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The Ant Bully [Blu-ray] (2006)

Justin Austin , Julia Roberts , John A. Davis  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Justin Austin, Julia Roberts, Alan Cumming, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep
  • Directors: John A. Davis
  • Writers: John A. Davis, John Nickle
  • Producers: John A. Davis, Keith Alcorn, Diana Choi, William Fay, Steve Shareshian
  • Format: Color, Animated, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KF0NI4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ant Bully [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

-Featurette: It Takes a Colony: The Black Beetle explores the giant filmmaking process from a tiny perspective
-Screen Saver: Ant Habitat TV Screensaver

Editorial Reviews

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An all-star cast--including such A-list stars as Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, and Meryl Streep--lend their voices to The Ant Bully. Social misfit Lucas gets bullied by the bigger boys in his neighborhood, so he takes out his frustrations on the only things around smaller than him: An ant hill on his front lawn. After being flooded and stepped on, the ants fight back when ant wizard Zoc (Cage, National Treasure) develops a potion that shrinks Lucas down to bug-size. But Zoc's thirst for revenge gets foiled when the beatific ant queen (Streep, The Devil Wears Prada) decrees that Lucas must learn to live like an ant, and Zoc's girlfriend Hova (Roberts, Runaway Bride) takes up the task of teaching the unhappy boy how to value others over himself. The animation of The Ant Bully makes good use of scale as Lucas grapples with the gigantic world around him, but the writing is not so imaginative; the name actors are thrown away on bland characters and lackluster dialogue. The lessons Lucas learns are admirable (and amusingly Communist in flavor), but the way he learns them feels contrived and uncompelling. It's too bad, because there probably won't be many other movies featuring the combined talents of Meryl Streep and Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness). Also featuring Ricardo Montalban (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan), Lily Tomlin (Nashville), and Paul Giamatti (Sideways) as a sleazy exterminator. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

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.

DVD Features:
Featurette:It Takes a Colony: The Black Beetle explores the giant filmmaking process from a tiny perspective.
Screen Saver:Ant Habitat TV Screensaver


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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Delightful! January 21, 2007
Format:DVD
When we first sat down to view this movie I wasn't sure about it. How good could a movie be about a kid bullying ants; I was in for a wonderful surprise. We meet Lucas who is picked on by a bully himself and seems to take out his revenge on an ant community..why? Because he is bigger.

When the Wizard of the ant community comes up with a portion to shrink Lucas and it is decided he must learn how to live like an ant the fun begins. Lucas soon learns that working together can help you overcome no matter what size you are. It was just a really fun movie and one that my entire family enjoyed. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, family-friendly movie July 11, 2009
Format:DVD
My 4.5 year-old preschooler loves "The Ant Bully", and this is one of the few kid movies that I actually enjoy watching with her [we've watched it over 5 times now]. The animation is great, and the story too has a lot to recommend it. The story centers around a young boy, Lucas [Zach Tyler] who is constantly being bullied by an older and bigger neighborhood bully. Lucas in turn vents his anger and frustration on the ant colony in his yard. Typical of animated movies, the ants can 'talk' - there's Zoc [Nicolas Cage] a sort of ant wizard who experiments with a shrinking potion, his girlfriend Hova [Julia Roberts] who believes that "Peanut the Destroyer" aka Lucas is good at heart and that humans and ants can co-exist in peace. Lucas inevitably gets shrunk to ant size [well, a little smaller actually] and is sentenced by the Queen [Meryl Streep] to live and work in the ant colony, learning to 'become' an ant with the hope that Lucas will learn compassion. Over the course of the movie, Lucas learns that ants too have 'feelings' and that his actions of bullying the ants was not justified in any way - in fact, Lucas comes to form a real friendship with the ants.

A story with a positive message and wonderful animation, with lots of humor throughout - perfect for kids and adults alike. Highly recommended as a family movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOved it! January 27, 2007
Format:DVD
I did not think this movie was going to be that enjoyable. But then when I popped it in to my DVD player, I was suprisingly shocked. I loved every minute of this movie. I thought this movie will be like "ANTZ", but instead it had a different story line. It was funny how Peanut a human boy was transformed in to a little sized ant and had to live an everyday life like ants. I thought that was something different then any other animated cartoon movies. PLus, this movie gave me second thoughts about never demolishing the ant colonies. My mom even loved this movie, so I bet any age will enjoy this movie.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Fantastic. The Ant Bully is just a fantastic animated film on multiple levels. The animation is superb, the characters are wonderfully memorable, the cast of voice actors boasts many a big name, and the story is as educational as it is entertaining. Adults should have already learned the message of this film, but they can still enjoy The Ant Bully just as much as the kids. Frankly, I had never even heard of this movie until a couple of weeks ago, and that's a real shame because this is an animated film that should have been talked about just as much as Cars, Happy Feet, etc.

Like Lucas (Zach Tyler), the little boy in this film, I used to squirt water on ants and destroy their little ant hills - I'm not proud of that, but I was just a dumb kid. Lucas has yet to learn that tormenting other creatures is bad. A local bully keeps picking on him because he's little, so he turns around and picks on ants because he is bigger than they are. For their part, the ants in his front yard have had enough of the horrible beast they call "Destroyer," and thanks to a young wizard named Zoc (Nicolas Cage), they have a way to fight back. Using a potion, they shrink Lucas down to their size and carry him back to the colony. Many of the ants want to kill and eat their nemesis, but the benevolent Queen (Meryl Streep) decrees that he is to remain in the colony and, through training, learn to become an ant himself. Zoc's girlfriend Hova (Julia Roberts) eagerly volunteers to train him, which threatens to drive a wedge between her and Zoc.

Lucas makes for a stubborn student, rejecting the teamwork inherent in ant society; he doesn't need anybody's help, thank you very much. Not having any human friends, he is even reluctant to accept the friendship that ants such as Hova offer him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here comes them ants again February 27, 2007
Format:DVD
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,and 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 few 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My kids love this movie.
Published 23 hours ago by Sara Talamantes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good kids movie. Right price, shipped promptly and packed well. Happy grand kids, happy customer.
Published 7 days ago by old dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Best buy, great product, I recommend it 100%.
I keep buying more. Good buy and good experience.
I will enjoy what I bought
Published 1 month ago by JOSE ANTONIO ROHAMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the book then watch the movie
Cute movie! Watched it after reading the book and my students loved it! The sound quality for streaming wasn't very good.
Published 2 months ago by Think Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Very imaginative...
I loved this movie as I loved A Bugs Life. This is a great movie to show children and adults about the lives of ants and how they live. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kimmie 2
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids loved this.
Have seen this many times before, but rented it because my two year old had not seen it, was a hit, she watched the whole movie. At two that's all I can ask for!
Published 2 months ago by jimmyjam358
5.0 out of 5 stars hate
We recieved this movie and it didn't play at all. we bought a copy at our local haIstings and it works perfectly fine. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lorretta Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Ant Bully
This is an adorable DVD and I myself love watching it as well but all these Saw movie come about.
Published 3 months ago by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars great
My kids love watching the movie. They watch it until they fall asleep and day wake up in the morning watching. Almost know it by word for word!
Published 4 months ago by Yolanda Curry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good family flick!
This is a great family movie that demonstrates the effects of bullying and how to combat it with a bit of community.
Published 5 months ago by P A White
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