THE ANT BULLY
Boys Bad: Ants Good
Starring: THE VOICES OF Julia Roberts,
Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep,
Paul Giamatti, Regina King,
Bruce Campbell, and Lili
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: All ages
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: John A. Davis
Executive Producer: Keith Alcorn, Diana Choi
Sachs, Steven Shareshian,
Thomas Tull, and William Fay
Producer: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and
John A. Davis
Writer: John A. Davis
Address Comments To:Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
In the story, a 10-year-old boy named Lucas has just moved to a new city. The bigger boys keep beating him up. He takes out his frustration by stomping on ant hills and flooding them with a garden hose.
One weekend his parents go away for their anniversary. Lucas is left in the care of his grandmother and sister. His grandmother is losing her teeth and, for all practical purposes, has lost her marbles. She believes that space aliens are about to attack her.
The ants appeal to their wizard, Zog, to do something about the ant bully, Lucas. Zog creates a magic potion that turns Lucas ant size. Lucas is brought before the Queen and told that he must learn to live as an ant. He has to suppress his individualism and learn to live in a commune. In the process of this behavioral re-education, Lucas learns that ants are good and people are bad.
Lucas also has to battle wasps. He gets eaten by a frog, a disgusting scene, and he has to join with the ants to destroy the exterminator. In other words, Lucas has to learn how to be a Communist.
Simply, THE ANT BULLY is very preachy. It mocks God. It extols Communism. It also mocks human beings. As such, it also is one of the most politically correct movies of the year. It also lacks any joy or fun. There are a few exciting moments, but they are too few and far between.
In previous animated movies about bugs, ANTZ and A BUG'S LIFE, the message was that the individual and the group are equally important. As such, they solved the political problem of Society versus the Individual in a way reflecting Christian values. They also pointed the way to a solution to the philosophical problem of the Many and the One, or the variety in the universe created by God compared to the unity of God's creation. By the way, God's revelation in Holy Scripture that He is a Holy Trinity, or Triune, also solves these vexing intellectual problems or logical contradictions for us.
ANT BULLY shows that a lot of big stars, creative people and good animation cannot save a mediocre, politically correct anti-human environmentalist screed that violates God's revelation.
Simply, THE ANT BULLY is very preachy. It mocks God. It extols Communism. It also mocks human beings. As such, it also is one of the most politically correct movies of the year, with very strong environmentalist content. It also lacks any joy or fun. There are a few exciting moments, but they are too few and far between.