Saturday, May 11, 2013

"Ants in the Plants" - Max and Dave Fleischer (1940)

This highly imaginative and colorful cartoon was released in March 1940 by Max and Dave Fleischer. It is a glimpse into the lives of the hardest working insects on the planet; ants. Highly organized and motivated, these little fellows can do more work; and even more damage; to anything they set their little minds upon.

In this tale, the ants are gathered in school and taught about the dangers lurking in the world they inhabit. Chief amongst their concerns are, of course, ant eaters. The ants even have an early warning system in the event of a sudden attack by their natural predator.

A fun cartoon with a little bit of a lesson to it. This cartoon came out in the last days of the Great Depression, and when viewed in that light, the lessons are obvious; stick together and work hard, battling your common enemies. It’s the only way to survive. 

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