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The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934)

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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... See full summary »

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Pinto Colvig ...
Grasshopper (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Den dovne græshoppe  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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 Ink & Paint Club: Infested Silly Symphonies (1998) See more »

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The World Owes Me a Living
Written by Frank Churchill
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Despite missing the point of the original tale, it is enjoyable and fun.
16 November 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When this cartoon begins, you'll no doubt notice that it's the voice of Goofy (Pinto Colvig) playing the grasshopper. It's pretty hard not to notice that distinctive voice!

As far as the cartoon goes, it has the usual exceptional color animation you'd expect from a Disney cartoon of the era and there is no comparison between the Disney shorts and those of the nearest competition. Also, unlike some of their Silly Symphonies, this one benefits from having a lot less singing--a definite bonus. What did surprise me, however, is that despite all this wonderfulness and a great timeless story, the script actually changed the ending--and completely changed the moral lesson. Instead of an admonition to work hard lest you die of starvation in hard times, it shows the ants taking pity on the stupid grasshopper and sharing their food. This seems to give the moral lesson that you should reach out to help the lazy! An odd ending indeed. Without this happily ever after sort of ending, it might have earned a 10--it was that good. But the morally questionable ending detracted from what should have been a timeless lesson.


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