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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.

Come see “The Ant And The Aard­vark” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

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.

Watch “The Bear Who Slept Through Christ­mas” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

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.

More here at The Big Car­toon Forum

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.