Friday, August 04, 2006

The Ant Bully



I had the chance to watch “The Ant Bully” yesterday and it was a time (and money) well spent. Should you have time, I urge you to watch it.

The synopsis is very simple: A young boy threatens an ant colony and then destroys the colony's anthill with a water pistol. When he's shrunk to ant size and sentenced to work in the colony, however, he starts to change his mind about how he treats the little bugs.

A certain part of the movie struck me with deep sense of wistful thinking. It was Zoc the sorcerer and Lucas conversing on top of a mushroom. The towering city was beyond them and Zoc asked what does human do in those “nests.” Lucas nonchalantly replied that every human is a man for himself, that because of differences, humans tend to withdraw from each other living like a single colony of their own. Zoc was appalled. He then compared his colony, their values and what makes them stick together. He said that differences did not divide them apart but helped them realized their own function in the colony which make each ant a vital part of the whole.

Come to think of it, Zoc was right! We must celebrate diversity instead. What a waste of time of trying to make the whole population be molded into one single description. It’s our deep misguided thought of conforming to the popular, majority and safe that needs to be expelled from our psyche.

The ant’s colony proved true—there is really UNITY in DIVERSITY.

Find the ant in you!


14 Comments:

Blogger Jinjiruks said...

aba bakit hindi monster house pinanood mo?

2:45 AM  
Blogger vic said...

I can say with confidence that our society is testament to your theory of what the Ant's colony proved; that you Can Have Unity with Diverstiy. Take a look at our society, we are a country of all the cultures of the world, different colours and languages, encourage by our government to keep and maintain our Diversity and, live equally under and before the law and United for the commmon Good of the Nation. Yeah the ants may have matured long before some society when it comes to Governance.

10:01 AM  
Blogger j said...

hmm..I was just thinking of asking hubby if he wants to watch it :)
good morning Jef, have a great day and weekend!

11:00 AM  
Blogger Ymir said...

wow what a powerful message by an ant. but in order for us to be able to celebrate diversity, we must first learn to be selfless.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous karol said...

hiya jef! =D will watch the movie soon...thanks for the good "review"!

1:00 PM  
Blogger tin-tin said...

hmmm... i hope i can watch it this weekend.

i like what was said in the movie and i hope people will recognize it also :)

11:20 PM  
Blogger jef said...

Jin: Monster House di pa palabas eh but it looks good eh!

Sir Vic: Indeed Ants have proven that their society is far more complex and organize than us.

Jairam: Watch it...guaranteed maganda siya!

Ymir: Ye right man, ants are very selfless creatures which makes them so functional as a group

Karol: Thanks Karol, yep, please watch!

Tin-Tin: Many guys who were at the theater were touched by the scene that I speak about.

12:03 AM  
Blogger Estupidormitorian Neil said...

I haven't watched the movie yet. I'm not a regular moviegoer. For the record, these are the only movies I had pushed through in cinemas (except for a priceless set of pirated VCDs from China):

1. Jurassic Park
2. Aringkingking
3. Batang X
4. Casper
5. Bahay ni Lola

1:13 AM  
Blogger jef said...

Arinkingking...you have got to be kiddin me LOL! You spend a fortune going into a movie theater with that movie hehe!

2:40 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

interesting...i never knew there was so much going on in the movie! there are a lot of ant movies - Antz, etc.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous snglguy said...

Hmm, some movie critics in the US called it mediocre. Anyways, I'd probably wait for it to come out on cable. That would be around next year...

10:42 PM  
Blogger jef said...

Bearette: Yep, and each movie has its own distinct quality.

Snglguy: It's the simplicity that makes the movie great. It delivers its message with such clarity that even a child can understand. That I know is very powerful!

11:17 PM  
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