David DePatie worked with Friz Freleng to create the animated character known as the Pink Panther. Which was originally created for the opening tiles of the 1964 live action film The Pink Panther, starring Peter Sellers. Isadore Friz Freleng (August 21, 1905âMay 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... The Pink Panther cartoon character. ... Peter Sellers Richard Henry Sellers (September 8, 1925 â July 24, 1980), better known as Peter Sellers, was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show, before embarking on a successful film career. ...
DavidDePatie began his cartoon coureer in early 1960s when Warner Bros. closed down it's cartoon studio and teamed up with Friz Freleng.
In 1968, they created Roland and Rattfink for theaters, then The Ant and the Aardvark, then more theatrical series followed: Tijuana Toads (was renamed Texas Toads for television, probably to avoid Mexican stereotypes), The Blue Racer, The Dogfather, and their last theatrical series, Hoot Kloot.
The animated titles were so popular that DePatie and Freleng immediately set to work on a series of animated shorts, in the vein of Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse.
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