The Ant Bully

2006 • 88 minutes
4.1
406 reviews
62%
Tomatometer
PG
Rating
Eligible
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From Academy Award nominated filmmaker John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (The Polar Express), The Ant Bully tells a witty and heartwarming story about a 10-year-old boy who embarks on a remarkable journey. New in town, friendless and tormented by a neighborhood bully, young Lucas Nickle has been taking out his frustration on the innocent ant hill in his yard. But one day the ants retaliate. Using a magic potion, they shrink Lucas down to ant size and sentence him to live like an ant in their colony. In this strange new world Lucas will learn important lessons about friendship, get a whole new perspective on life and ultimately find the courage to stand up for himself. MPAA Rating: PG (c) 2006 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
4.1
406 reviews
Kyle Vansteelandt
November 12, 2020
This computer animated movie from Warner bros has a simplistic yet engrossing premise and the movie has it's ingredients that has enough ambition to make it's formula successful: It has an all-star cast of actors that did such a delightful effort bringing those characters to life and matching their personalities, simple yet enjoyable, likable characters, inspiring life lessons about teamwork, compassion, friendship, loyalty, being different, and learning about each other's perspectives, and it's content has so much imagination and irresistible structure. Most of the humor does not try too hard, those moments of humor are absolutely witty and sharp, mostly from the well-directed dynamic tone, it's great sense of timing, the boisterous voice-acting, or maybe even the animation, but there are some moments of comedy that just did not get and they just slid right by. The tone of the film changes from silent and peaceful and then, there is an explosion that is a tad bit louder. Each character has a different personality and it's colorful, but most of these characters are not consistent with the same feelings/personalities which is a great thing, because otherwise the characters would be boring. I did have a sense of pity for Lucas, because he feels like a believable character that you can relate to. The enemies that Lucas and his friends faced are absolutely memorable, from the swarm of ferocious tarantula hawks (spider wasps), to the hungry wide-mouthed bullfrog, and to the main antagonist of the film; a local exterminator named Stan Beals, and he is a very nasty and oh so maniacal monster of a man with a hatred for all insects, and he gleefully enjoys his career as well as killing all kinds of bugs with sadistic pleasure. I was disgusted and afraid of Stan's screen time. The animation may not be the most gorgeous looking or most pleasant to look at, but the animation of the characters and background is bright, lit, vivid, the characters move with smooth and quirky fluidity, the backgrounds sucked me into their world, and there are a few times where the animation did it's best with a sense of humor and timing, but there are times where the animation looks weird, because of how it stretches and shrinks, and looks bouncy in a clumsy way. The script writing is absolutely inventive and creative in some elements with a great sense of fun imagination, if not truly original or innovative or even ground-breaking. The pacing is very well-done, especially the growing changes of an interaction behavior between Lucas and the other ants. The film's narrative is simple, but also very important and logical, including where we understand that Lucas and Zoc the ant wizard are getting along and when Lucas and the ants become a great team and form some simple chemistry within their friendship, and it tries to avoid being predictable, because the filmmakers were focused on the entertainment value which is very important, and on the messages which are also very important for children's movie. Usually the best messages in films work through subtext, because the audience can enjoy the movie's story and think about it's overall meaning after, and that's exactly what the story of the movie provided. John Debney composed the big, dynamic, playful score for this film, There are times the score sounds like tribal music because when you are an ant, it's a jungle out here. and during the action cues, the music is thrilling and sprightly. To conclude: I can tell that this simple animated feature is not really Oscar-worthy, but the ant bully is such a delightful and fun animated movie with excellent writing (from the script to the dialogue), very funny comedy, unforgettable characters, a wonderful sense of imagination, and inspiring universal messages. I gave it four in a half out of five. Highly recommended for every family!
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A Google user
June 3, 2017
Happy feet is good but the Ant Bully my friend neared me 50.00 dollar to watch it 1 time and buy 2 wide-screen copies witch is 2.98 dollars in the trash and I was broke from 50 dollars after that how cruel as a Cars Life.
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