Creator: DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
David Hudson DePatie and Isidore "Friz" Freleng founded this animation studio in 1963 after Warner Bros. shut down its animation department. Their first collaboration was the opening titles to Blake Edwards' comedy-mystery The Pink Panther. The Pink Panther character later starred in a long-running series of short theatrical cartoons released by United Artists (which also released the film), most of which were No Dialogue Episodes. Other theatrical series included The Inspector, Roland and Rattfink, The Ant and the Aardvark, Tijuana Toads, Hoot Kloot, The Dogfather and Misterjaw, all of which are also released by UA. They also produced new Looney Tunes shorts from 1963 to 1967, with the majority of them (at least not the ones outsourced to Format Films) directed by WB veteran Robert McKimson.DePatie and Freleng also produced several Saturday morning cartoons, including Here Comes the Grump, Bailey's Comets (created by DePatie and Freleng "in association with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears"), The Houndcats, The Super 6, Super President (an Old Shame for DePatie; he admitted he was relieved when it was cancelled after one season), What's New, Mr. Magoo?, Baggy Pants and the Nitwits, The Oddball Couple, Return to the Planet of the Apes and The Fantastic Four (1978). They also took the reins for TV adaptations of Dr. Seuss books after Chuck Jones's studio closed down. Their biggest success in TV, however, would come after DFE was sold to Marvel Comics after Freleng retired; renamed Marvel Productions Ltd., the studio produced some of the most famous animated shows of The '80s, including The Transformers, the first few series of G.I. Joe, and Muppet Babies, as well as a considerable amount of Marvel superhero programs.In 1986, as Marvel Comics entered into financial trouble, Marvel Productions was sold to New World Pictures, who renamed it to New World Animation in 1993. Several years later, New World was sold in its entirety to News Corporation, who in turn placed the Marvel/DFE catalog into Saban Entertainment. Saban merged with Fox's Children's Entertainment division that year to form Fox Family Worldwide, Inc. Finally, in 2001, Fox Family Worldwide, Inc. was sold to Disney. Currently, with some exceptions, most of the all-original DePatie-Freleng and Marvel Productions library are owned by Disney, through Marvel Entertainment.One of the company's animators, Nelson Shin, was also the creator of the Star Wars Lightsaber effect and founder of AKOM, and Lord knows how they've been treated.