Grasshopper and the Ants (film) Silly Symphony cartoon; released on February 10, 1934. Directed by Wilfred Jackson. When a lazy grasshopper prefers to sing and dance rather than forage like his friends the ants, he learns to regret it when winter approaches. The ants save his life and in return he entertains them with his music. Introduced the song “The World Owes Me a Living, ” sung by Pinto Colvig, who voiced the grasshopper (and also Goofy). The song was published on sheet music.