My kids wanted me to purchase this DVD even though I wasn't quite enthused on getting it since it release date. After watching this with the kids it turned out to be better than what I expected. I was rewarded with a simple movie that looks great and delivers a simple message. It also turned out to have enough action sequences in it to keep things interesting,and minimum scary moments for the younger ones. Even though it's been eight years after "Antz" and "A Bug's Life" went head to head, Warner Bros pitches in with an alarmingly uninspired addition to the computerised insect genre. Indeed, from the little boy who gets shrunk to creepy-crawly size (James And The Giant Peach) to the malevolent exterminator sent to wipe him out (Over The Hedge), and forced to live inside an ant colony to realize the error of his ways. With that being said there's little John A Davis' adaptation of John Nickle's kiddies' book we haven't seen before.
What makes "The Ant Bully" stand out to me, is its departure to a few elements which have become staple to recent animated flicks. Gone here are the pop songs played during the movie, or characters breaking out into song and dance. While jokes are still incorporated, it's more witty than slapstick, and there is a severe lack of references to current pop culture, which I thought was a refreshing change. However, there was only one sequence which reminded me of Star War's X-Wing fighters and their attack on the Death Star, right down to the same plot details of having just 1 shot down a shaft to take out the enemy. Secondly the voice cast mainly, Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep proving no Hollywood star is immune to the painless cash injection these pics provide. And yes, Paul Giamatti is good value as the cigar-chomping pest guy whose heaving bulk becomes the amusing backdrop for a climactic aerial battle.
Try not to be put off by the animation similarities to "Antz." By itself, there isn't any flaws in the graphics, which turned out superbly when watched in a digital format. Its storyline will be able to engage you, even though at first glance it might seem a little simple at a superficial level. "Ant Bully" is a good movie that makes one learns valuable lessons about friendship, compassion, teamwork and loyalty that will serve for the rest of life while having the courage to stand up for oneself no matter what the odds!