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once_RB
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disney_NP
:_:
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both_PDT
story_NN
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execution_NN
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mean_VB
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come_VB
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--_???
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computer-animated_JJ
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case_NN
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top_NN
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likable_JJ
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superior_JJ
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fact_NN
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world_NN
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scrutinize_VB
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._.
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it_PP
's_BEZ
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base_NN
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computer-animated_JJ
film_NN
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one_CD
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best_JJS
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this_RB
year_NN
:_:
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funny_JJ
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good_JJ
time_NN
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story_NN
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an_DT
ant_NN
named_VBN
flick_NN
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voice_NN
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foley_NP
)_)
;_;
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nice_JJ
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,_,
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troublemaker_NN
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offering_NN
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food_NN
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grasshoppers_NNS
._.
just_RB
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grasshoppers_NNS
come_VB
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flick_NN
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the_DT
offering_NN
,_,
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everything_PN
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the_DT
entire_JJ
colony_NN
:_:
the_DT
grasshopper_NN
's_POS
leader_NN
,_,
hopper_NN
(_(
kevin_NP
spacey_NP
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
enraged_VBD
,_,
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ants_NNS
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food_NN
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the_DT
end_NN
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summer_NN
,_,
or_CC
they're_???
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dead_JJ
._.
flick_NN
,_,
feeling_NN
responsible_JJ
for_IN
this_DT
,_,
sets_NNS
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to_IN
look_NN
for_IN
help_NN
--_???
he_PP
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the_DT
only_JJ
way_NN
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be_BE
rid_VB
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the_DT
grasshoppers_NNS
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to_TO
fight_VB
them_PP
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heads_NNS
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the_DT
city_NN
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the_DT
city_NN
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a_DT
house_NN
a_DT
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away_RB
)_)
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colorful_JJ
bunch_NN
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circus_NN
bugs_NNS
:_:
a_DT
ladybug_NN
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denis_NP
leary_NN
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who_WP
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spectacular_JJ
)_)
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a_DT
black_JJ
widow_NN
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bonnie_NN
hunt_NN
)_)
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a_DT
caterpillar_NN
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a_DT
butterfly_NN
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madeline_JJ
kahn_???
)_(
,_,
a_DT
rhinoceros_NP
beetle_NN
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michael_NP
mcshane_NP
)_)
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a_DT
stick_NN
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david_NP
hyde-pierce_NN
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hilarious_JJ
performance_NN
)_)
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actors_NNS
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they_PP
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return_VB
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the_DT
colony_NN
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find_VB
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an_DT
unusual_JJ
position_NN
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the_DT
most_DT
obvious_JJ
element_NN
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bug_NN
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life_NN
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the_DT
quality_NN
of_IN
animation_NN
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created_VBN
by_IN
pixar_???
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the_DT
same_DT
people_NN
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toy_NN
story_NN
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most_DT
amazing_JJ
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ever_RB
seen_VBN
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three-dimensional_JJ
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indistinguishable_JJ
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live_JJ
action_NN
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is_BEZ
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lush_JJ
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colorful_JJ
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full_JJ
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imagination_NN
:_:
the_DT
way_NN
the_DT
animators_NNS
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the_DT
things_NNS
all_PDT
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us_PP
see_VB
in_IN
our_PP$
daily_JJ
lives_NNS
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matches_NNS
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bottlecaps_RB
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tin_NN
cans_NNS
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etc_RB
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)_)
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make_VB
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active_JJ
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the_DT
bugs_NNS
'_"
world_NN
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innovative_JJ
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film_NN
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mercilessly_RB
exciting_JJ
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particularly_RB
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a_DT
superbly-staged_JJ
scene_NN
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our_PP$
heroes_NNS
'_"
escape_NN
from_IN
a_DT
bird_NN
(_(
a_DT
little_JJ
bird_NN
never_RB
seemed_VBD
so_RB
huge_JJ
and_CC
threatening_VBG
)_)
._.
but_CC
the_DT
makers_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
bug_NN
's_POS
life_NN
know_VB
where_CS
the_DT
importance_NN
lies_VBZ
:_:
story_NN
and_CC
characters_NNS
._.
flick_NN
,_,
with_IN
solid_JJ
voice_NN
work_NN
from_IN
foley_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
great_JJ
guy_NN
to_IN
lead_NN
the_DT
story_NN
._.
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the_DT
real_JJ
treat_NN
comes_VBZ
with_IN
the_DT
circus_NN
bugs_NNS
;_;
they're_???
such_DT
a_NN
likable_JJ
group_NN
of_IN
characters_NNS
--_???
the_DT
standouts_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
stick_NN
(_(
hyde-pierce_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
good_JJ
)_)
,_,
francis_NP
the_DT
ladybug_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
big_JJ
fat_JJ
caterpillar_NN
._.
all_PDT
of_IN
these_DT
bugs_NNS
have_HV
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
token_NN
personality_NN
,_,
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
the_DT
suspenseful_JJ
scenes_NNS
work_NN
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we_PP
care_VB
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the_DT
bugs_NNS
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
also_RB
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the_DT
tear-jerking_NN
scenes_NNS
from_IN
seeming_JJ
obligatory_NN
._.
in_IN
my_PP$
review_NN
of_IN
antz_???
,_,
i_NN
said_VBD
that_CS
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
clever_JJ
cop-out_NN
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it_PP
presents_VBZ
a_DT
bunch_NN
of_IN
little_DT
humans_NNS
reacting_VBG
to_IN
an_DT
ant-like_NN
existence_NN
._.
in_IN
concept_NN
,_,
a_DT
bug_NN
's_POS
life_NN
is_BEZ
basically_RB
the_DT
same_DT
movie_NN
,_,
except_CS
that_DT
i_PP
was_BEDZ
never_RB
given_VBN
enough_RB
time_NN
to_IN
find_VB
things_NNS
that_CS
i_PP
didn't_DOD
like_IN
about_IN
it_PP
._.
with_IN
such_DT
strong_JJ
work_NN
in_IN
both_PDT
animation_NN
and_CC
script_NN
,_,
a_DT
bug_NN
's_POS
life_NN
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
but_CC
a_DT
joy_NN
to_IN
sit_VB
through_IN
._.
it_PP
really_RB
is_BEZ
too_RB
bad_JJ
that_CS
it_PP
had_HVD
to_TO
come_VB
out_RP
so_RB
close_JJ
to_IN
that_DT
other_JJ
bug_NN
movie_NN
,_,
but_CC
a_DT
bug_NN
's_POS
life_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
good_JJ
that_CS
i'm_???
sure_JJ
it_NN
will_MD
find_VB
its_PP$
audience_NN
._.
after_IN
a_DT
slew_???
of_IN
endlessly_RB
violent_JJ
and_CC
cynical_JJ
movies_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
downright_VBN
refreshing_JJ
to_IN
sit_VB
through_IN
an_DT
innocent_JJ
picture_NN
like_IN
this_DT
and_CC
laugh_VB
without_IN
feeling_NN
guilty_JJ
._.
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