The bearded, friendly and casually nerdy John A. Davis graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1984 with a BFA in film production, and received an award for outstanding graduating senior in film. He later wrote and directed the Christmas television special Santa vs. the Snowman (1997) and served as animation director on a second holiday special, Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999). In 2001, he made his first feature film, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature and spawned a TV series. The Ant Bully, which opens wide this week, is his second feature film, starring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell, Meryl Streep, Regina King, Ricardo Montalban, Cheri Oteri, Lily Tomlin and Zach Tyler.
Jeffrey M. Anderson: Let's start by talking about one of my favorite people: Bruce Campbell, who is very good in this.
John A. Davis: He's light on his feet. I've always been a fan of his.