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The Fighting 69½th (1941)

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A picnic; no humans in sight. Both the red and black ant colonies spot it at the same time. Their scouts get into a fight over the first olive, and of course you know, this means war. The ... See full summary »

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Black Ant / Red Ant Captain / Black Ant General (voice) (uncredited)
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A picnic; no humans in sight. Both the red and black ant colonies spot it at the same time. Their scouts get into a fight over the first olive, and of course you know, this means war. The war features such gags as limburger stink bombs, commando raids on the cake, and a bucket brigade building a sandwich. But the human returns, gathering up everything but one cake. The generals get into another fight trying to divide it. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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18 January 1941 (USA)  »

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The Fighting 69 1/2th  »

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[first lines]
[the black ant and the red ant are fighting over an olive]
Black Ant: Oh, no you don't.
Red Ant: Oh, yes I do.
Red Ant: Oh, no you don't.
Red Ant: Oh, yes I do.
Black Ant: Oh, no you don't.
Red Ant: Oh, yes I do.
Black Ant: You don't!
Red Ant: I do!
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War...what is it good for? Cartoons, that's what!
3 November 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

One of the many one-shot cartoons released by Warner Bros. but not well remembered - it only recently got released as part of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 6 - "The Fighting 69 1/2th" portrays two groups of ants who go to war over a picnic blanket. Well, that's more justifiable than launching a war against a sovereign country just to gain control of its resources. The formic armies use pieces of food as weapons; that's better than nuclear weapons, right? The attempted negotiations don't go so well; not even Sergio Vieira de Mello could have helped these ants.

Long story short, wars fought by cartoon characters look much more pleasant than wars turn out to be in real life. Friz Freleng's cartoon

  • stripped of its opening credits in the Blue Ribbon reissue - is
pretty entertaining. Not a masterpiece, but worth seeing.


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