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The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934)

As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious ants squirrel away massive amounts of food for the winter. With his song, he's able... See full summary »

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As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious ants squirrel away massive amounts of food for the winter. With his song, he's able to convince at least one small ant until the queen arrives and scares him back to work. The queen warns the grasshopper of the trouble he'll be in, come winter. Winter comes, and the grasshopper, near starvation, stumbles across the ants, who are having a full-on feast in their snug little tree. They take him in and warm him up. The queen tells him only those who work can eat so he must play for them. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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10 February 1934 (USA)  »

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Den dovne græshoppe  »

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The Grasshopper is voiced by Pinto Colvig, better known as the voice of Goofy. The song "The World Owes Me a Living" was later used as a theme song of sorts for Goofy. See more »

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Queen Ant: With ants, only those who work may stay. So take your fiddle.
[the grasshopper starts to leave]
Queen Ant: ... and play!
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Featured in Songs of the Silly Symphonies (2001) See more »

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The World Owes Me a Living
Written by Frank Churchill
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Excellent Short
21 December 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934)

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Excellent animated short from Disney has a grasshopper dancing around playing his fiddle while a bunch of ants are hard at work since winter is coming. The ants continue to work as the grasshopper continues to play and before long it's winter and someone is left with no food or shelter. This type of story certainly wasn't anything new or original and it's certainly been borrowed from over the decades but this here is still a lot of fun to watch. For starters, as you'd expect, the animation is of very high quality and it's certainly great fun just to see the beautiful colors and drawings. Another major plus is that the music score is actually quite good and the songs being done by the grasshopper are catchy. Of course, there's a big moral to the story, which comes across perfectly well.


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