot" and some potty swearing, such as "who the h-ll" "what the h-ll" "d--n" "tight-a*s" b---hin'" "a--" "an-s" and "cr-p". One insect eats insect poop.
Consumerism - 1/5 - In an insect land, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Kendar Motor Oil, and a Hershery bar is seen.
Drinking Drugs and Smoking - 1/5 - Talk about not getting drunk to much. In a bar, ants drink an alcoholic drink determined out of a bug.
Why I like this movie: The visuals were great and dazzling (especially the magnifying glass reflecting scene and the kid-walking-with-ants-holding-on scene). The vocal performances were stellar (especially Allen, Sharon, and Stallone). The story wasn't lackluster (even though it took a bit out of Picard a bugs life), it was actually surprisingly refreshing and funny. The violence overwhelmed the movie, so kids might feel a bit too intense watching this. That including a few minor innuendos and some swearing. The sophisticated humor may be lost with kids, but they'll still find other things to laugh at (especially adults). The characters expressions and look of fear or depression helped with the story. This movie should have tuned a bit more high on the kid/teen appeal though to be more entertained rather than bored plainly watching this. Anyway, pretty good movie.