The Ant and the Aardvark was a theatrical cartoon series created by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, the same company who created The Pink Panther, among other cartoons, including most of the Looney Tunes cartoons from the late 1950s. The series consisted of 17 cartoons that ran from 1969 to 1971. It followed the misadventures of a blue aardvark who tried but failed to eat a red ant named Charlie. After its initial theatrical run, The Ant and the Aardvark later became a part of The Pink Panther Show, with all 17 episodes airing in reruns.
American Accents: John Byner imitated Jackie Mason to provide the voice (and accent) for Aardvark.
Androcles Lion: This was the plot to "Scratch a Tiger", where the Tiger agrees to protect Ant and his gang from the hungry Aardvark after he pulled a thorn off his foot. In the end, the Tiger steps on another thorn and this time the Aardvark pulls it off. You can guess what happens next.
Annoying Patient: The episode "From Bed to Worse" was actually based around this trope.
Artistic License - Biology: Aardvarks can eat ants, but they actually normally eat termites. The aardvark in this cartoon has its mouth at the tip of its snout like an anteater, but has ears like an aardvark. To stretch things further, this aardvark hates termites, and won't eat anything but ants.
The blue aardvark also feeds via Vacuum Mouth, rather than by extending a long sticky tongue as real aardvarks or anteaters do.
At least in the first episode, he acted like an actual aardvark: he actually licked Charlie, and when said ant took refuge in an anthill, the Aardvark promptly burrowed in after him!
Humiliation Conga: Sometimes the Aardvark doesn't just have one thing blow up in his face...at times, he makes Wile E. Coyote look lucky.
I Am Not Weasel: Aardvark refers to himself as an anteater in most of the cartoons, despite the fact that he doesn't look much like an anteater. Anteaters and aardvarks are only distantly related in Real Life.
Inevitable Waterfall: Parodied in "Hasty but Tasty" when the aardvark, on a motorcycle, falls over a cliff into a river, heading for the Inevitable Waterfall. He restarts the bike at the last possible moment and does an aquatic U-turn...right into another waterfall.
Informed Species: Aardvark doesn't look very much like an actual aardvark (though he does have a lot of resemblance to an anteater, and refers to himself as an anteater all the time). He's got the aardvark ears, at least.
Though he looks a heck of a lot more like an aardvark than "Arthur" does.
No Can Opener: This is the plot of "Odd Ant Out". The blue and green aardvarks fight over a can of chocolate-covered ants, but neither of them has a can opener.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: John Byner voiced Aardvark in the style of comedian Jackie Mason, while voicing Charlie Ant in the style of singer/western actor Dean Martin. In fact, most of the minor characters that John Byner voiced were imitations of famous celebrities of that time period.
Pepper Sneeze: In "Ants in the Pantry", the aardvark inhales a large amount of pepper and sneezes hard enough to go flying out of the house through a brick wall. When he sneezes again, he re-enters the house through the same hole.
Sarcasm Failure: In "Technology, Phooey", the Aardvark's quicksand trap backfires on him, prompting him to quip, "I'd say something right now, but it would only be censored!"
In "Never Bug an Ant", Charlie moves his anthill over flat land. Aardvark puts a lit stick of dynamite in the anthill, runs and covers his ears. Charlie yells "POW!" as Aardvark puts his head in and says "Hey, Ant! Whaddaya think of that?" After the dynamite explodes in his face, Aardvark walks off saying, "I know what I think of that...but I shouldn't say it in public!"
She's a Man in Japan: The Aardvark is supposed to be female in Germany, for unknown reason. It's given a female voice actor and is called Elise or "(die) blaue Elise" ("blue Elise") by the Ant (who's called Charlie) and sometimes herself.
Shout-Out: To Charley's Aunt (1892), a classic Broadway comedy also adapted to numerous films over the years. 1950s revivals featured the likes of Jackie Gleason and Ray Bolger, making the name choice for Charlie Ant quite obvious.
Slasher Smile: The dog has a really disturbing one in "From Bed to Worse." After no fewer then three scenes with the same Slasher Smile, the Aardvark even lampshades it:
Aardvark: You know, I think he's dead.* Nope, you're just screwed.
Strong Ants: Charlie himself. Played to ridiculous extent in "Don't Hustle an Ant with Muscle".
Through a Face Full of Fur: Aardvark's body color diverted from normal in a few of the featurettes in various cases (even his clothes). The following in which these occurred include:
In the very first short, titled "The Ant And The Aardvark", Aardvark's entire body turned red after sticking his snout in Charlie's ant hill, trying to suck in the ant. The hue change happens when he inhales Tabasco sauce, flames emit from the bottom of his feet, and he launches into the air like a rocket before landing in a lake. He then drinks up some of a lake to cool down, which reverts his color to his usual blue.
In the same short, Aardvark's full body turns green from illness, after inhaling and exhaling cigar smoke into Charlie's ant hill in an effort to smoke him out of it (his eyes become a bloodshot reddish/pinkish color as well).
In "Hasty But Tasty", Aardvark's usual blue hue is changed to black, following an explosion from a rocket when it and Aardvark fall into the "instant hole" at the end.
In "Isle of Caprice", Aardvark's body also turns black from another explosion after attempting to fire himself from a cannon and to another island. It does fire, but he isn't shot out of it, so he doesn't launch.
In "Technology, Phooey", Aardvark attempts to use some spray on Charlie. But instead, he inadvertently ends up spraying himself, which results in the side effect reaction of him switching positions quickly and spasmodically, and changing into an assortment of colors and patterns.
In "The Froze Nose Knows", Aardvark's body becomes a pale shade of blue twice, covered with ice, shivering and walking away stiffly once, and back to his cave to warm up, and thaw off the ice, after having fallen into a hole in a frozen lake while pursuing Charlie; the other time when he gets into bed with a bear (who moved into what was the anteater's cave, having stolen it and claiming it as his home), who pummels and sends him flying across and back outside. Aardvark climbs out the hole the second time, quits pursuing Charlie and hitchhikes to Palm Springs.