Release Date: July 28th, 2006 by Warner Brothers Pictures.
The Voices: Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, Zach Tyler, Ricardo Montalban, Lily Tomlin, Bruce Campbell, Regina King, Cheri Oteri, Larry Miller, Allison Mack.
Directed by John A. Davis.
BASIC PREMISE: After flooding an ant colony with a water gun, Lucas (Tyler) ends up shrinking to the size of an ant and must behave like one in order to escape from the colony in human proportions.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: In the first act of this delightful CGI animated film, Lucas floods an ant colony with a water gun which channels his adolescent frustrations—caused by the typical harassment from neighborhood bullies. Just like in Monster House, the fun begins once the parents leave their kids with a babysitter, in this case, Lucas’ older sister, Tiffany (Mack). An ant called Zoc (Cage) drops a formula into Lucas’ ear which shrinks him into the size of an ant. Soon enough, he gets carried off into the colony and presented to the Queen Ant (Streep). She sentences him to work hard labor until he behaves like an ant and—only then—can he go back to normal. Lucas quickly befriends and even flirts with Hova (Roberts), which makes Zoc jealous. What follows is a second act full of adventure, laughs and some tension when an exterminator (Giamatti) threatens to wipe out the entire colony. Fortunately, throughout this fun adventure, writer/director John A. Davis includes plenty of clever humor for both adults and children, especially in a wildly imaginative sequence when Lucas leads the ants into his own house on a mission to cancel the appointment with the exterminator. Unlike recent CGI movies this year that only have great visuals to boast of, such as The Wild, Cars and Monster House, The Ant Bully also has a thoroughly engaging, surprising plot and lively, memorable characters without a single scene that drags. SPIRITUAL VALUE: The basic messages or lessons learned here include the value of friendship and compassion toward others. By the end of The Ant Bully, Lucas values his family, gains self confidence and treats others—except the bullies— with more respect.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: A delightfully imaginative, laugh-filled adventure for the whole family.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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