25/07/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Following three years of completing concept art for animation studio DNA Productions, in conjunction with Playtone Co. and Warner Bros., New England-based scifi artist Bob Eggleton finally sees his creative talents arrive on the cinema screen in the new animated movie, The Antbully. Due in US theaters 28 July, 2006.
THE ANTBULLY is a 3D animated movie adapted from a children's picture book of the same name written by John Nickle. The film version is written and directed by the creator/director of Academy Award nominated movie JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS, John A. Davis. Producing the ant epic is Tom Hanks of Playtone Co. and Gary Goetzman (The Polar Express). Voice actors include: Nicholas Cage (Zoc), Julia Roberts (Hova), Paul Giamatti (Stan Beals), Meryl Streep (the Queen ant), Ricardo Montalban (Ant Council Elder); Regina King (Kreela), Bruce Campbell (Fugax), and Zach Tyler Eisen as Lucas Nickle, the Antbully himself.
Lucas Nickle is the new kid on the block and gets regularly picked on by the neighborhood bully and his small team of wannabe toughs. Feeling frustrated and left out, Lucas takes his anger out on an anthill in his front yard. During a precipitous weekend while his parents are away, his teenage sister is self indulgently oblivious, and his grandmother Mommo a bit on the eccentric side as a babysitter, the ants get revenge on Lucas in a way that he never imagined. Ant wizard Zoc uses a powerful potion to reduce Lucas to ant size so he can be punished for his heinous crimes against the colony. Instead, on a wild adventurous ride, Lucas learns to become one of them and helps the beleaguered ants against other, more deadly foes.
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