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Cartoon of the Day: The Pink Phink

The Pink Phink

The Pink Phink

The first stand-alone theatrically release cartoon featuring the Pink Panther was The Pink Phink, released this day in 1964. Directed by Friz Freleng and co-directed by Hawley Pratt, this was a real one-of-as-kind cartoon.

When seeing a new house for sale, the Pink Panther sees Pale-Man- a caricature of Friz Freleng- painting the house blue. Through several antics, the Pink Panther eventually paints it pink. Pale-Man accidentally grows pink flora when burying tins of Pink paint. After seeing this, the Pink Panther eventually buys the house, painting Pale-Man pink to match.

We have all seen plenty of Pink Panther cartoons, what makes this one so unique? This was the first Pink Panther cartoon. But more unique than that this cartoon marks the first, and to date only  time a cartoon studio won an Oscar with its first cartoon release, and with a brand new character to boot.

The Ant And The Aardvark (1969) – Mirisch-DePatie-Freleng Productions Theatrical Cartoon

The Ant And The Aardvark (1969) - Mirisch-DePatie-Freleng Productions Theatrical Cartoon

The Ant And The Aardvark (1969) - Mirisch-DePatie-Freleng Productions Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Introducing both the characters and the series, “The Ant And The Aardvark” was Friz Freleng’s follow up to his hugely popular Pink Panther and Inspector series.

The Ant And The Aardvark (1969) – Mirisch-DePatie-Freleng Productions Theatrical Cartoon

In this pilot episode, Ant spots a picnic and goes there to relax, until Aardvark shows up and tries to eat him.

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The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973) – DePatie-Freleng Animated TV Special

The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973) - DePatie-Freleng Animated TV Special

The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973) - DePatie-Freleng Animated TV Special

CotD: An early Christmas special, “The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas” originally aired on NBC and was rebroadcast on CBS.

The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973) – DePatie-Freleng Animated TV Special

Because bears hibernate all winter, they never get to celebrate Christmas. Ted decides to see what he’s missing, and decides to stay up for winter.

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Heavy Metal assistant animator Judy Niver dies, 71

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

Layout artist and animator Judith M. “Judy” Niver, an assistant animator on the “Taarna” segment of the 1981 movie Heavy Metal, died December 14. She was 71.

From 1965 until 1994, she worked for DePatie-Freleng, Filmation, Hanna-Barbera, UPA, Ed Love, Ruby-Spears, Encore, Hyperion, Cool Productions, DreamQuest and Rich Animation.

Niver was a key assistant animator on the 1987 Filmation theatrical feature Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night. In addition, she was an assistant animator on 1991′s Rover Dangerfield.

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Wham And Eggs (1973) Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: One of DePatie-Freleng’s more obscure creations, the Blue Racer in “Wham And Eggs

Wham And Eggs: Blue Racer sneaks inside to the Colonel Kiochi’s Chicken Farm to get a hand on eggs for a meal. When he sneaks in, the chicken laid an egg and asks a rooster to guard it.