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YMMV / The Ant Bully

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  • Anvilicious: The message about working together regardless of differences.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Fugax. Even the most negative reviews singled out Bruce Campbell for praise regarding his performance.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Working together regardless of differences is quite a valid aesop, but more than a few reviewers pointed out how Lucas was taught to conform to the point of not being an individual. Negative reviews went as far as to call the movie Communist propaganda or a Hezbollah training video.
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  • Fridge Brilliance: Lucas seems to get Super Strength and climbing ability for no reason. But if a person were shrunk that small, the Square-Cube Law would cause him to become proportionally stronger, and he'd probably be able to get his fingers into smaller cracks to climb up seemingly smooth surfaces!
  • Funny Moments: The auditions for terrified ant #1697.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There's a kid wearing a helmet seen in the crowd cheering on the bully who gives Lucas an atomic wedgie. Lucas is voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen, and Helmet Boy is voiced by Jake Goldberg. In other words, it's Pablo getting bullied by his replacement.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Lucas Nickle. Thankfully, he got better.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Beals crosses the line between doing his job and outright sadism. He loves killing bugs and he taunts Lucas into signing the contract just so he can kill a bunch of ants.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The wasp attack on the caterpillar herd, largely because of the wasps' menacing designs and the (impressively) creepy voice acting behind them (particularly the wasp that stalks Lucas in the grass)
    • The frog's stomach scene, along with a healthy amount of Mood Dissonance: BURRRRRP


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