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Completely Different Title - In Sweden, the film was infamously misstranslated as "Spindlarna" ("The Spiders").
Executive Meddling - Was going to be in color and 3D before the studio got cold feet. This could be argued to have been a good thing, as the planned color of the ants (green) could have been Nightmare Retardant.
Follow the Leader - This film owes a bit to and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms , and was, itself, the inspiration for countless subsequent movies about big bugs, none of which were anywhere near as good as the three aforementioned films, and most of which wound up on Gojira .
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Hey, It's That Guy! - one reason this is one of the best giant monster movies from the 1950s.
That's James Whitmore as state policeman Peterson.
There's Santa Claus as the not-so-mad scientist with the answers.
And Marshall Matt Dillon leading the FBI against the ants.
With Spock making a cameo appearance as a USAF sergeant who doesn't believe reports of ant-shaped "flying saucers".
And perhaps most famously, Davy Crockett himself is locked in the nut house following a run in with the ants.
Science Marches On: Ants, at least ones in America, don't make noise; in the 1950s, this was a point of debate among entomologists, as ultrasonic microphones of the needed sensitivity didn't exist. Forgiveable today by the Rule of Scary as the sound is very chilling.