First Look: The Ant Bully
Release Date: August 4, 2006
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: John A. Davis
Screenwriter: John A. Davis
Starring: Jake T. Austin, Nicolas Cage, Alan Cumming, Zach Tyler Eisen,
Paul Giamatti, Myles Jeffrey, Regina King, Cheri Oteri, Julia Roberts,
Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin
Official Website: http://www.theantbully.com/
Synopsis: Poor 10-year-old Lucas Nickle (voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen)
can't get a break. Recently moved to a new city with his family, he hasn't
made a single friend. He gets nothing but grief from his teenage sister
Tiffany (voiced by Allison Mack) and not a whole lot of attention lately
from his parents (voiced by Cheri Oteri and Larry Miller), who are busy
planning their big anniversary weekend trip to Puerto Vallarta. Meanwhile,
his loving but kinda kooky grandmother Mommo (voiced by Lily Tomlin) spends
all her time trying to protect the family from those outer-space aliens
she's been reading about in the grocery store magazines.
To make matters worse, Lucas has become the number one target of local
bully Steve (voiced by Myles Jeffrey), who never misses an opportunity
to push him around.
In turn, Lucas delights in destroying ant hills in his front yard –
venting his frustration on the defenseless mounds of dirt and their tiny
inhabitants by kicking them, stomping them and squirting them with the
But, unbeknownst to Lucas, there is a whole world alive and busy just
under his feet and what he sees as "just a bunch of little
ants" are actually members of a complex society, with names and relationships,
responsibilities and emotions. They're getting mighty tired of having
their homes trampled by Lucas The Destroyer. And they're ready to fight
The magic potion that Wizard Ant Zoc (voiced by Nicolas Cage) has long
been working on is finally finished. One drop in Lucas's gigantic human
ear and he is instantly shrunken down to ant size and taken deep below
the ant hill to be placed on trial.
The Head of the Ant Council (voiced by Ricardo Montalban) proclaims Lucas
guilty of "crimes against the colony." Sentenced by the wise
Ant Queen (voiced by Meryl Streep) to live among the ants and learn their
ways to earn his freedom, Lucas finds himself in an incredible landscape
suddenly teeming with life – and peril – that he never noticed
or even imagined before, and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.
Against Zoc's wishes, his kind-hearted partner, Nurse Ant Hova (voiced
by Julia Roberts), volunteers to mentor the miniaturized human boy. Hoping
to teach Lucas the ways of the colony and help him find that one special
talent he has to contribute, she has her hands full (all six of them)
just keeping him away from trouble and out of the stomachs of greedy frogs
and marauding wasps, with the help of no-nonsense Forager Kreela (voiced
by Regina King) and the garrulous Scout Fugax (voiced by Alan Cumming).
As Lucas adjusts to his most unusual circumstances, he learns valuable
lessons about friendship, compassion, teamwork and loyalty that will serve
him for the rest of his life. He also begins to gain the courage to stand
up for himself no matter what the odds.
Lucas's newfound "ant skills" will be put to the test when he
is called upon to help his new friends defend the colony against certain
annihilation from the local exterminator (Paul Giamatti as the voice of
greasy, growling Stan Beals), in an epic life-and-death struggle waged
on the Nickles' front lawn.
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