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The Gay Anties (1947)

The 1890s; a picnic in the park. A man is pitching woo to his girl, while behind them a steady stream of ants is methodically devouring and carting off their food. Some other interludes ... See full summary »

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writers:

Michael Maltese (story), Tedd Pierce (story)
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The 1890s; a picnic in the park. A man is pitching woo to his girl, while behind them a steady stream of ants is methodically devouring and carting off their food. Some other interludes include four ants eating Russian rye bread, then breaking for a Russian dance; a torch singer that sends everyone scurrying for some kind of ear plugs; a chef ant that coordinates the creation of three sandwiches that the humans eat. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1947 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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References Billboard Frolics (1935) See more »

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Time Waits for No One
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Written by Cliff Friend and Charles Tobias
Sung by the singing ant
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One of Fritz Freleng's best cartoons
27 August 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Merrie Melodies were always a big part of my childhood. The Gay Anties is one of my favourites, and one of Fritz Freleng's best cartoons. It is beautifully animated, with luscious colours and backgrounds and the character designs are well-done and very sweet. The music is just wonderful, my favourites being the lyrical opening, the ants' Russian dance and Time Waits for No One, while the dancing is cute and matches the music perfectly, like the horse kicking its legs in the beginning. The Gay Mounties is very funny as well, the ants at the picnic stealing the food while familiar territory was amusing as are the ant's upward skiing struggle, the sandwich constructions, the lady ants' parasol dance and the ants' triumphant return to the anthill but the standout was the Russian dance for me, beautifully characterised and unexpected. I even liked the Time Waits for No One rendition, the song is wonderful and while the singing is like a chipmunk's in a register that may irritate people understandably it is also adorable. The ants are all endearing as well, I usually don't like ants but there are few cartoons around that show ants despite being absolute pests having a sense of cuteness without being overly-so. All in all, one of Freleng's best and one of my favourites as well. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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