David H DePatie, the Pink Panther cartoon producer, died ‘of natural causes’ at the age of 91.
David H DePatie, the creator of the Pink Panther cartoon, died of natural causes at the age of 91.
On September 23, the Pink Panther co-creator died in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Dr. Seuss television programs and Marvel Productions were among DePatie’s credits.
DePatie also worked on a number of ABC Afterschool Specials, including the Emmy-winning live-action/animation hybrid My Mom Is Having a Baby, which aired in 1977.
When John W. Burton stepped down as producer of Warner Bros. Cartoons in 1960, he was replaced by him.
DePatie and Freleng launched DePatie–Freleng Enterprises with Friz Freleng, and created characters including StarKist’s Charlie Tuna and the cartoon versions of Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman for the opening credits of I Dream of Jeannie.
The Cat in the Hat and Halloween Is Grinch Night were two Dr. Seuss specials produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.
The Ant and the Aardvark, Roland and Rattfink and Tijuana Toads, Here Comes the Grump, What’s New Mr. Magoo, Return to the Planet of the Apes, The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas, and numerous new Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts were among the many children’s classics made by the team.
DePatie “oversaw the latter days of this iteration of WB animation, ushering in the final Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, and Tweety Bird theatrical cartoons to screens,” according to Animation magazine.
He would also make television shows, including The Bugs Bunny Show, The Adventures of the Road Runner, and animated commercials.
He managed the creation of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (Hasbro), and Dungeons & Dragons as executive producer of Marvel Productions.
In 1984, DePatie stepped down and rejoined Freleng at Hanna-Barbera to develop the series Pink Panther and Sons under the DFE banner.
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