The Ant Bully

July 28th, 2006


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After Lucas Nickle floods an ant colony with his watergun, he's magically shrunken down to insect size and sentenced to hard labor in the ruins.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.1/10 (12,748 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director: John A. Davis

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts

This is the story of a ten-year-old boy named Lucas Nickle, who has just moved to a new neighborhood, has no friends, and is the target for the local bully and his gang. His parents are leaving for a honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, so they are too busy to attend to his problems. His sister is distracted by her cellular phone, and the grandmother is obsessed with UFOs and aliens. Lucas is constantly being beat up by the obese yet intimidating neighborhood bully. Because he cannot fight back, he takes out his anger on an anthill in his front yard; He kicks it, stomps it, squirts it with his water gun, and floods it with a hose. This terrifies the ants, who call Lucas the Destroyer. One wizard ant, known as Zoc being a hopeful and adventurous type, is trying to solve this dilemma. He tries to devise a magic potion that he believes will solve all their problems. As the plan to shrink Lucas down...

Writers: John A. Davis, John Nickle

Julia Roberts - Hova(voice)
Nicolas Cage - Zoc(voice)
Meryl Streep - Queen(voice)
Paul Giamatti - Stan Beals(voice)
Zach Tyler - Lucas Nickle(voice) (as Zach Tyler Eisen)
Regina King - Kreela(voice)
Bruce Campbell - Fugax(voice)
Lily Tomlin - Mommo(voice)
Cheri Oteri - Doreen Nickle(voice)
Larry Miller - Fred Nickle(voice)
Allison Mack - Tiffany Nickle(voice)
Ricardo Montalban - Head of Council(voice)
Creagen Dow - Mullet Boy(voice)
Myles Jeffrey - Steve(voice)
Jake T. Austin - Nicky(voice)

Taglines: This Summer It's Crunch Time.


Official Website: Warner Bros [France] | Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 28 July 2006

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,432,465 (USA) (30 July 2006) (3050 Screens)

Gross: $55,181,129 (Worldwide) (30 June 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Julia Roberts, who plays the ant Hova in this film, plays another bug (the title role spider) in Charlotte's Web.

Lucas Nickle: Hello! Earth to ant lady! You were right in the middle of sounding like my mom!

User Review

Well Worth Viewing

Rating: 8/10

I really don't get the negative reviews for this movie. I'm in my forties, so is my husband. Our children are three and eleven. We all loved this movie. I'll buy the DVD.

I liked this movie as well as A Bug's Life, if not better. Why? The message that it's okay to be yourself and that you don't have to simply accept bullying is delivered in a more laid-back way. A Bug's Life and Toy Story, by comparison, are frenetic.

The actors voices and characterization are terrific. All in all, I think the visuals at the end of the film - sort of a funky, hieroglyphic narrative - help to sum up this film's appeal or lack of appeal, depending on the nature of the viewer. If you genuinely prefer faster-paced, more "in-your-face" type of movies (and I realize that most American film viewers do these days), then you will have to acclimate a little to this film. But not much. It's plenty busy.

What it also is, however, is charming. Toy Story was charming. So was the first Shrek, in its own quirky, slightly perverse way. The Ant Bully, in my family's opinion (and we go to a lot of movies), was just what we needed for a Friday night of family entertainment. We had some really good laughs, enjoyed being together, and left feeling upbeat. The audience seemed to enjoy this movie very much. There was a lot of laughter and many people stayed to watch the colorful visuals at the end.

If you don't like this movie, then perhaps you need to learn to kick back and relax a little more often. We found it to be well worth viewing and it will certainly receive a lot of travel time viewing in our car once it's released on DVD. I saw that Tom Hanks was an Executive Producer. Thanks, Tom.