- Movie Reviews
- App Reviews
- Top Tips
- Take Action
Not recommended under 5, PG to 8 (Viol. Scary scenes. Theme)
This topic contains:
|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence and scary visual images.|
|Children aged 5-8||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and theme.|
|Children over the age of 8||Should be ok to see this movie with or without parental guidance.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Ant Bully, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Lonely Lucas Nickle (voiced by Zach Tyler) would like nothing better than to play with the neighbourhood kids but every time he sets foot outside his home he becomes the target of the neighbourhood bully, who believes that his size gives him the right to pick on those who are smaller than he is. Consequently Lucas unleashes his pain and anger on the ant colony in his front garden thereby earning the name The Destroyer.
Determined to save the colony from future attack and total annihilation the ant wizard Zoc (Nicholas Cage) devises a plan that involves shrinking Lucas to the size of an ant and bringing him to justice at the colony’s tribunal. The Queen (Meryl Streep) has a slightly different plan and decrees that Lucas be sentenced to a life of hard labour where he must learn to become an ant before he has any hope of returning home.
Hova, (Julia Roberts) the only ant in the colony that believes there is some good in Lucas, volunteers to help him. At first Lucas is more concerned with helping himself than with learning the ways of the ant, but when their colony and lives are threatened, Lucas begins to see the importance of working together for the common good.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Some children at the younger end of this age group, or those who have been subject to bullying, may be disturbed by the scenes described above.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
It is unlikely that this film would scare or disturb children over the age of thirteen.
None of concern.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
The exterminator smokes a cigar.
The word ‘crap is used a number of times.
There is also a fair bit of name-calling, including the use of Pukis, Loser, and Stupid on a number of occasions.
The Ant Bully is a computer-animated cartoon with excellent graphics and action scenes. It has a very predictable plot but is well cast, and older children will probably enjoy it. The main messages are that even those who appear to have nothing in common can turn out to be very much alike and that the impossible can be accomplished if all work together toward a common goal.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss the issue of bullying and of the having an attitude of ‘every man for himself’.
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
Selecting an age will provide a list of movies with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy movies selected via a lower age.
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age
Children and Media Australia (CMA) is a registered business name of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM).
CMA provides reviews, research and advocacy to help children thrive in a digital world.
ACCM is national, not-for-profit and reliant on community support. You can help.
ABN: 16 005 214 531