The Gay Anties

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The Gay Anties
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Friz Freleng
Produced by Edward Selzer (uncredited)
Story by Michael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling (uncredited)
Animation by Ken Champin
Gerry Chiniquy
Manuel Perez
Virgil Ross
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Hawley Pratt
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) February 15th, 1947
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6 minutes 22 seconds
Language English

The Gay Anties is a Merrie Melodies cartoon short, produced by Warner Bros., directed by Friz Freleng and written by Michael Maltese and Tedd Pierce, and released February 15, 1947.


A colony of ants surreptitiously invade a young couple's park picnic in the 1890s and contrive to steal their food. The gags include a scene in which the ants, frustrated three times in their efforts to make off with a sandwich, spread mustard on the back of the girlfriend's hand and trick the boyfriend into biting it, and one in which a female ant sings an overly melodramatic song ("Time Waits for No One") which gets the other ants to run for cover.

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