DePatie-Freleng Enterprises

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DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Founded 1963
Dissolved 1981 (became Marvel Productions)
Notable Works Various Pink Panther cartoons
Return to the Planet of the Apes
The Fantastic Four

DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (also known as DFE Films) was an American television and film production company founded by Friz Freleng and David DePatie. Their work was all animated, and included theatrically released shorts as well as TV shows and specials. Their most famous work was the Pink Panther cartoons, made for the United Artists studio for theatrical and television release.



DFE was formed in 1963 after Warner Bros. shut down their Termite Terrace animation department. Friz Freleng and David DePatie, two men who had worked there, then started DFE, where they and other former Warner Bros. animators continued to work. In addition to their work with United Artists, DFE was a subcontractor for Warner Bros. cartoons in the 1960s.

The company continued operations until 1981 when Freleng left to return to Warner Bros. and DePatie sold DFE to Marvel Comics, where it continued under DePatie as Marvel Productions.

The DFE library is now in the hands of several companies:

List of shows produced by DFE

Title Format Network Years
Super 6 Animated action NBC 1966–69
Super President Animated action NBC 1967–68
Here Comes the Grump Animated comedy NBC 1969–70
The Pink Panther Show Animated comedy NBC 1969–70
The Pink Panther Meets The Ant and the Aardvark Animated comedy NBC 1970–71
Doctor Dolittle Animated children's NBC 1970–71
The New Pink Panther Show Animated comedy NBC 1971–76
The Barkleys Animated comedy NBC 1972–73
The Houndcats Animated comedy NBC 1972–73
Bailey's Comets Animated comedy CBS 1973–75
The Oddball Couple Animated comedy ABC 1975–77 1
Return to the Planet of the Apes Animated action NBC 1975–76 2
The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half-Hour and a Half Show Animated comedy NBC 1976–77
Baggy Pants and the Nitwits Animated comedy NBC 1977–78
What's New, Mr. Magoo? Animated comedy CBS 1977–79
Think Pink Panther! Animated comedy NBC 1978
The All New Pink Panther Show Animated comedy ABC 1978–79
The Fantastic Four Animated superhero NBC 1978–79
Spider-Woman Animated superhero ABC 1979–80
Spider-Man Animated superhero Syndication 1981

1Co-produced with Paramount Television
2Co-produced with 20th Century Fox Television

Theatrical short subjects

Title From To
The Pink Panther 1964 1978
The Inspector 1965 1968
The Ant And The Aardvark 1969 1971
The Tijuana Toads (AKA The Texas Toads) 1969 1972
Roland And Rattfink 1968 1971
The Blue Racer 1972 1974
The Dogfather 1974 1976
Hoot Kloot 1973 1974

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