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Ants in the Plants

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Ants in the Plants
Ants in the Plants.jpg
Title card
Directed byDave Fleischer
Produced byMax Fleischer
Story byGeorge Manuell
Music byMusical arrangement:
Sammy Timberg
Uncredited musical director:
Winston Sharples
Animation byCharacter animation:
Myron Waldman
George Moreno
Layouts byUncredited character layout:
Myron Waldman
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
March 15, 1940 (along with Women Without Names)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Ants in the Plants is a Technicolor cartoon created by Fleischer Studios and originally released into theaters on March 15, 1940, by Paramount Studios.[1] It was produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer; animators were Myron Waldman and George Moreno. Music for the cartoon was composed by Sammy Timberg.[2][3] It was part of the Fleischer Studios series Color Classics produced by the studio between 1934 and 1941.[4]

Summary

The plot involves a wicked anteater that is a constant threat to an ant colony. The ants have been warned by their queen ant to prepare for an attack by this long-time enemy. She says to them, "He's a menace. He's a brute. He will scoop you with his snoot." Therefore, they are expecting the assault, and they have focused on a military defense, such as preparing fortifications, compiling munitions in their fortress, and generally becoming ready for war. Their plan for the anteater's impending invasion is to make him yell, “Uncle!” The military units of the ants are led by the queen ant who rides a snail, but the anteater takes many ant casualties, forcing the ant colony to rethink its strategy. Ultimately, the ants decide to abandon their modern military tactics, and after resorting to the Sewer Side Squad, they wrathfully swarm the anteater.

Analysis

The cartoon's emphasis on preparedness for war and tactics of armament has led to its being characterized as a "war allegory", the only one of the 10 cartoons released in 1940 that is considered war-related and called thus, because of its militaristic tone.[3] Since it was released during the Phoney War, some have speculated that it refers to France's Maginot Line.[3]

Reception

One reviewer of Ants in the Plants said: "Life in the village of the ants. Impressive cartoon with great battle scenes."[5] Animation historian Charles Solomon, however, considers it "painfully unfunny".[6]

Availability

All 36 cartoons, including Ants in the Plants, were released in 2003 on the DVD Somewhere in Dreamland: The Max Fleischer Color Classics.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 66-67. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ Ants In The Plants Cast & Crew List at Big Cartoon DataBase
  3. ^ a b c Shull, M. S.; Wilt, D. E. (2004). Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939–1945. McFarland. pp. 14, 37, 98. ISBN 0-7864-1555-X.
  4. ^ Color Classics Theatrical Cartoon List at Big Cartoon DataBase
  5. ^ Borowiec, Piotr (1998). Animated Short Films. Scarecrow Press. p. 20. ISBN 0810835037.
  6. ^ Solomon, Charles (1989). The History of Animation; Enchanted Drawings. Alfred A. Knopf. p. 80. ISBN 0394546849.
  7. ^ Treadway, Bill (2003). Review for Somewhere in Dreamland: The Max Fleischer Color Classics DVD "Somewhere In Dreamland: The Max Fleischer Color Classics". Archived from the original on 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2013-03-08.. Retrieved March 8, 2013.

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