The Ant Bully

The Ant Bully (ISBN 0590395912) is a 1999 children's book drawn and written by John Nickle. It is about a young boy named Lucas Nickle (also known as Peanut the Destroyer), who is the title character in the book and who likes to torment ants. It was later adapted into a computer-animated film of the same name by John A. Davis, produced by Legendary Pictures and DNA Productions for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win & 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.8
Metacritic:
59
Rotten Tomatoes:
63%
PG
Year:
2006
88
$28,100,000
Website
1,391 Views

[the teaser trailer begins as the bell rings for the interview]

Interviewer:
Okay, auditioning for The Ant Bully, the role of terrified ant number 1,697.

[takes a cut, lying the quarter on the ground]

Female Ant:
Run! Run for your lives! Destroyer is coming! I am terrified! [wailing, throwing the paper]

Interviewer:
Thank you.

Male Ant 1:
It is destroya. Come with me if you want to leave.

Male Ant 2:
Inspecto Petronum!

Interviewer:
[chuckling] Wrong movie.

Beetle:
Run! Run, I say!

Interviewer:
Uh, pardon me.

Bettle:
Uh, what?

Interviewer:
You're not an ant, are you?

Bettle:
I can do ant.

Interviewer:
I'm sorry. We need a red ant.

Beetle:
I can do ant!

[cut to the beatboxer ants]

Beatboxer Ant 1:
You want me at number 1697! I'm gonna send this destroya straight to heaven!

Beatboxer Ant 2:
You better believe that! Eenie-weenie, weenie-uh.

Beetle:
Oh, no! The destroya was come to destroy me, because I'm ant, now!

Interviewer:
It is me. Did you just paint yourself red?

Beetle:
No! [the red paint falls on the quarter] Yes.

Interviewer:
Yeah, listen. The movie is called The Ant Bully.

Beetle:
What about the bully role? I can do real me. Watch this. Yo!

Interviewer:
I'm sorry, I'm sorry. The bully role has been cast already.

Beetle:
Oh. To who?

[the interviewer clears throat, pointing the hand, then looking up at Lucas from toe to head]

Beetle:
Hey, you're just a little kid! Aren't you the cutest thing?

[he begins to step on the red Beetle on the quarter]

Beetle:
Oh my goodness.

[the title card appears]

Beetle:
I'm okay!

[he steps on the red bettle and the quarter]

Beetle:
Cut.

Hova:
[sees Zoc coming in humming happily to himself but doesn't see Lucas] Where's Lucas?

Zoc:
Isn't he with you?

Hova:
[confused] No.

Zoc:
Lucas? Lucas? Huh, that's weird. Well, he's probably off destroying some other poor, unfortunate colony. You know how they are, destroyers.

Hova:
Zoc, what did you do?

Zoc:
Wha-what did I do?

Hova:
Where is he?

Zoc:
He's gone. [Hova runs out to look for him but Zoc stops her] He lead you into a trap, Hova.

Hova:
There was no trap. He lead us to food, he was trying to protect us from-from...

Zoc:
From what, Hova? What?

Hova:
From something.

Zoc:
[sarcastically] Oh, something. And I was worried it was from nothing. [angrily] He's blinded you, Hova.

Hova:
[angrily] No, you are the one that's blind. You are so consumed from your hatred for the humans, you only see what you want to see.

Zoc:
Oh, come on.

Hova:
[calmly] Zoc, I see a young pupa, a human learning our ways, becoming part of this colony, becoming an ant.

Zoc:
Impossible.

Hova:
Listen to yourself, Zoc! A wizard knows no such word! So what are you now? [on the verge of tears] Certainly not the ant I love. [walks away from Zoc]

Zoc:
Hova, I did it for you. For the colony.

Hova:
You did it for yourself.

Zoc:
Hova, I... [hesitates not knowing to say]

Fugax:
He won't make it through the night alone.

Kreela:
Fugax, your leg's still broken.

Fugax:
Yeah, well, I still got five good ones. Very good ones.

Kreela:
You know, I think he really was trying to protect us from something. See ya, Zoc. [leaves the room with a heartbroken Zoc]

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