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
, 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)
. 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 Eighties
, including The Transformers
, the first few series of G.I. Joe
, and Muppet Babies
, as well as a considerable amount of Marvel superhero programs.
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.