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Good Friday Family Movie: The Ant Bully

The Ant Bully

Sunday January 4 at 7.00pm

The Ant Bully

Featuring the voices of: Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti

Director: John A. Davis

A boy is shrunk to the size of an ant to get a taste of his own medicine in The Ant Bully, produced by Tom Hanks.

Friendless and tormented by a neighbourhood bully, the new kid in town, Lucas Nickle, takes out his frustration on the innocent ant hill in his yard in The Ant Bully.

But the industrious ants will only take so much. Retaliating, they shrink Lucas down to their size and give him a taste of 'colony life!'

Here, in a strange new world, Lucas learns about true friendship, gains a whole new perspective on life, and ultimately finds the courage to stand up for himself in this witty story of a young boy on a remarkable journey.

The Ant Bully producer, Tom Hanks, brought the popular children's book of the same name (written by John Nickle) to writer and director John Davis' attention.

"My son came home from kindergarten with a book he had checked out from the library," Hanks said. "I thought it would make a wonderful movie. John Davis' film Jimmy Neutron had just come out then, and I felt the match of his talent with Nickle's story would be perfect."

"What human being hasn't fantasised about being the size of an ant and living in their world," Hanks said. "There's something almost cosy about how they live - we've seen them in our toy ant farms - and the togetherness of the colony seems cheerful when you apply an anthropomorphic sense.

"That makes the story of Lucas' adventures with the ants awfully attractive."