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The ant and the aardvark

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ziffel, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    Doea anyone remember the classic cartoon, "The ant and the aardvark" from 1969-1971? Or has anyone seen it on cartoon network before? I remember these in the early 70's being shown as the middle segment of "The Pink Panther" cartoon. It was really fun. The guy who talked the aardvark did a great Jackie Mason impression. And he also did a great Dean Martin impression for the ant. I found a neat site on this show where you can download and watch the episodes on your computer:


    FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    I do, from reruns on Cartoon Network in their early days. I actually have two episodes of The Ant and the Aardvark, two of The Inspector and about thirty or so Pink Panther episodes. Great cartoons indeed, I love all the Depatie-Freleng stuff. The Inspector and Pink Panther cartoons are my favorite ones though. John Byner did the voices of both the Ant and the Aardvark. They were produced from 1969 to 1971 and were first released theatrically. Only 17 episodes were made. Check out the Depatie-Freleng section of The Big Cartoon Database They have the descriptions and credits for all the D-F cartoons there, it's swell.
  3. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    That's really cool, FISH'N'WOLFE. I also really liked "The Pink Panther" cartoons, but haven't seen them since the 70's. I see the complete series (something like 120 episodes) is coming out on dvd soon. It will coincide with the new "Pink Panther" theatrical movie in February with Steve Martin. And. of course, I LOVE the Henry Mancini pink panther theme song.
    It's really cool nostalgia getting to see these "Ant and Aardvark" cartoons again from that site. I've watched two of the 17 so far.

    FISH'N'WOLFE New Member

    That is fantastic, I didn't know they were releasing all the PP cartoons on DVD. I'll definitely be picking that up. Thanks for posting the link to the A&TA cartoons as well, great find there. I love the Mancini PP theme as well, it's a great piece of composing. I'm partial to the Sellers films, but I probably will check out the Martin version just to see how it is.
  5. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Active Member

  6. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    These were the best cartoons ever! I loved the Pink Panther and the Ant and Aardvark! I also liked the Inspector cartoons. I'd love to see them all together again, I wish I had Boomerang. I will definately check out that site Ziffel, thanks for sharing it!!!
  7. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    Thought it'd be neat to temporarily switch to an avatar of the blue aardvark. My first non-Ziffel avatar, but he does kind of resemble Ziffel anyhow. :)
  8. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    The Aardvark always had the funniest lines in each cartoon.

    "Hey Ant, I'm gonna move you into a new neighborhood, MY STOMACH!"

    "Slow down! You're gonna run all your fat off!"
  9. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    LOL, those are great. Yes that aardvark rocks! Beau had a thread recently asking whether you like Tom or Jerry better. I would think for the ant and the aardvark the aardvark should win by unanimous votes. His lines were great and the way he said them in that Jackie Mason voice made them all the funnier. Though the ant's Dean Martin voice was cool too.
    I just watched several more of these cartoons. Love when he battles the green aardvark! :)
  10. Xerus

    Xerus Well-Known Member

    I like how sometimes in the beginnings, the Aardvark tells us that he's an anteater and he eats ants. I guess he doesn't know that anteaters and aardvarks are two different animals.
  11. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I love it! I was always a bigger fan of the Aardvark. The Ant was sort of obnoxious.
  12. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Active Member

  13. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    3 to zero in favor of the Aardvark!

    And thanks, redBoobergurl. It's especially pretty amusing seeing this avatar on a thread like this where I've made a lot of posts; pretty amusing when I scroll down the posts fast and see all the blue aardy's flashing by!
  14. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Active Member

    I thought The Ant and the Aardvark were very funny Ziffel. Sort of like the Road Runner and the Coyote except that they talked and that the mishaps that befell the poor Aardvark were usually rather mild as I remember them compared to the old Coyote.

    And I love your Aardvark avatar. A change is as good as a holiday. So they say ;)
  15. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    Thanks Martin. It's one of several avatars I like to temporarily switch to once in a while for fun.
    Yeah I guess aardy didn't get it as bad as Wile E. But I still wouldn't want to be in his shoes. (Well, he didn't wear shoes. But Bert did. Remember his sneaks in "Doin' the pigeon?" :( ).
  16. Ringlet

    Ringlet New Member

    I'm so glad you posted that link. Thanks!
    When I saw your avatar the other day I was like "cooool". It made me totally nostalgic for the cartoon and now with your link I can indulge.
    Thanks again.
  17. Ziffel

    Ziffel Active Member

    You're welcome. They are indeed a lot of fun. Just viewed one again.
  18. Tim Kelly

    Tim Kelly Member

    I've always loved them, and have 'em all on a pretty-terrible-quality bootleg DVD. Only one line is dubbed; after the Aardvark sprays himself with some sort of bug spray, the Ant originally says something like "Man, he must be having a bad trip," but it's been replaced with dialogue from another cartoon. Still, the Aardvark is hilarious and these cartoons have always been among my all-time favorites. I love the termite one where the Aardvark is lying on the floor and says "Rotten termites."
  19. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Active Member

    Oh yeah. I can barely remember Bert in full body form singing that classic song. I think he may have been doing some kind of dance as well. But I do remember the song "Doin' the pigeon" on some old Sesame Street album.
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've been watching a few of these cartoons on YouTube lately, and I have to be pretty honest... I'm not too impressed.

    First of all, even by then, the concept had been played: Tom and Jerry, Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner, etc... the only difference is the characters in these cartoons actually speak, but even the dialogue seems like a less-than-stellar stand-up routine, especially the Aardvark with his painful one-liners I don't think even the laugh track could save. But even if it didn't have dialogue, it'd still be just another variation on the classic cartoon predator chasing after cartoon prey and never succeeding bit.

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