The Ant Bully

The Ant Bully

Director: John A. Davis Cast: Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep
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The Ant Bully

A kid who hates ants finds himself living among the six-legged critters in this computer-animated comedy-adventure. Lucas Nickle (voice of Zach Tyler Eisen) is a ten-year-old boy whose family has just moved to a new town, and Lucas isn't enjoying it much -- he hasn't made any friends yet, his big sister ignores him, his parents (voices of Larry Miller and Cheri Oteri) are occupied with their upcoming vacation in Mexico, and his loving but slightly crazy grandmother (voice of Lily Tomlin) is convinced space aliens are casing out the neighborhood. To make matters worse, the local bully has found Lucas and is making his life miserable, so the boy looks for someone he can push around -- and he soon finds a large colony of ants in his yard. Lucas takes out his frustrations by stomping, drowning, and burying the bugs, little realizing the ants see him as a threat to their safety and aren't about take his attacks lying down. Zoc (voice of Nicolas Cage) is a "wizard ant" who creates a formula that shrinks Lucas to the size of an insect, and the tiny boy is brought before the leader of the Ant Council (voice of Ricardo Montalban) and the Queen of the Colony (voice of Meryl Streep) to answer for his crimes against the ants. Showing compassion, the queen sentences Lucas not to death, but to live among them and see how difficult their circumstances can be. Nurse Ant Hova (voice of Julia Roberts) is put in charge of looking after Lucas, and with the help of Scout Fugax (voice of Bruce Campbell) and Forager Kreela (voice of Regina King), Lucas gets an eye-opening picture of how the other half lives -- just in time for Lucas to help the ants in an all-out battle against Stan (voice of Paul Giamatti), a pest-control man brought in to get rid of the bugs. Produced by Tom Hanks, The Ant Bully was written and directed by John A. Davis, who handled the same chores on the film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2007
UPC: 0085391181194
Original Release: 2006
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:29:00
Format: HD

Special Features

7 hilarious animated shorts; Additional scenes; It Takes a Colony: Explore the Giant filmmaking process from a Tiny perspective; Ant Habitat TV screensaver

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Roberts Hova
Nicolas Cage Zoc
Meryl Streep Queen
Paul Giamatti Stan Beals
Zach Tyler Eisen Lucas Nickle
Regina King Kreela
Bruce Campbell Fugax
Lily Tomlin Mommo
Cheri Oteri Doreen Nickle
Larry Miller Fred Nickle
Allison Mack Tiffany Nickle
Ricardo Montalban Head of Council
Myles Jeffrey Steve
Jake T. Austin Nicky
Rob Paulsen Beetle
Scott S. Bullock Glow Worm,Wasp Survivor
Mark de Carlo Fly
Frank Welker Spindle,Frog,Caterpillar
Paul Greenberg Sleeping Ant #1,Head Lice #1,Head Lice #2,Head Lice #3,Head Lice #4
David Kaye Sleeping Ant #2,Guard Ant #3,Wrangler Ant
Alfred Jackson Slacker Ant
Ken Mitchroney Ant #17,Guard Ant #2,Wasp #8
Denzel Whitaker Albert
Casey Masamitsu Shigeko
Bryan Fabian Fernando
Creagen Dow Mullet Boy
Jake Goldberg Helmet Boy,Nob,Red Teammate #1
Keith Alcorn Ant #18,Pupa,Soldier Ant #3
John A. Davis Ant #19
Tom Kenny Drone Ant,Ant #2,Ant #6,Ant Dad #1
Sarah Mensinga Mother Ant
Nika Futterman Ant #1,Ant #7
Scott Holst Ant #3
Susan Silo Ant #4
Paul Rugg Ant #5
Larry Cedar Ant #8
Nicole Sullivan Ant #9
Candi Milo Nurse Ant #3
Nissa Alcorn Billo
Patrick Fraley Ant Council #1
Tyler James Williams Blue Teammate #1
Jared Goldsmith Blue Teammate #2,Red Teammate #2
Austin Majors Blue Teammate #3
Jaishon Fisher Blue Teammate #4
Aaron Michael Drozin Blue Teammate #5
Max Burkholder Blue Teammate #6
Sam Green Red Teammate #3
Colin Ford Red Teammate #4
Kendall Sanders Red Teammate #5
Shane Baumel Red Teammate #6
Neil Ross Wasp #1,Wasp #5
Bob Joles Wasp #2
Wally Wingert Wasp #3
Leon Morenzie Wasp #4
Jonathan Teague Cook Wasp #6
Sean Donnellan Soldier Ant #1
Tress MacNeille Old Council Ant
Richard Green Wasp Leader
Don Frye Soldier Ant
Clive Robertson Hova's Wasp
Vernée Watson Johnson Head Nurse
Earl Boen Old Wizard Ant
Billy West Ant Dad #2
Laraine Newman Ant Mom #1

Technical Credits
John A. Davis Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Keith Alcorn Executive Producer
Chris Consani Art Director
John Debney Score Composer
William Fay Executive Producer
Gary Goetzman Producer
Tom Hanks Producer
Barry E. Jackson Production Designer
Michael Jonascu Sound/Sound Designer
Ruth Lambert Casting
Scott Mednick Executive Producer
Shawn Murphy Score Composer,Sound Mixer
Jon Price Editor
Kim Benzine Rowell Production Manager
Diana Choi Sachs Executive Producer
Kim Saxon Co-producer
Steven Shareshian Executive Producer
Thomas Tull Executive Producer

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The Ant Bully 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Txye69 More than 1 year ago
Over all the movie was a cute movie and definitely geared for children. It does teach an important lesson about not being a bully but the kids may or may not get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My kids wanted me to purchase this DVD even though I wasn’t quite enthused on getting it since it release date. After watching this with the kids it turned out to be better than what I expected. I was rewarded with a simple movie that looks great and delivers a simple message. It also turned out to have enough action sequences in it to keep things interesting, minimum scary moments for the younger ones. Even though it’s been eight years after “Antz” and “A Bug’s Life” went head to head, Warner Bros pitches in with an alarmingly uninspired addition to the computerised insect genre. Indeed, from the little boy who gets shrunk to creepy-crawly size (James And The Giant Peach) to the malevolent exterminator sent to wipe him out (Over The Hedge), and forced to live inside an ant colony to realize the error of his ways. With that being said there’s little John A Davis’ adaptation of John Nickle’s kiddies’ book we haven’t seen before. What makes “The Ant Bully” stand out to me, is its departure to a lot of elements which have become staple to recent animated flicks. Gone here are the pop songs played during the movie, or characters breaking out into song and dance. While jokes are still incorporated, it's more witty than slapstick, and there is a severe lack of references to current pop culture, which I thought was a refreshing change. However, there was only one sequence which reminded me of Star War's X-Wing fighters and their attack on the Death Star, right down to the same plot details of having just 1 shot down a shaft to take out the enemy. Secondly the voice cast mainly, Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep proving no Hollywood star is immune to the painless cash injection these pics provide. And yes, Paul Giamatti is good value as the cigar-chomping pest guy whose heaving bulk becomes the amusing backdrop for a climactic aerial battle. Try not to be put off by the animation similarities to “Antz.” By itself, there isn't any flaws in the graphics, which turned out superbly when watched in a digital format. Its storyline will be able to engage you, even though at first glance it might seem a little simple at a superficial level. “Ant Bully” is a good movie that makes one learns valuable lessons about friendship, compassion, teamwork and loyalty that will serve for the rest of life while having the courage to stand up for oneself no matter what the odds!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago