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The Pink Panther and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 5: The Ant and the Aardvark


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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTFDDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Pink Panther: The Ant & The Aardvark Classic Cartoon Collection features all 17 episodes of the original cartoon series. For the first time on DVD, parents can relive the hilarity as these two characters go head to head.

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I watched the Pink Panther, when I was a kid, just to see The Ant & The Aardvark and the Inspector cartoons!!
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It's good art; don't let that go unnoticed!
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I remember this cartoon airing back when I was a kid in the early 1980s. It was during a 1/2 hour cartoon show with an episode of either The Inspector or The Ant and the Aardvark sandwiched between two episodes of The Pink Panther. As soon as I heard the jazzy theme song to Ant and the Aardvark, it bought me back. I'm glad I can add this DVD to my Pink Panther collection and, like other reviewers, am hoping for the release of The Inspector which may be my favorite of that trio of cartoons.

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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 24, 2007
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This single disk DVD includes every single "The Ant and the Aardvark" short. There were 17 in all. If you like The Pink Panther, this series was made by the same company in the same style. If this set sells well, MGM might consider a complete "The Inspector," "Hoot Kloot," "Blue Racer" and "Tijuana Toads." For less than $[...] you can't go wrong. Besides, this cartoon is much better than the cartoons on right now.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J-Man on April 6, 2007
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I just got this DVD a few days ago and have already watched every cartoon. I nearly laughed myself sick. I was just a kid when these cartoons originally aired and this DVD brings back a flood of memories. I had forgotten several of these. The Aardvark shares the same futile perseverance as Wile E. Coyote. Maybe those two ought to compare notes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Classic Lover on May 3, 2007
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The Ant and the Aardvark series is DePatie-Freleng Enterprises cartoon comic series. DePatie-Freleng team is major cartoon making company of 1960's. Of course, Freleng is former WB cartoon director Friz Freleng. DePatie-Freleng team's most famous outing is Pink Panther series. They won Academy awards with their first Pink Panther cartoon THE PINK PHINK. And after that, they made very interesting, well made two cartoon series. They're The Ant and the Aardvark, The Inspector series.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. McKenna on June 6, 2007
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Imagine my utter surprise and delight when I found out these 70's comedy classics finally made it to DVD. I mean, how can you NOT love a stubborn Aardvark who talks like Jackie Mason and an Ant who sounds like Dean Martin going head to head in one bizarre hilarious chase after another.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on September 8, 2008
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What a concept! Let's have an ant who sounds a lot like Dean Martin who is always trying to avoid being eaten by an Aardvark who sounds a lot like Jackie Mason! I remember these as part of The Pink Panther Show when I was young and I always thought they were funny. I love throwing a couple of these on before showing a movie to friends in my home theater! They're a blast from the past. The cartoon prints are very clean on this DVD and every episode is included!
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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
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