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The Ant Bully (2006)

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After Lucas Nickle (Zach Tyler) floods an ant colony with his watergun, he's magically shrunken down to insect size and sentenced to hard labor in the ruins.

Director:

John A. Davis

Writers:

John A. Davis, John Nickle (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Hova (voice)
Nicolas Cage ... Zoc (voice)
Meryl Streep ... Queen (voice)
Paul Giamatti ... Stan Beals (voice)
Zach Tyler ... Lucas Nickle (voice) (as Zach Tyler Eisen)
Regina King ... Kreela (voice)
Bruce Campbell ... Fugax (voice)
Lily Tomlin ... Mommo (voice)
Cheri Oteri ... Doreen Nickle (voice)
Larry Miller ... Fred Nickle (voice)
Allison Mack ... Tiffany Nickle (voice)
Ricardo Montalban ... Head of Council (voice)
Creagen Dow ... Mullet Boy (voice)
Myles Jeffrey ... Steve (voice)
Jake T. Austin ... Nicky (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a ten-year-old boy named Lucas Nickle (Zach Tyler), who has just moved to a new neighborhood, has no friends, and is the target for the local bully and his gang. His parents, Fred (Larry Miller) and Doreen (Cheri Oteri), are leaving for a honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, so they are too busy to attend to his problems. His sister, Tiffany (Allison Mack), is distracted by her cell phone, and grandmother Mommo (Lily Tomlin) is obsessed with U.F.O.s and aliens. Lucas is constantly being beat up by the neighborhood bully, Steve (Myles Jeffrey). 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 (Nicolas Cage), 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 ... Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Not counting sequels or follow-ups, It is the 12th computer-animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA after Antz (1998), Dinosaur (2000), Shrek (2001), Ice Age (2002), Shark Tale (2004), The Incredibles (2004), Robots (2005), Madagascar (2005), Hoodwinked (2005), Over the Hedge (2006) and Monster House (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

Stan Beals: [sarcastically] Oh geez, Oh ow; Boy, that hurts, please stop. Bye-Bye!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) 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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Ant theme should be retired.
27 November 2006 | by aisa_etinuSee all my reviews

I love CG and am not tired of it yet. To me, the medium of the story is not as important as the quality of the plot, and in The Ant Bully, the story was just too overdone to be satisfying. The graphics and sounds were nice, and it's a shame they were not paired with a more unique storyline.

Pros: The voices were expressive, and there's a different take on ants in this movie than in the previous ones. These follow the laws of nature in some respects but don't in others, so their world may not be as familiar or believable to viewers as those in A Bug's Life or Antz might have been. The CG is great, with nice details where they're needed, and there are different species of wildlife involved. Now if they could just move on to a new subject. No one's done a big CG movie about cockroaches yet...

Cons: The message of the movie is pushed a bit too hard. In many ways, it's exactly the same message as the one in the previous two ant movies. Ant Bully might be pretty interesting for anyone who hasn't already seen A Bug's Life and Antz, but you'll probably still yawn a little and say the magician ant's catch-phrase along with him when it's repeated for the third time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,432,465, 30 July 2006

Gross USA:

$28,142,535

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,181,129
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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