This retelling of the classic "Ant and the Grasshopper" fable concerns Porky, a conscientious, hard-working farmer, and the lazy bear and dog who live in a nearby homestead. Porky works hard all summer, plowing his land and singing, "As You Sow, So Shall Ye Reap", while the bear, his dog and the other animals on his farm waste their time loafing, sitting, and singing "Working Can Wait".
When winter sets in, Porky has plenty to eat, while the bear and dog are left with no food. Crazed by hunger, the bear pursues the dog with intent to dine on him when they look in Porky's window and see all the food. The loafers arrive at Porky's front door looking for a handout; Porky, following the maxim of "Love Thy Neighbor," reluctantly feeds them. The well-fed bear reflects on how he's learned his lesson, and he and the dog gratefully vow to change their lazy ways. However, the first day of spring finds him back on his porch, banjo in hand, to squander another summer. The bear and the dog sing the same old tune.
- Sunset Productions (1955-1968)
- Porky Pig and Friends (1968-1990) redrawn colorized
- Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon (1988-1989 redrawn colorized; 1994-1999 computer colorized)
- Merrie Melodies Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends [Syndication and Fox] (1990-1994) computer colorized
- Acme Hour [Cartoon Network] (1999-2003) redrawn colorized
- The Bugs and Daffy Show [Cartoon Network] (1999-2004) redrawn colorized
- Late Night in Black and White [Cartoon Network] (1999-2002)
- The Porky Pig Show [Boomerang] (2000-2002) redrawn colorized
- The Looney Tunes Show [Cartoon Network] (2001-2004) redrawn colorized
- Looney Tunes on Boomerang (2003-2005 redrawn colorized; 2019-present Streaming)
- Bugs Bunny and Friends [Me-TV] (2021-present)
- Sunday Night Cartoons [Me-TV +] (2021-present)
- This was the first cartoon in the Looney Tunes series to use the 1941-45 opening and closing version of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" instead of the 1937-40 version.
- This was one of the few black-and-white cartoons from the Sunset Productions/Guild Films package to air on Cartoon Network that still aired with a redrawn-colorized print regularly. Others included "Wholly Smoke", "Jeepers Creepers", "Porky's Pooch", "Daffy's Southern Exposure", and "Puss n' Booty".
- This cartoon entered the public domain in 1969.
- Some prints of the redrawn colorized version use the opening rings from "Dog Tired" or "High Note".