|The Fighting 69 ½th|
The Fighting 69 ½th is a 1941 cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.
The title is a reference to the 1940 Warner Brothers war film "The Fighting 69th."
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.
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).
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