The song describes two scenarios where animals do seemingly impossible acts. First, an ant moves a rubber tree plant by itself, then a ram single-handedly destroys a "billion kilowattdam." The desires of these animals are described as "pie in the sky," although the song implies they ultimately accomplish them. The song finishes comparing troubles and hardships and sorrows to balloons; the problem has gone away when the balloon is popped.
English singer Rick Logan recorded a rather short version of the song without any music and with a women's chorus by American actresses Donna Davidson-Medine, Luana Jackman, Susie Stevens-Logan and Bobbi Page for A Goofy Movie in 1995.
A Goofy Movie - Shortly after leaving for a road trip, Goofy puts an 8-track tape of the song into his car stereo and sings along, off-key and out of tune; annoyed by this, his teenage son Max flips the stereo over to a radio station playing loud hard rock music and does air guitar with his hands (which was exactly what he was doing before, until Goofy interrupted). A fight over the music ensues, resulting in the tape and stereo being destroyed.
Antz - The song plays in the first half of the end credits.
Laverne and Shirley - The title characters sing the song in numerous episodes to cheer themselves up when down on their luck.
Rocky Balboa - The original version of the song plays over the loudspeakers when Rocky Balboa enters the ring. He at first doubts when hearing the song that his brother-in-law "Paulie Pennino" has chosen, but later says "He's very good, Sinatra."
Muppets Tonight (episode 207 "Rick Moranis") - While telling Seymour and Pepe that they need to have skill, patience and high hopes, Moranis begins singing the song. However, Seymour interrupts by smashing the ant who later taken in an ambulance prompting Moranis to continue singing including the ant's injury in the lyrics.
Newhart (episode: "What Makes Dick Run") - Larry, Darryl and Darryl sing the song in their play for Stephanie.
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