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The Fighting 69½th (1941)

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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Uncredited cast:
... Black Ant / Red Ant Captain / Black Ant General (voice) (uncredited)
Kent Rogers ... Red Ant, Red Ant General (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet ... Vocalists (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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This cartoon is included in the Bonus Cartoons on Disc 2, Volume 6 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection (DVD). See more »

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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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A picnic war
14 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes, Hanna and Barbera and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more now through young adult eyes, thanks to broader knowledge and taste and more interest in animation styles and various studios and directors.

Have a lot of appreciation and admiration for Friz Freleng, while not one of my all-time favourites in animation. His early work was very variable but when on top form and in his prime the best of his work was great and even more. 'The Fighting 69 1/2th' is not one of Freleng's best. It is a very good cartoon though, even there are funnier, wittier and fresher cartoons from him, and saw signs of him finding his feet and settling.

'The Fighting 69 1/2th' may be predictable at times and the momentum could have had more sharpness at times. While there are no misfires, a few gags are not as funny as others and could have had more freshness.

Mel Blanc as always does a fantastic job with the voice work, showing an unparalleled ability to bring individuality to multiple characters. The characters are cute with fun personalities, their interaction is one of 'The Fighting 69 1/2th's' biggest pleasures.

The animation is as always bright and colourful, with lots of smooth movement, imaginative detail in the gags and rich and meticulous detail in the backgrounds. Carl Stalling's music score is as ever high in energy, liveliness, character, lushness and whimsy, and not only is dynamic and fits effortlessly with the action but enhances everything.

What's more, 'The Fighting 69 1/2th' is entertaining, with some amusing wildness, wit and bite starting to show at this point in the dialogue. Plus there are some beautifully timed and animated and imaginative sight gags, that contain some surprises and a lively pace. Luckily the war element is not done in an over-the-top or heavy-handed way.

Overall, definitely worth seeing. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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