The Ant Bully Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
It’s a classic kind of “kick the dog” retaliation. Big guy picks on little guy. Little guy picks on littler guy. Being the brunt of the neighborhood bully’s pranks is hard on ten-year-old Lucas Nickle (Zach Tyler) who can’t defend himself against the abuse. Instead, he takes out his frustrations on the occupants of the anthill in his front yard.
But the colony living inside the bustling mound are upset when Lucas “The Destroyer” floods their dwelling, washing away their food supply and submerging major parts of their home. Fortunately, Zoc, the Wizard Ant (Nicholas Cage), has nearly completed a magical potion that will put the ants on even ground with Lucas. Calling upon mythical powers to activate the concoction, he readies the recipe that will reduce Lucas to their size.
Although Lucas shrinks, his underwear does not and the naked boy has to cover himself before facing the creature’s disciplinary council. Sentenced to live as an ant by the committee’s leader (Ricardo Montalban), Lucas is left in the care of a nurse ant named Hova (Julia Roberts). She, along with the help of Kreela (Regina King) a forager, and Fugax (Bruce Campbell) a scout, must teach the belligerent, bug-sized human about the importance of working together.
However, the lessons are put to the test when an even bigger threat arrives on the horizon. Stan the cigar-chomping Exterminator (Paul Giamatti) rolls to a stop in the driveway with enough chemicals to annihilate every living creature on the Nickle lawn. Attacking the intruder with military vengeance, the insects and their pesky friends target their foe’s most sensitive body sites.
The warlike setting and resulting casualties, along with a frightening chase by a hungry frog create some tense moments in the film. These scenes are offset with some bathroom-type humor, veiled sexual remarks, gender comments and absentee adults.
Yet the film also includes a strong message of building a caring community where everyone watches out for the other guy. While it takes Lucas a while to warm up to the idea of cooperating, these little insects do their best to teach The Destroyer a lesson in Anti Bullying.Starring Paul Giamatti, Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Regina King. Running time: 88 minutes. Theatrical release July 27, 2006. Updated February 13, 2012
The Ant Bully
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Ant Bully rated PG? The Ant Bully is rated PG by the MPAA some mild rude humor and action
Although The Ant Bully is aimed at children, the film contains plenty of perilous scenes and violent warlike portrayals. The local bully and his minions repeatedly abuse Lucas. Later, the insect-sized Lucas is chased through the grass and becomes a tasty dinner morsel for a hungry frog. Inside the frog, Lucas sees a half decomposed bug in the stomach acid. The film also depicts brief buttock nudity, some scatological comments and veiled sexual remarks.
Page last updated February 13, 2012
More parents' guide for The Ant Bully after the break...
The Ant Bully Parents' Guide
After being shrunk and abducted by the insects, what does Lucas learn about the ants? What does he teach the ants about human beings? Zoc thinks that yawning is disgusting. What do the ants do that Lucas finds revolting?
How does Lucas resolve his bullying issues? Are there other ways the problem could be worked out? Is might always right?
How does the film portray Lucas’s parents, his sister and his grandmother? How do these depictions reinforce the idea of Lucas being solely responsible for his own welfare?
The most recent home video release of The Ant Bully movie is November 27, 2006. Here are some details…
DVD Release Date: 28 November 2006
Presented in either wide or full screen, the DVD release of Ant Bully is crawling with extras, like seven animated shorts, additional scenes and an ant habitat TV screensaver. For those who would like to get an up-close look at this movie, the featurette It Takes a Colony explores the giant filmmaking process from a tiny perspective. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.
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Wayne Szalinski is on the verge of a new discovery when he accidentally reduces his children to miniscule proportions in Honey I Shrunk the Kids. An unhappy ant trying to break out of the conformist attitude of his colony becomes involved in all out war against some termites in the animated film Antz. A group of menacing grasshoppers demand that a group of hardworking insects hand over their food supply in A Bug’s Life.