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A shy twelve-year-old becomes a superhero after being bitten by a very special ant, in this delightful comedy-adventure based on the popular children’s books by Kenneth Bøgh Andersen.
The appeal of comic book superheroes
is universal, and in his first feature film,
Antboy, Danish director Ask Hasselbalch
has found the right mix of action, charm,
thrills, and spills to entertain a young,
In a small Danish town, twelve-year-old
Pelle (Oscar Dietz) leads a dreadfully dull
life. Seemingly invisible to his classmates — he doesn't even get picked on — he spends his
days crushing on Amanda (Cecilie Alstrup
Tarp), who doesn't know he exists.
When he accidentally gets bitten by a
very special ant, Pelle can feel his body
changing. He finds he has powerful new
abilities, which he tries desperately to
hide from everyone including his parents.
It's only when Wilhelm (Samuel Ting
Graf ), his nerdy, comic-obsessed classmate,
confronts him about his incredible
strength that he acknowledges something
mysterious has happened. Pelle confides in
Wilhelm and enlists him to help discover
the extent of his superpowers (and weaknesses),
leading to the creation of his secret
superhero identity: Antboy!
Pelle admirably uses his powers to do
good, quickly becoming front-page news,
but is reluctant to accept his new destiny
as a superhero. On the one hand, as Antboy he is no longer invisible — his classmates,
especially Amanda, love him. However,
when a villain named Flea (Nicolas Bro)
begins to terrorize his town, Pelle reluctantly
realizes that he must mature into
a new and extraordinary role. With great
power comes great responsibility, but will
Pelle discover in time that sometimes your
uniqueness is your greatest strength?
Based on the popular children's books
by Danish author Kenneth Bøgh Andersen,
this superhero story soars on every level,
with a young cast who injects energy and
fun into every action-packed scene.
This film is suggested for ages 8 and up.
N.B. Minor language, physical violence
Antboy will be presented in Danish with
- Ask Hasselbalch
- Ask Hasselbalch was born in Denmark
and graduated from the acclaimed
Danish film school Super16. He has
directed numerous music videos, the
short films You're the Best (08) and
The Other Side (09). Antboy (13) marks
his feature debut.