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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

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)
Zach Tyler ...
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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Las aventuras de Lucas  »

Box Office

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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Trivia

Julia Roberts, who plays the ant Hova in this film, plays another bug (the title role spider) in Charlotte's Web (2006). 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

[repeated line]
Zoc: Clacktiel!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ants Go Marching
Performed by The Ant Buddies
Traditional Arranged by Ralph Sall
Produced by Ralph Sall
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Just plain dull
28 June 2008 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

This one is just a formulaic rehash of stuff we've seen and heard before. There's not much of a story here, and the characters are paper thin cutouts with the voices of bored celebs who wanted some extra milk money between films.

A kid gets shrunk by some ants who he blasted with a garden hose. You don't even see him get shrunk (wasn't this an animated film?); he just wakes up next to his giant underwear. The 21st Century society colony of ants decide to "teach him our ways," and the moral (whatever it is) of the film has been sloppily served up. If you hear a snoring noise, that's your kids who have nodded off by now from the blank-page scripting. You'll probably follow them in the next few minutes; this one is definitely a cure for insomniacs. If the dead-end story doesn't anesthetize you, the lame cultural one-liners will.

The baddie is ripped off directly from Over the Hedge, with all the trimmings: smoking, evil laughing, overweight etc. He wasn't funny in that movie; he's even worse here. Battles between the ants and the bad guy are CGI splashes of color and out of focus images. Why? Because there really isn't anything to see. Somebody's always following a long distance, with the same blurry effect, and for the same blurry reason.

Good to torment a disobedient child with, or to put a hyper one to sleep. But that's all.


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