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Ant Bully (2006)

Director: John A. Davis     Starring: Roberts,Julia
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Format: DVD
Sku: 203135920
UPC: 012569736696
UPC 14: 00012569736696
Rating: Game Rating Code
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After lucas nickel floods an ant colony with his watergun, he's magically shrunked down to insect size and sentenced to hard labor in the ruins.

"An effortlessly clever animated confection.  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Family entertainment at its best.  Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"...an epic adventure with a rigorously moral point of view.  Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

Editor's Note
A young boy learns the importance of teamwork and gains self-confidence in this animated feature written and directed by John A. Davis (JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS), and based on the book by John Nickle. Misfit Lucas (Zach Taylor Eisen) doesn't have any friends and suffers daily at the hands of the neighborhood bully. Lucas's mother (Cheri Oterie) might call her 10-year-old "Peanut," but to the ants inhabiting the colony in his front yard, Lucas is "the Destroyer." Lonely and frustrated by his small stature, Lucas repeatedly takes his aggressions out on the colony, leaving the ants running for their lives. Tired of the unprovoked attacks, Zok (Nicolas Cage), an ant wizard, devises a potion that will shrink the Destroyer down to their size so that he can stand trial for his actions. Soon, Lucas is ant-sized and sentenced to live among the ants where he has to learn their ways in order to earn his freedom.

Zok's ever cheerful girlfriend, Hova (Julia Roberts), becomes Lucas's mentor, teaching him the ways of the ant world and helping him gain a whole new perspective. He begins to understand the meaning of teamwork and how working with others can help an individual accomplish great things. He also learns that danger lurks everywhere for an ant: killer wasps, hungry frogs, even sunlight reflected off a mirror can mean certain death. Even worse, before being shrunk, Lucas was tricked into signing a contract with a slimy exterminator, Stan Beals (Paul Giamatti), who will soon be returning to destroy the colony unless Lucas can find a way to stop him. An amusing, smart script and likeable characters are hallmarks of this pleasant romp through a secret underground world. Meryl Streep voices the ant Queen, while Lily Tomlin is Mommo, Lucas's grandmother, and Ricardo Montalban is the Head of the Ant Council.

Features

Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2010
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 73669
Video UPC UPC: 00012569736696
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bruce Campbell - Voice Of
Video Cast Info John A. Davis - Director
Video Cast Info John A. Davis - Screenplay
Video Cast Info John Debney - Original Music By
Video Cast Info John Nickle - Based On Book By
Video Cast Info Jon Price - Editor
Video Cast Info Joseph P. Johnston, et. al. - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Julia Roberts - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Keith Alcorn - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Lily Tomlin - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Meryl Streep - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Nicolas Cage - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Paul Giamatti - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Regina King - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Tom Hanks - Producer
Video Cast Info Zach Tyler - Voice Of

Professional Reviews

Ultimate DVD
"[With] moments of inventiveness and wit..." 07/28/2006 p.E10

Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he kind of life lessons that usually gum up the fun go down as easily as jelly beans in THE ANT BULLY, an effortlessly clever animated confection..." 08/04/2006 p.47

Sight and Sound
"Stirring classical music accompanies scenes of flying insects swooping in on the ants....The action should appeal to children." 09/01/2006 p.48

Box Office
"[T]he CGI-created earthbound universe that Lucas is dragged down into is a lively environment full of energy, excitement and cultural heritage..." 09/01/2006 p.112

Widescreen Review
"[The] details are very well resolved, with fine textures looking very realistic. Colors are vibrant and realistic..." 02/01/2007 p.67

ReelViews 6 of 10
The Ant Bully is a sore disappointment to anyone hoping for a turnaround to the recent downward quality spiral of animated films. In fact, this movie may represent a new nadir for 3D animation. Although it's pretty enough to look at (although nowhere near as exquisitely rendered as Pixar's Cars), the storyline - a cobbled-together stew of moralizing and pointless action sequences - is an insult to anyone with more than a second-grade education. Young kids may find The Ant Bully appealing, but nearly everyone else, including parents forced to sit through the movie, will understand the difference between a "family film" and a "children's film," and why this picture belongs in the latter category. How I long for the days of quality insect-oriented animated entertainment like Antz and A Bug's Life. - James Berardinelli

Variety 8 of 10
Following the mindset of so many recent CG kidpics -- the gabbier the script, the better -- "The Ant Bully" is lovely to look at but a headache to listen to. Visually dazzling cross between "Antz" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" follows a boy forced to live among insects, with extremely noisy and (there's no other word for it) antic results...Davis fluidly orchestrates the pic's games with perception and dynamic shifts in scale (an exploding firecracker, seen and heard first at ground level, then from a human's perspective, supplies more wit than anything in the screenplay). Project reteams the helmer with a number of his "Jimmy Neutron" collaborators, including editor Jon Price and composer John Debney, who wrote the memorably tuneful score. - Justin Chang

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Roberts,Julia
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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