The Ant Bully

Theatrical Release: July 28, 2006
DVD Release: November 28, 2006
The Ant Bully


The Ant Bully tells a witty and heartwarming story about a 10-year-old boy who embarks on a remarkable journey. New in town, friendless and tormented by a neighborhood bully, young Lucas Nickle has been taking out his frustration on the innocent ant hill in his yard. But one day the ants retaliate. Using a magic potion, they shrink Lucas down to ant size and sentence him to live like an ant in their colony. In this strange new world Lucas will learn important lessons about friendship, get a whole new perspective on life and ultimately find the courage to stand up for himself. Based on the illustrated children’s book by John Nickle, ‘The Ant Bully’ also features the voices of Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, Paul Giamatti, Alan Cumming, Cheri Oteri and Ricardo Montalban.

Dove Review

This story is very cute. Young Lucas is used to using the water hose on ant hills, but later the ants develop a liquid which can shorten him to their height. When they do, the adventures begin and he learns the ants are really a nice group. Lucas has one challenge above all others – he has been tricked into signing a form for the exterminator to destroy the ants before he was shrunk. Now, he must save them and himself before being restored to his regular height. The pitfalls along the way include being swallowed up by a frog, whose sticky tongue is a lethal weapon. The conclusion wraps everything up nicely and we recommend this film for all ages, with a warning that the very young might be scared by the frog and various creatures attacking the ant world. The characters are delightful and this is a fun film-going experience, approved by Dove.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: There was a "dang," and the word "butt," and Lucas is called "Pukas," by a bully. That's as bad as it gets.
Violence: A kid smacks another kid in the head a few times. Various creatures attack in the ant world.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Lucas' rear is seen for a time when he shrinks and there is a very fast shot of him from the front.
Other: None, unless you count "The Beals A Bug" Pest Control.


Company: Warner Brothers
Director: John A. Davis
Producer: Tom Hanks
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 88 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter