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The Ant Bully (2006)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  28 July 2006 (USA)
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After Lucas Nickle floods an ant colony with his watergun, he's magically shrunken down to insect size and sentenced to hard labor in the ruins.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hova (voice)
Zoc (voice)
Queen (voice)
Stan Beals (voice)
Lucas Nickle (voice) (as Zach Tyler Eisen)
Kreela (voice)
Fugax (voice)
Mommo (voice)
Doreen Nickle (voice)
Fred Nickle (voice)
Tiffany Nickle (voice)
Head of Council (voice)
Mullet Boy (voice)
Steve (voice)
Nicky (voice)


This is the story of a ten-year-old boy named Lucas Nickle, who has just moved to a new neighborhood, has no friends, and is the target for the local bully and his gang. His parents are leaving for a honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, so they are too busy to attend to his problems. His sister is distracted by her cellular phone, and the grandmother is obsessed with UFOs and aliens. Lucas is constantly being beat up by the obese yet intimidating neighborhood bully. Because he cannot fight back, he takes out his anger on an anthill in his front yard; He kicks it, stomps it, squirts it with his water gun, and floods it with a hose. This terrifies the ants, who call Lucas the Destroyer. One wizard ant, known as Zoc being a hopeful and adventurous type, is trying to solve this dilemma. He tries to devise a magic potion that he believes will solve all their problems. As the plan to shrink Lucas down to their size with a magic potion and forcing him to live like an ant within the colony--an ... Written by Anthony Pereyra <>

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An epic battle of tiny proportions! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild rude humor and action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras de Lucas  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,432,465 (USA) (28 July 2006)


$28,133,159 (USA) (10 November 2006)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(IMAX version)| | |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The part of Mommo, Lucas' grandmother, was originally voiced by Shirley MacLaine. During production, the part was recast with Lily Tomlin in the role, and some Mommo shots had to be re-animated once Mommo's dialogue was re-recorded. Similarly, some of the shots with Fugax had to re-animated when Alan Cumming was replaced with Bruce Campbell. See more »


A glow worm was inside the frog with the beetle and the fly. A glow worm is not like a worm; but rather a species of a beetle. See more »


Hova: [entering Lucas' house] Do all of your guests pass under this door?
Lucas Nickle: Well, actually, you guys are the first friends I've had over.
Hova: We are the first ones? Kreela! We're the first ones to pass under the door!
Kreela: Great...
Fugax: And to think, all of this is made from your own POOP!
Fugax: Nice...
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Crazy Credits

The end credit is in "Chamber of the Ages" style (seen in the movie). See more »


References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


The Ants Go Marching
Performed by The Ant Buddies
Traditional Arranged by Ralph Sall
Produced by Ralph Sall
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It's a Fun movie for the whole family.
9 October 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. I would recommend this film for the whole family. The message was simple and straightforward. It is your basic good vs. evil. I had really good laughs, enjoyed being there. The audience seemed to enjoy this movie very much. There was a lot of laughter and many people stayed to watch the colorful visuals at the end. Also I think it's better than "CARS" which is seem to be very boring to me!!! ........... ............. ...............

By the way, there are comments from other viewers complaining about hidden meanings and may feel the script was taken from the book of Karl Marx which is outrage and misjudge for the film. Also Marx's book is all about capitalism!!! I really don't get the negative reviews for this movie!!!!!

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