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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

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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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,432,465 (USA) (28 July 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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Doreen Nickle: Where's your brother?
Tiffany Nickle: Still locked in his room, hiding from society.
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The end credit is in "Chamber of the Ages" style (seen in the movie). See more »

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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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Cage isn't bad here either
1 October 2008 | by (Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes animated movies can surprise you. And this was one of those movies. While it did not wow me, it did have a nice storyline and good voicing talent and that was good enough.

Cage and Roberts play two ants. The thought of those two as ants at first seemed funny. But since they made them human, everything turned out alright. Enter actual conflict with other insects and it makes for a descent film.

The concept, however, has been used before. Animals/insects/aliens being threatened by humans is all too familiar. But it gets over such a thing with making it similar to Western English Europeans dealing Native American Indians to a small extent and that familiarize the audience with the conflict between ant and boy.

Overall, not bad. "B-"


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