The Ant Bully (film)

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The Ant Bully is a 2006 American computer animated film written and directed by John A. Davis based on the 1999 children's book of the same name by John Nickle.

The battle for the lawn is on.(taglines)


  • [Trying to get his potion to work] I Zoc, call upon the ancient elements. The wind that blows, rain that falls, fire that burns. Deliver your awesome power and transform my potion. Clacktiel. [Bangs the fire crystals against each other and sees that nothing has happened]
  • [repeated line] A wizard knows no such word.
  • [First words to Lucas] Human! Come with us!
  • This is our enemy. They do not save ants, they kill ants. He very nearly killed me [sighs] or does that not matter to you?
  • [To Lucas] Calling a human "friend". I thought that impossible, until you came. [Lucas says to him "A wizard knows no such word."] Very true. Here. [He gives to Lucas the potion that will make him big again]. But just wait until you're outside, before you drink it.
  • Yay, he saved us! Oh, it's so obvious, I was so dumb! Praise the Destroyer! Wake up! He saved himself. The rest of us just... just got in the way.


  • [after entering Lucas' house] And to think that all of this is made with your own poop! Nice.
  • [repeated line] For queen and colony.


  • [To Lucas] Ya know? Now that you mention it you do look soft and chewy, but I promised the queen I wouldn't.
  • [Trying to communicate to Lucas] Hello... we mean you... no harm.

Lucas Nickle[edit]

  • What you gonna do about it, ants? Nothing. 'Cause I'm big, and you're small.


[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.

1st Ant: Hey! Hey, what are you doing?
2nd Ant: Yeah, this is sleeping chamber. Go to sleep.
1st Ant: Don't make me come up there!
Zoc: I'm so sorry. But I must have the final ingredient for my potion. Now what's more impotent? Me completing my life's work for the salvation of the colony- which includes you guys- or your sleep?
1st Ant: Sleep I'm going with sleep.
2nd Ant: Yeah, the second one.
Zoc: Well then I will try to be very quiet.
[With his staff, Zoc explodes the rock that he's on which makes some debris fall onto the sleeping ants.]
1st Ant: That's it. I'm coming up there. [A large rock suddenly lands on his head, making him unconscious]

Zoc: [trying to get his potion to work] I Zoc, call upon the elements. The wind that blows, rain that falls, fire that burns. Deliver your awesome power and transform my potion. Clackteil. [bangs fire crystals together but nothing happens, except they just smoke]
Hova: [clapping for Zoc] Yay. That was great, sweetie. I loved the smoke effect. [To Spindle] Didn't you Spindle
Zoc: Craznocks!. [To fire crystal] Yooouuu... rock. Curse upon your children.
Hova: I don't think rocks have children, honey.
Zoc: [Throws fire crystal to the ground] They won't now.
Hova: Okay, what's the matter?
Zoc: Hova, the potion is supposed to change color. It's not changing color! IT’S NOT CHANGING COLOR! [Grabs two more fire crystals] I call upon the wind, rain et cetera, transform my potion and Clacktiel! [once again nothing happens, just smoke.] URRRRGH!!! [he angrily bangs them against each other a few more time] CLACKTIEL! CLACKTIEL! TICK-CLACKITY-CLACK!
Hova: Oh, maybe you're pronouncing it wrong.
Zoc: How could I pronounce it wrong? I made it up!

Head of Council: Human. You have been brought before the council to face judgment for crimes against the colony. Read the charges.
Council Guard: "This human-destructor beast hereafter referred to as Peanut the Destroyer did willfully and with malice aforethought crush the food-storage chambers flood all of the lower hatching chambers and douse the colony with the dreaded yellow rain."
Lucas: Hey, come on, I had to go.
Head of Council: [Banging Drums] Sentencing of the human will be handed down by the queen herself.
[The ants bowed as the Queen Ant appears]
Queen Ant: Greetings, my children... and to our unusual guest. A human that threatens the very existence of our colony.
Lucas: Wait a second. Wait, wait, wait. Time out. How was I supposed to know ants have feelings or families or trials? You're just a bunch of stupid ants.
Ant #1: Destroy the destroyer!
Ant #2: Throw him in the pit!
Little Ant: Let's eat him!
Zoc: No, wait. We are not mindless savages. This human should be studied. And then we'll eat him.
Ants: [Chanting] Eat! Eat! Eat! Eat! Eat!
Head of Council: ORDER! ORDER! [Banging Drums]
Queen Ant: Be still, be still. Tonight, we have a choice. We could destroy this human and make safe this day. Or we could change the nature of his human and perhaps create a brighter future for all ants. I therefore send the human to live and work in the colony to learn our ways. He must become an ant.
Lucas/Zoc: What?!
Zoc: No. No, my queen. What if he does not become an ant? Okay, I mean, come on.
Queen Ant: That would be regrettable.
Zoc: But - But who will teach him our ways?
Hova: I will.
Zoc: Hova?
Queen Ant: It is done. Let us continue our work.
Lucas: That's it? How long am I gonna be like this? I want to go home! Wait! It's inhuman!
Head of Council: Yes. It is.

Hova: Cross my heart. I will not eat you.
Lucas: I said cross your heart, not your butt.
Hova: I just did. See? Did it again. [to herself] Strange custom.

Kreela: What are you doing? Why aren't you grabbing the red ones?
Fugax: Well, it's actually quite simple sugar-lips. I hate the red ones.
Kreela: Well, I love the red ones.
Fugax: Hate them.
Kreela: I love them.
Fugax: Hate them.
Kreela: Love them.
Fugax: Hate them.
Kreela: Love them.
Fugax: Believe me, you find me attractive.
Kreela: What?!
Fugax: Oh, how you tease me with that sweet talk. [barks at her slovenly]
Kreela: Oh. You want some sweet talk? [grabs Fugax by the antennas] 'Cause I'll give you some sweet talk. Now grab a red one before I pull these off.
Fugax: Whoa, I need those.

Zoc: [stops Lucas from going in the ant hill] Hi, there. How are you?
Lucas: Okay.
Zoc: Okay? That's good. It's good to be okay. Listen, I just want to show you something if that's okay with you. [brings a potion out and shows it to Lucas] You know what this is? This is the potion that will make you big again. I just wanted you to take a good long look at it, because this is the last time you will ever see it.
Lucas: [stammers] Wha- What do you mean?
Zoc: I mean, there is no way I'm ever making you big again. Ever. [serious] You are a threat to every ant in this colony. Especially to Hova.
Lucas: But I would never do anything to hurt her. I just-I-I just want to go home.
Zoc: Well, if I were you, I'd go find help someplace else, because there is nothing for you. [The crystal on Zoc's staff starts to glow] Nothing. [Lucas stumbles backwards while Zoc stares at him sternly].

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 led you into a trap, Hova.
Hova: There was no trap. He led 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]


  • The battle for the lawn is on.
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