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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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John A. Davis

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John A. Davis, John Nickle (book)
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Cast

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, 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras de Lucas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,432,465, 30 July 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,142,535, 16 November 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,181,129, 30 June 2007
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Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first Warner Bros.' computer-animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA. 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

Lucas Nickle: [as Lucas and the ants fly around the house with rose petals] This is Hawaii. We went there last summer. It's got volcanoes and hula dancers and Don Ho and surfboards. And I caught a fish. And these are the pyramids. And these are the pyramids. Well, not the real pyramids. The real ones are lots bigger. Mommo says aliens built them. She's my grandma.
[they fly over to the next fan towards the family picture]
Hova: Oh, are these your nest mates?
Lucas Nickle: Yeah, that's my family.
Hova: Ooh. Which one's the queen?
Lucas Nickle: My ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) 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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This is a wonderful movie. It has something for everyone in the family.
2 October 2006 | by emilyanngraceSee all my reviews

In the children's movie "The Ant Bully," released in August 2006, we are provided with an in-depth look into the world of being bullied. People do not always think about the effect of their actions on others. Just because they are small does not mean that they should not be valued. Everything that we say has a chain reaction. And no matter how small something is, whether it is the smallest person in the neighborhood or a tiny little ant, it does matter how we treat them. We should respect everyone and everything as we would want to be respected. The movie "The Ant Bully" makes this message very clear.

Lucas (Zach Tyler), a ten year old boy, takes out his anger on a colony of ants after becoming the target of the neighborhood bully. The ants retaliate by using a shirking potion made by the ant wizard Zoc (Nicolas Cage) to bring Lucas down to size. Lucas is then brought to face the ant queen (Meryl Streep), who sentences him to learn the ants' ways. Lucas is befriended by Hova (Julia Roberts), Zoc's girlfriend, who helps him along the way. Hova is also join in this task by fellow ants Kreela (Regina King) and Fugax (Bruce Campbell). These four are constantly running into obstacles, but always manage to find their way out by working together.

After seeing this movie with my four year old daughter, I felt a little uneasy. The movie overall was very entertaining. One thing I could have dealt with out is the fact that Lucas is naked in part of the movie. No, they did not show anything, but they left very little to the imagination. One thing that did make the movie great was the fact that it taught a lesson. I feel that it shows that bullying is wrong and will not be tolerated, and that even if someone is small they can accomplish anything by working together. I would recommend this movie to everyone, adults and children.


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