The Ant Bully

Release Date: July 28, 2006
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Didn't we already do ant movies?

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86/159 David Mumpower I am assured this is not an inferior re-make of either Antz or A Bug's Life, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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This CGI-animated film is based on the illustrated children's book by John Nickle, and like Antz and A Bug's Life before it, takes place in the whimsical world of bugs. The movie is directed by John A. Davis, who previously created a surprise success in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and features a stellar voice cast. Such names as Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti and Lily Tomlin will be featured.

The story starts out showing us a young boy named Lucas, who wears a doofy propeller cap and nerdy glasses. Since he's a bit of an oddball, he naturally is the victim of a bully named Sid. When Sid blasts Lucas with a water hose, Lucas has his revenge by doing the same thing to a colony of ants. As it happens, these ants are vengeful, and use a magical potion to reduce him to their size.

Once Lucas arrives in the colony, he is sentenced to hard labor. Eventually, he is given the difficult test of bringing the queen a red Swell Jell candy from his home. Lucas will have to partner with some other ants and protect them from the flyswatter of his own father as they make the journey. Naturally, our young hero learns the value of empathy and friendship in the process. And the evil bully Sid probably gets his comeuppance in the end. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Ant Bully
Main Cast Zach Tyler Eisen, Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts
Supporting Cast Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, Lily Tomlin, Cheri Oteri, Alan Cumming, Regina King, Ricardo Montalban
Director John A. Davis
Screenwriter John A. Davis
Distributor Warner Bros.
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Screen Count 3,050
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