David H DePatie dead at 91: The Pink Panther cartoon producer passes away 'of natural causes'

THE Pink Panther cartoon producer David H DePatie passed away at 91 of natural causes.

The Pink Panther creator passed away on September 23 in Gig Harbor, Washington.

DePatie's work stretched to Dr Seuss television specials and Marvel Productions.

DePatie also contributed to many ABC Afterschool Specials, including the Emmy-winning 1977 live-action/animation hybrid installment My Mom Is Having a Baby.

In 1960, he took over John W. Burton's position as producer of Warner Bros Cartoons when Burton left the company,

Alongside Friz Freleng, DePatie and Freleng formed DePatie–Freleng Enterprises, generating characters such as StarKist’s Charlie Tuna, 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 Is Grinch Night.

The duo also created children 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 new Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts.

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