The Fighting 69½th
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: January 18, 1941
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Jack Miller
Animation: Gil Turner
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
Preceded By: Porky's Snooze Reel
Succeeded By: Sniffles Bells the Cat
The Fighting 69½th (1941) Leon Schlesinger Studios

The Fighting 69½th (1941) Leon Schlesinger Studios

The Fighting 69½th is a 1941 Merrie Melodies short 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.



  • Versions of this cartoon airing on Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang in the United States has a brief scene featuring a Rochester-like black ant with white lips that was removed due to the scene being stereotypical to blacks (the black ant's appearance is similar to those of blackface actors of the time the cartoon was created).[1][2]


  • "The Fighting 69½th's" second re-release ending card was never released on any home video format, but the re-release ending titles do exist on the censored a.a.p. print.
  • The cartoon was reissued twice, once in the 1943-44 season, evident from red background blue Color Rings, and once in the 1952-53 season, evident from red background green rings, and the "THE END" in Lydian font ending title. As such, the original 1941 opening and ending title cards and the credits are lost due to the Blue Ribbon reissues. Additionally, the opening and Blue Ribbon title card from the re-release in 1944 was lost due to a second re-release.
  • The EU 1995 Dubbed print replaces the original ending music cue with 1941-55 ending music theme.


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