DePatie and Freleng also did a very long string of prime-time television animated specials in 1969, starting with an offbeat Richard and Ribert Sherman musical with Bing Crosby, Paul Winchell and Mary Frances Crosby, titled "Goldilocks", [though not first broadcast till March 1970, ironically when Freleng's fellow WB director Chuck J Hones released his final Dr.Suess special, Horton Hatches the Egg, and then Allan Sherman as The Cat in the Hat, among many others through the pre-Marvel Productions Ltd.era.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, The Fantastic Four (1978) and the later episodes of Doctor Snuggles, taking over from Topcraft. They also took the reins for TV adaptations of Dr. Seuss books after Chuck Jones's studio closed down. They would also animate the opening theme to I Dream of Jeannie (though not its Animated Adaptation, Jeannie) and the "Time for Timer" and "The Bod Squad'' PSAs for ABC.
Their biggest success in TV, however, would come after DFE was sold to Marvel Comics, following Freleng's retirement. The company was renamed to Marvel Productions Ltd., and produced some of the most famous animated shows of The '80s, including The Transformers, the first few seasons of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and Muppet Babies (1984), as well as a small amount of Marvel superhero programs (including Spiderman And His Amazing Friends).
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 Animation.
One of the company's animators, Nelson Shin, was also the creator of the Star Wars Lightsaber effect for A New Hope (of which the studio received credit for) and the founder of South Korean animation studio AKOM.
Animated programs/movies made under the Marvel Productions name (entries marked with an * mean it was co-produced with Sunbow Entertainment):
- Spider-Man (1981) (1981 syndicated solo series, serving as a sort-of test run for the newly renamed Marvel Productions)
- Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981-83; reran until 1986 on NBC)
- The Incredible Hulk (1982) (1982-83; paired up with Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends on NBC as an hour-long block)
- Meatballs and Spaghetti (1982, CBS; co-production with InterMedia)
- Pandamonium (1982, CBS; co-production with InterMedia)
- Dungeons & Dragons (1983-85, CBS)
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero* (1983/84 miniseries, 1985-86 series)
- G.I. Joe: The Movie* (1986; direct-to-video)
- Muppet Babies (1984) (1984-91, CBS)
- Little Muppet Monsters (short-lived 1985 companion show; Marvel provided animated segments)
- The Transformers* (1984-87)
- The Transformers: The Movie* (1986; theatrical release through DEG)
- My Little Pony TV Specials* (1984/85)
- Super Sunday* (1985-86; anthology series featuring multiple segments, two of which became solo series)
- Defenders of the Earth (1986-87; co-production with King Features Syndicate)
- Little Wizards (1987; co-production with New World Pictures)
- Fraggle Rock (1987, NBC)
- Blondie and Dagwood (1987 special for CBS; co-produced with King Features)
- Blondie and Dagwood: Second Wedding Workout (1989 sequel special)
- The Marvel Action Universe syndicated block (1988-89), which consisted of the following shows plus reruns of some earlier DFE/Marvel series:
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1990-91, one of the launch shows for Fox Kids)
- Biker Mice from Mars (1993-96; as New World Animation)