The Ant Bully Poster
2006 has not been the year for CG animations. It almost seems like 'once upon a time' when the medium actually guaranteed box office gold and a quality picture. Now, I have finally seen Cars and admit that I dug it and the very, very impressive animation. But, besides that, other animated films have been missing the mark. Take Warner Bros The Ant Bully for example. Due out this weekend and featuring an impressive cast, the film still doesn't have enough story to make it great.
Ant Bully Reviews
Both Variety and THR have gotten their reviews up for The Ant Bully and both agree that the film is par at best.
But despite the Hanks seal of approval and the lure of a stellar voice cast including Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin, the animated version feels anonymously generic and charmlessly mechanical.
Failing to adequately flesh out the characters and the story, the movie is all exoskeleton.
Basically, the biggest problem with "Ant Bully" is that if you're planning on invading "A Bug's Life" and "Antz" turf, you'd be wise to bring something fresh to the picnic table. But writer-director Davis, who created Jimmy Neutron, keeps coming up short on the inventiveness front.
Following the mindset of so many recent CG kidpics -- the gabbier the script, the better -- "The Ant Bully" is lovely to look at but a headache to listen to. Visually dazzling cross between "Antz" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" follows a boy forced to live among insects, with extremely noisy and (there's no other word for it) antic results. Launching the pic on Imax screens day-and-date with its July 28 release, Warner Bros. can expect strong family turnout for its third film of the summer, after "Superman Returns" and "Lady in the Water," produced and co-financed by Legendary Pictures.
Since my expectations have gone down significantly on CG animations since mid-2005, I guess these reviews are to be expected.
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The Ant Bully comes to theatres this Friday, July 28th.
For the promo reel, trailers, posters, movie stills, full synopsis and movie info, go to The
Ant Bully Movie Page.
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