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David H. DePatie Biography
Who was David H. DePatie ?
THE Pink Panther cartoon producer David H DePatie passed away at 91 of natural causes.
The Pink Panther co-creator passed away on September 23 in Gig Harbor, Washington.
DePatie’s work extended to television specials for Dr Seuss and Marvel Productions.
DePatie also contributed to many ABC after-school specials, including the 1977 Emmy-winning live-action / animation hybrid My Mommy’s Having a Baby.
In 1960, he took over from John W. Burton as producer for Warner Bros Cartoons when Burton left the company.wikipedia
Enterprises, spawning characters like Charlie Tuna from StarKist, the cartoon versions of Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman for the opening credits of I Dream of Jeannie.
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises’ Dr. Seuss specials included The Cat in the Hat and Halloween Night is the Grinch.
The duo also created kid-friendly staples like 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, various Looney New tunes. and shorts by Merrie Melodies.
According to Animation magazine, DePatie “oversaw the final days of this iteration of WB animation, bringing the final theatrical cartoons of Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn and Tweety Bird to the screens.”
He would also produce televisions, The Bugs Bunny Show, The Adventures of the Road Runner, and other projects, including animated commercials.
As an executive producer for Marvel Productions, he oversaw the production of the series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (Hasbro) and Dungeons & Dragons.
DePatie moved away in 1984 and reunited with Freleng in Hanna-Barbera to produce the Pink Panther and Sons series under DFE.