Run time: 89mins

Directors: Hélène Giraud, Thomas Szabo

Synopsis: In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned spark warfare between two tribes of ants. At stake is a box of sugar. A bold young ladybug finds himself caught in the middle of the battle. He befriends one of the black ants, Mandible, and helps him to save the anthill from the assault of the terrible red ant warriors, led by the fearful Butor.


Directed by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo, who also teamed up on the TV series of the same name, this highly unusual French-Belgian animated sound-film was a success at festivals across the world.

The story is told without dialogue – except for the squeaks and toots of ants and ladybugs – and uses a stunning technique with animated insect creatures in the real world setting.

This epic adventure at ground level beautifully showcases what can happen when a group of small comrades unite together to achieve one big goal. Its hyper-realistic style uses classic cinema storytelling traditions and it will appeal to all ages through its fun and imagination.

Will the power of friendship and determination be enough, so that Mandible and the ladybug can save their home from the dreaded enemies?

Even in the world of bugs and insects, everything has a purpose and order. This is the case in a little meadow in the forest, where the various tiny creatures happily go about their lives, and everyone knows their place.

Imaginative, funny and cute, with a great musical score from Hervé Lavandier, Miniscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is an interesting antidote to the traditional animated insect-centric CGI films.

Showing exclusively at Vue Cinemas

Images courtesy of LIONSGATE UK