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The Ant Bully (2006)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 72 | Rotten: 43

Sometimes inventive and witty, this animated adventure into an ant-sized world is a pleasant diversion.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 13

Sometimes inventive and witty, this animated adventure into an ant-sized world is a pleasant diversion.



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A kid who hates ants finds himself living among the six-legged critters in this computer-animated comedy-adventure. Lucas Nickle (voice of Zach Tyler Eisen) is a ten-year-old boy whose family has just moved to a new town, and Lucas isn't enjoying it much -- he hasn't made any friends yet, his big sister ignores him, his parents (voices of Larry Miller and Cheri Oteri) are occupied with their upcoming vacation in Mexico, and his loving but slightly crazy grandmother (voice of Lily Tomlin) is


Drama, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy

Nov 28, 2006


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All Critics (121) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (43) | DVD (18)

Kiddie-friendly toilet humour, a whiff of suspense and familiar voice actors make it passably entertaining, but there's little warmth or emotional satisfaction to be had from its cynical characters.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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... unnecessary ...

July 28, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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... The Ant Bully is just a great ride, but all that moralizing diminishes the fun of feeling ant-sized yourself and being immersed in Lucas's incredible adventures.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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If the Ant Bully story is generic, it is never plodding. It zips along quite nicely, aided by the especially well-constructed action sequences.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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[It's] a rousing adventure capped with just the right measure of sweetness... John A. Davis shows heaps of invention.

July 28, 2006
Chicago Reader
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[T]he movie certainly means well, and its worthwhile message (teamwork is good, selfishness is bad) should penetrate the brains of kids old enough to stay in their seats and pay attention to it.

July 28, 2006
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Cute animated movie with a message for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's a fun adventure fantasy, and I was never bored...

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

While the animation, particularly in the action set pieces, is indeed well done, it's nothing revolutionary nor imaginative that stands out from the rest in this CG-feature-a-week marketplace.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source:

Isn't clever or inventive enough to make up for its repetitive and lackluster storytelling.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

One of those animated features you can enjoy even without a kid by your side.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's imaginative and amusing with its engaging characters and nicely crafted animation, even though the ants themselves are visually the least interesting ... Uplifting and bright.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Ten year old Lucas Nickle ( the voice of Zach Tyler Eisen) stomps an anthill after an encounter with neighborhood bullies. With the help of a magic potion, the ants shrink the boy down to their size. The insects are about to get even and Lucas will learn

September 6, 2006

...this visually arresting story of a young geek's friendship with some enterprising ants isn't as compelling in the script department.

August 31, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

The film acknowledges that faith is an important part of our social fabric, and if the film has any moral lessons to pass on, it implicitly roots them in a spiritual foundation.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

The new computer-animated movie, "The Ant Bully," knows a few things about bullies, most of which we already know--all of which bear repeating.

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Even without too much sentimentality, and without any musical numbers, this is a fun-filled animated masterpiece that should only be seen in 3-D and on a 70-foot screen.

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

Besides keeping us entertained and occasionally thrilled, there's a nice sense that the film is actually saying something.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Enjoyable, brightly animated adventure with strong characters, superb gags and a script that isn't afraid to throw in a spot of political subtext.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Writer-director John A Davis has one or two nice touches, but the film is disposable.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's not that Bully bugged me. It just never managed to fly.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source:

Just another bug movie.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

It all seems very workaday.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

As kiddie entertainment it works well, with simple humour and lots of action. But there's not a lot to appeal to any accompanying adults.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It does have a spunky pace and the clever humor Davis' team brought to the Jimmy Neutron movie and TV series.

August 9, 2006 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for The Ant Bully

A brave move making another 'Bug' film so soon after Antz and A Bug's Life. It also had to do battle with Author and the Invisibles if I recall although that was just bad luck. I'll be honest and say I didn't think it was very clever, for every good idea there were 5 bad ones. Being small should have been enough to work with, sure it has been done before so if you're going to go down that route, make sure you up the ante (pun not intended) and not just make up stupid stuff like Ant magic etc. I liked the bit inside the Frog and being a huge fan of his I obviously liked the Bruce Campbell bits but apart from that I will have forgotten this film within a few months.
January 2, 2014

Super Reviewer

A good movie for the children. Although I enjoyed it too.
June 28, 2012
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Super Reviewer

This cartoon is pretty good. Has lessons on being aware of your environment and working together. They didn't bother with trivialities like the ant colony having only female ants, etc.
May 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Stan Beals: Stan Beals is the name.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Zoc: Away, monster! Or I shall use my powers to destroy you!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Zoc: Hova, the potion is supposed to change color. It's not changing color! IT'S NOT CHANGING COLOR!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Lucas Nickle: What you gonna do about it, ants? Nothin'. Because I'm big, and you're small!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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