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
Official Site Unofficial

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 Burbank-based animation department (the cartoon studio was originally headquartered on N. Van Ness Avenue in Los Angeles). 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 Buyer Year(s)
Super 6 Animated action NBC 1966–1969
Super President Animated action NBC 1967–1968
Here Comes the Grump Animated comedy NBC 1969–1970
The Pink Panther Show Animated comedy NBC 1969–1970
The Pink Panther Meets The Ant and the Aardvark Animated comedy NBC 1970–1971
Doctor Dolittle Animated children's NBC 1970–1971
The New Pink Panther Show Animated comedy NBC 1971–1976
The Barkleys Animated comedy NBC 1972–1973
The Houndcats Animated comedy NBC 1972–1973
Bailey's Comets Animated comedy CBS 1973–1975
The Oddball Couple Animated comedy ABC 1975–1977
Co-produced with Paramount Television
Return to the Planet of the Apes Animated action NBC 1975–1976
Co-produced with 20th Century Fox Television
The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half-Hour and a Half Show Animated comedy NBC 1976–1977
Baggy Pants and the Nitwits Animated comedy NBC 1977–1978
What's New, Mr. Magoo? Animated comedy CBS 1977–1979
Think Pink Panther! Animated comedy NBC 1978
The All New Pink Panther Show Animated comedy ABC 1978–1979
The Fantastic Four Animated superhero NBC 1978–1979
Spider-Woman Animated superhero ABC 1979–1980
Spider-Man Animated superhero Syndication 1981

Theatrical short subjects

Title Release Date
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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