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The Ant Bully (2006)

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

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 <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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

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28 July 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$282,255 (Australia) (6 October 2006)

Gross:

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

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Kreela: Peanut? The Destroyer? I had to move out of my nest because of you! I lost everything! Took me all morning to rebuild...
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References FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) See more »

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The Ants Go Marching
Performed by The Ant Buddies
Traditional Arranged by Ralph Sall
Produced by Ralph Sall
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Ant Bully = FUN FUN FUN!!!!!
22 July 2006 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Wildly entertaining for kids and bits of off the wall humor for adults make The Ant Bully my top choice for cartoons and animated films this year! Tom Hanks' production group assembled a fantastic line up of voice actors for this movie. My favorite all-star was Julia Roberts, who I believe is best playing in fun roles for children as she did in Hook as Tinkerbell.

Nicolas Cage added a hint of familiarity and also added to the entertainment level for adults (i.e. imagining the "Lord of War" as a tiny ant!) Above that, my favorite part about the Ant Bully were the vivid scenes and camera angles between the world of the human and the world of the ant. The animators had brilliant use of switching the perspective at different times – for example - *mini-spoiler* a fire cracker goes off and makes a gigantic BOOM in the underground for the ants, but the camera zooms out and it is a tiny pop for the world of humans.

The variety of entertainment and different levels of humor make The Ant Bully this Summer's top choice for family fun!


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