The Ant and the Aardvark
Studio: DePatie Freleng Release Date : March 5, 1969 Series: Ant and the Aardvark

Cumulative rating:
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Associated Studio(s)

Mirisch Company


The Ant tries to get the bountiful food of a picnic into his home, while avoiding the Aardvark who's determined to have ants for lunch.


The Ant
(Voice: John Byner)
The Aardvark
(Voice: John Byner)


United Artists


  • While not his last directorial work, this is the final theatrical cartoon directed by studio co-founder Friz Freleng.


  • First Ant and The Aardvark caroon.
  • According to Friz Freleng, Jackie Mason originally expressed interest in voicing the Aardvark. He was brought into a recording session and Friz Freleng showed him the storyboards and went over the script. Apparently, Jackie Mason stopped in the middle of recording because he didn't like the lines and felt he couldn't properly voice the character. He suggested they bring in a imitator, to which John Byner was brought in and kept to voice both title characters. Art Leonardi reports that because Byner did a marvelous job imitating Jackie Mason, Mason's lawyers proposed the studio pay him for a portion of the profits made, as a way to avoid a lawsuit.


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BluRay Disc

United States

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The DePatie-Freleng Collection 1

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 6:15
MPAA No.: 21926
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Deluxe
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono

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From TibbyH :

A groovy short made by the hottest cats in town. In one of Friz Freleng's last directed animated shorts, "The Ant and the Aardvark" is a tightly written, humorously performed, and gorgeously simplistic cartoon. Sure, like most DFE shorts, it's reminiscent of Warner Bros cartoons and can be a bit hit and miss in terms of comedy. However, look at this in terms of its own merits and you'll have a grand ol' time.
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