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The Ant Bully
A star-studded CGI animation feature
The Ant Bully
A scene from the animated "Ant Bully".
OPENING WEEKEND: $41,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $155,000,000
  This Film is NOT a Future Release.
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March 1st, 2006: Poor 10-year-old Lucas Nickle (voiced by Zach Tyler) is having problems adjusting to his surroundings after moving to a new neighborhood. His teenage sister Tiffany (voiced by Allison Mack), his self-absorbed parents (voiced by Larry Miller and Cheri Oteri), and his screwball grandmother (voiced by Lilly Tomlin), are all consumed by their own personal interests and are far too busy to pay any attention to him. To make matters even worse, Lucas has become the primary target of the local bully. As a result, he vents his frustration on the ant hills in his front yard, stomping on them and drowning them in water. He is completely unaware that the ants below have a world of their own, similar to the human one, and have been planning their revenge. Wizard Ant Zoc (voiced by Nicholas Cage) has finally developed a magic potion that will shrink Lucas down to ant size so that he can stand trial before the Ant Council and the wise Ant Queen (voiced by Meryl Streep). His one aid will be the compassionate Nurse Ant Hova (voiced by Julia Roberts), who has volunteered to mentor the boy and teach him the ways of the ant colony.

What to Expect: Director John A. Davis had a surprise hit on his hands five years ago when he made Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The film was even nominated for a best animated feature Academy Award, eventually losing to the mighty Shrek. At that time, however, the competition was not as stiff as it is now with animation, and digital animation in particular, at the height of its popularity. The Ant Bully will have to compete with major releases like Cars, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Monster House, Over the Hedge, and Charlotte’s Web, which represent only a fraction of the extensive list of digital animation features scheduled to hit theaters this year. Unfortunately, the premise may not be original enough to distinguish The Ant Bully from the more anticipated family movies. A Bug’s Life and Antz, both digital animation films, already explored the microcosmic life several years ago.

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The Ant Bully does hold an edge over all other similar titles in one department. The stellar cast that will provide their voices for the film is comprised of the most recognizable superstars like Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep. Roberts in particular stands out due to her recent announcement that she will be retiring from acting forever. The Ant Bully and Charlotte’s Web have the good fortune of snatching her talents one last time before she fades away. While the Oscar winning actress is still negotiating one more film role, currently, those are to be her final two movies. Roberts plans to close her consummate career with a theater debut on Broadway before gracefully exiting her profession to concentrate on her home life. Looking further down the cast list, respected Hollywood actors like Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man, Lady in the Water), Lily Tomlin (Nine to Five, All of Me, I Heart Huckabees), and Alan Cumming (GoldenEye, Spy Kids, X2), complete one of the most impressively assembled line-ups for any film. With this group of people, the vocal contributions should be rich and versatile, elevating The Ant Bully above its routine narrative.

Like various similar films, expect The Ant Bully to serve as an allegory that will help children appreciate the living organisms around them. By learning to function with the ants, Lucas will gather valuable wisdom about work, friendship, cooperation, and life in general. He will grow to love and respect the little creatures and will use their example to discover abilities within himself that he never knew existed. It’s a typical story, without an extraordinary or revolutionary context, but somehow, these digital animation features are the best medium to get these simple points across. I would say, however, that The Ant Bully might not appeal to older audiences as effectively as some of the competition I mentioned above. I wouldn’t discourage adults from seeing it with their kids, but the simple undertones may be a bit excessive and the movie may lack some of those exceptionally well-written and universally appealing situations found in those unrivaled Disney-Pixar animated features like Finding Nemo or The Incredibles.

In Conclusion: The Ant Bully should be another genial family adventure film and a welcome contribution to the digital animation genre. The incredible cast will garner the film lots of attention and will help it boost its box-office numbers, but the story will probably lack the originality and sparkling moments found in other similar films. The emphasis will probably be toward entertaining kids, but adults should definitely get enjoyment out of it as well. Anytime a film can use three-dimensional animation to give us a curious peek at the vast universe right below our feet, it can’t be all that bad.

Similar Titles: Antz, A Bug’s Life, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Toy Story
July 28th, 2006 (wide)
November 28th, 2006 (DVD)

Warner Bros. Pictures

John A. Davis

Nicolas Cage, Alan Cumming, Paul Giamatti, Regina King, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Cheri Oteri, Larry Miller, Ricardo Montalban, Allison Mack, Zach Tyler

Total: 46 vote(s).

Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor and action.

88 min






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