The Pink Panther and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 5: The Ant and the Aardvark
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The Ant and the Aardvark is entertaining on many levels (animation, voices, one-liners, music). That big, goofy-looking blue aardvark (so ugly, he's cute) and that fun, jazzy music. What really makes the show are the accents given to the characters by John Byner. Charlie, the ant, is a hip daddy-o who sounds like Dean Martin. Even better is the Aardvark who has a stereotypical north-eastern Jewish accent (his voice was patterned after New York comedian Jackie Mason). Almost anything he says is funny. There are many hilarious one-liners, especially in the early episodes. The show was released to theatres between March 1969 to May 1971, but I think even today's kids will enjoy this cartoon.
Here are the 17 episodes in order of their release:
1. "The Ant and the Aardvark"-- The ant tries to take home an entire picnic, but the aardvark would like to make a picnic of him. Aardvark after a pie to the face--"Coconut cream pie. You know how I know it's coconut? Because it's got a coconut in it, and it huyts!"
2. "Hasty But Tasty"--The hip daddy-o ant gets himself some wheels in the form of a motorcycle. The aardvark after swallowing a giant sandwich--"You know, peanut butter really sticks to the roof of your back."
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The Ant and the Aardvark had same kind of cartoon structure with Road Runner series or Tom and Jerry series. Hunter and hunted, but Ant and the Aardvark had unique feel and style all its own. DePatie-Freleng's cartoons are back to the old silent comedies roots, pantomime. Cartoons are basically visual genre so many classic cartoon makers did their best works with visual gags.
The Ant and the Aardvark series is visual cartoon style at its finest. Maybe if you like verbal gags more than visual gags, this series is not suitable for you. But, if you're a fan of visual gags, this is a series for you. The Pink Panther series is more famous than this series, but as a long time classic cartoon fans, I certainly believe The Ant and the Aardvark series had style, inventiveness all its own.
And, reasonably good price, you can get all The Ant and the Aardvark cartoons in your living room. I think that's a pretty good deal for any classic cartoon fans. And, one final note: The Inspector series will be releasing in July. I wrote reviews about The Inspector series, upcoming Woody Woodypecker classic cartoon collection, Tex Avery's Droopy:compleat theatrical collection, too. So, please check it out. Thanks for reading.
And EXTRA bonus cool points for the great jazz music that accompanied these chases, played by some of the best West Coast jazz cats of the time (like Pete Candoli, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne, Jimmy Rowles etc), heck, how many cartoons have musician credits at the beginning?
But this YESTERDAY!!!!!
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One of the funniest series of cartoons ever made! Truly HILARIOUS!!! I'm really happy that I found this DVD. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed watching this back in the day, so I had to order this so I could introduce the Ant and the Aardvark to my grandchildren. My daughter said they love it and request it daily!Published 2 months ago by YaYa Kortbawi
The ant sounds like Dean Martin and the aardvark sounds like Sen. Bernie Sanders. lol. I love it!!!!Published 4 months ago by ELIZABETH CURTSINGER
very funny # bursting with character #love the aardvarks accent #Published 11 months ago by Brian Johnson
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|Ant & Aardvark: Is it the original UNCUT cartoons?||
Yes it is. Every animated short in this collection is uncut and digitally restored and remastered to all its Depatie-Freleng glory. These shorts are completely funny and worth the set purchase!
Feb 25, 2010 by Brian Schwartz | See all 3 posts
|Was Ant and Advark a Parody of Hollywood Personalities?||
I don't see any Dino in the Ant, but voice artist John Byner (an impersonator who appeared on Ed Sullivan and Soap) gave the aardvark the voice of Jackie Mason. Also, "Technology Phooey" had a computer with the voice of Paul Lynne.
May 26, 2007 by Daniel J. Mccormick | See all 4 posts