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The Ant Bully

A movie directed by John A. Davis

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Better than expected

  • Jan 24, 2007
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Before watching this movie, I thought it would be some sort of rehash of Antz or A Bug's Life. In fact, it was totally different, with a unique and very original storyline. Lucas Nickle is the protagonist, the new kid on the block who gets roughed up by Steve, the neighborhood bully. He takes out his anger on the anthill in his yard, subjecting them to kicks, sprays from the lawn hose, and the dreaded "yellow rain". But what goes around comes around as the ants' wizard, Zoc, concocts a potion that shrinks Lucas down to size. He is taken to the ant colony, and forced to live with the ants until he learns their ways. At first reluctant, Lucas soon gets in a groove and his training culminates in his saviour of the colony. For this he is rewarded with an ant name, the complete adulation of the colony, and a return to his original size.

There are several aspects of the movie worth commenting. First, the look of the ants is quite similar to the 1990's movie Antz. Second, the CGI is pretty impressive and all the scenery, animals and people look realistic enough. Third, there is a fair amount of action, but little violence, so the movie is appropriate for all ages. Fourth, the comedy is subtle and clean. Overall, the movie is worth watching.

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review by . September 05, 2010
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