John A. Davis
The stupid focus of the plot aside, the movie also suffers from being done one too many times. There were moments during THE ANT BULLY where I almost forgot what I was watching... ANTZ?.. A BUG'S LIFE?... It just doesn't have that special "something" to make it its own. Which is fine. This is a kid's film, after all. The real issue here is whether it will keep them entertained or not, and the answer is yes. There are plenty of fun moments in the film that kids are sure to love, especially if they enjoyed the previously mentioned films. Parents, on the other hand, might become numb to the slightly annoying/obnoxious vibe that the movie tends to have (characters shout a lot - it gets bothersome). Personally, I felt the movie was watchable, but I wouldn't have any problem never watching it again.
The voice talent gives a pretty good impression of why this generic production was made - money. And for the most part, it shows. By no real fault of the actors, the characters have pretty much nothing compelling or unique about them. This is a big problem in a movie like this, since most of the great family movies out there base their plots around strong leading characters. Woody and Buzz in TOY STORY, Z and Weaver in ANTZ, etc. - and on the other side of the spectrum, we have characters like Flik in A BUG'S LIFE, a perfect example of a lame central character that only hampered the film. THE ANT BULLY is a movie filled with Flik's. The only three actors who bring any sort of personality to their roles are Nicolas Cage, Bruce Campbell (whoo!), and Paul Giamatti. The rest are just about worthless and completely uninteresting. And although a little harsh, the movie suffers a similar fate.
It Takes a Colony (16:32): This is an interview-filled featurette that is very easy to follow, so even the little ones can enjoy. Surprisingly enough, many of the bigger name stars don't show up to voice their comments, but a few of the voice actors do. While basic and relatively uninformative, this featurette is still moderately entertaining.
Animated Shorts (8:20): Basically, these are just 7 promotional pieces. They show short little animated sketches that vary off THE ANT BULLY's storyline. I found them to be a little irritating and obnoxious, but kids will probably enjoy them.
Additional Scenes (11:20): There are ten scenes, some of which are presented in semi-finished form, others in animatic and storyboard form. Surprisingly enough, these are enjoyable to watch.
Ant Habitat: A sort of useless but amusing TV screensaver that shows an ant farm with various gags taking place.
Also included is the Theatrical Trailer.