DePatie-Freleng Enterprise’s Ant and the Aardvark series was one of their more popular creations next to the Pink Panther. Simplistic drawings and recycled but still funny gags from earlier Looney Tunes helped to make the shorts one of the last batches of theatrical cartoons to contain that satiric punch that was so prevalent during the golden age of animation. John Byner’s vocal impersonations of Jackie Mason and Dean Martin for the main characters help to add a fun 1960s nostalgia to the series. This typical entry was directed by Gerry Chiniquy, who had been a long time animator for director Friz Freleng at Warner Brothers. Like Freleng’s layout man, Hawley Pratt, Chiniquy was promoted to the director’s chair after moving to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in the 1960s.
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