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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 »

Director:

Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)

Star:

Pinto Colvig
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
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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Approved

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den dovne græshoppe See more »

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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Grasshopper: Listen. The Good Book says, "The Lord provides, there's food on every tree." I see no reason to worry and work. No, sir.
[spits]
Grasshopper: Not me.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The World Owes Me a Living
Written by Frank Churchill
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Working for a living is for fools
1 September 2013 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

A happy grasshopper dances into town (or undergrowth) playing his happy fiddle. A bunch of ants living in a nearby tree colony are busy syphoning off the treasures of a recently pilfered picnic as the grasshopper takes one of them aside to groom. The ant queen turns up and warns him not be such a carefree renegade as winter is coming soon.

Sure enough, winter does come very quickly and the happy grasshopper is freezing and starving in the snow before he comes knocking on the door of the warm, well-fed ant colony where they nurse him back to health.

Underlying message of the cartoon: if you fail at life just wait until someone gives you a handout.


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