Hanks Helps Bring The Ant Bully To The Big Screen
Oscar winner TOM HANKS loved the children's book THE ANT BULLY so much, he sent it to JIMMY NEUTRON director JOHN A DAVIS and told him he had to make the film. Hanks had been reading the book to his young son TRUMAN and thought it would make a perfect children's movie. Davis explains, "It's kind of a picture book. There are not a lot of words to it. Tom sent me the book because he really liked Neutron and wanted to know if I had an idea for a movie." Hanks came on board the film as a producer and convinced celebrity friends including NICOLAS CAGE, JULIA ROBERTS, MERYL STREEP, LILY TOMLIN and PAUL GIAMATTI to provide voices. The film has also been converted to a 3-D version for IMAX theaters. Davis says he hasn't seen the completed version because he has been on the road "but I did catch a screening of the last 10 minutes in Chicago and it blew me away".