The Ant Bully

The Ant Bully
The Ant Bully
  • PG
  • 1h 29m
  • 2006
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Friendless and tormented by a neighborhood bully, the new kid in town, Lucas Nickle, takes out his frustration on the innocent ant hill in his yard. But the industrious ants will only take so much. Retaliating, they shrink Lucas down to their size and give him a taste of "colony life!"Here, in a strange new world, Lucas learns about true friendship, gains a whole new perspective on life, and ultimately finds the courage to stand up for himself in this witty and heartwarming story of a young boy on a remarkable journey.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Sometimes inventive and witty, this animated adventure into an ant-sized world is a pleasant diversion.
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Anna Smith

Kiddie-friendly toilet humour, a whiff of suspense and familiar voice actors make it passably ente...

June 21, 2017
Philadelphia Inquirer
Steven Rea

... unnecessary ...

June 21, 2017
Miami Herald
Peter Debruge

... The Ant Bully is just a great ride, but all that moralizing diminishes the fun of feeling ant-...

June 21, 2017
Detroit Free Press
Terry Lawson

If the Ant Bully story is generic, it is never plodding. It zips along quite nicely, aided by the...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Cute animated movie has messages of compassion, teamwork.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Ant Bully has some scenes that might be scary for very young kids -- particularly some menacing spiders, frogs, wasps, and fly swatters. Bullies try to wipe out entire civilizations (the ants), and main character Lucas is in constant danger after being shrunk down to ant size. There's also name-calling, a little bit of iffy language (including "crap" and "butt," and some bodily function jokes. While characters start out selfish and focused on revenge, lessons are learned, and ultimately the movie has messages of compassion, loyalty, and teamwork.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Comedy, Drama, Family
  • Release Date:July 28, 2006
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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