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The Fighting 69½th
Fighting 69
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: January 18, 1941
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Jack Miller
Animation: Gil Turner
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
The Sportsmen Quartet
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Black Ant
Red Ant Captain
Black Ant General
Red Ant
Red Ant General
Vocalists
Preceded By: Porky's Snooze Reel
Succeeded By: Sniffles Bells the Cat
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The Fighting 69½th (1941) Leon Schlesinger Studios

The Fighting 69½th is a 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.

Title

The title is a reference to the 1940 Warner Brothers war film The Fighting 69th.

Plot

A couple is having a picnic in a peaceful forest. Red ants are on one side and black ants on the other. Both sides declare to declare war over the couple, and their picnic basket.

Censorship

On Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang, a brief scene featuring a Rochester-like black ant with white lips is cut due to racial stereotyping to blacks (the black ant's appearance is similar to those of blackface actors of the time the cartoon was created).

Blue Ribbon

The cartoon was reissued twice, once in 1943-44 season, evident from red background blue rings, and once in the 1952-53 season, evident from red background green rings, and THE END end title.

Status of original titles

  • The original 1941 opening and closing credits and titles are lost due to the Blue Ribbon reissues.
  • The original BR ending title from the 1952-1953 reissue is lost forever due to the 1995 dubbed version print released on Laserdisc. However, an a.a.p. print of the cartoon recorded from pre-1995 Cartoon Network USA TV airings does exist on the internet, but is censored to remove a black stereotype (see "Censorship" for more details), evidenced in here: https://vk.com/video-5286402_156054309

Availability

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