Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Dogfather

Anyone who has read a book about animation probably knows that short cartoons made for theaters started to die off in the mid-fifties, with studios being shut down left and right as everything was being moved to television.

Well, believe it or not, even with the business failing theatrical cartoons were still being produced into the seventies. DePatie-Freleng was the last studio to make those cartoons, with Pink Panther, Ant and the Aardvark, and so forth.

The last of the theatrical series was "The Dogfather", which was actually very lame. Most of the stories were remakes of a superior Warner Bros. cartoons that Freleng made (the ones with Rocky and Mugsy), and the animation was no different than was was on Saturday Morning television (even with the limited animation DFE was using on their theatricals, they were still usually better than the quality in their NBC shows).

There was one bright spot, however: the opening titles. They were designed by a DFE staffer Art Leonardi, who also designed titles for other DFE cartoons, such as "The Ant and the Aardvark" and "Hoot Kloot". Unfortunately the only Dogfather clips I have on my computer is a poor-quality Portuguese dubbing, but here are the screenshots of the titles:

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