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Logo descriptions by Kris Starring

Logo captures by Eric S., Bob Fish, Logoboy95, V of Doom, and Gilblitz112

Video capture courtesy of Eric S.


Background: The men of this company are David H. DePatie and Isadore "Friz" Freleng. Famous for Pink Panther, the company released theatrical Looney Tunes cartoons under Warner Bros. from 1963 to 1967, as well as original theatrical series for United Artists from 1963 to 1980. After Freleng's departure to Warner Bros. in 1980, the company was sold to Marvel Comics as their new animation division in 1981. Today, with some exceptions (all co-produced cartoons with UA/Mirisch such as Pink Panther are currently owned by MGM, the Dr. Seuss cartoons from 1971-1982 are currently owned by Dr. Seuss Enterprises (with licensing and distribution by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, previously held by Universal Studios), and the Looney Tunes shorts and specials are currently owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment), the remaining properties in the DePatie-Freleng/Marvel library are owned by the Walt Disney Company with the acquisition of Fox Family Worldwide Inc. in 2001. Ironically on August 31, 2009, The Walt Disney Company announced to acquire Marvel, and it was completed on December 31 of that year.


1st Logo

(1964-1980)

DePatie-Freleng/Mirisch Films, Inc. (The Pink Panther, 1966)Mirisch Films, Inc./DePatie-Freleng/United Artists (The Pink Panther, 1966)Mirisch-Geoffrey/DePatie-Freleng (1965)

Logo: Superimposed on the screen, this is the opening text saying: "(David H.) DePatie-(Friz) Freleng Presents", in some cases with the title of the show or short below. At the end, this is the text saying: "A DePatie-Freleng Production", in some cases with a copyright stamp or a byline below.

FX/SFX: The letters appearing, or none.

Music/Sounds: The opening and closing themes of the show or short.

Availability: Appears intact on various DFE shorts and early shows, included on later theatrical Pink Panther and The Inspector cartoons on DVD.

Scare Factor: None.


2nd Logo

(1966-1969)

DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (1966)DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (1967)

Logo: We see a wipeout formation of a logo that contains the words "DFE Films" (with "DFE" in capital letters, and in a white font), but the word "films" is in a white oval that looks like a spoon (and for the record, DFE would, from this point be the acronym for the full named company, it was just slightly renamed "films" to state that it was a bigger company). And under that, in cursive (and in a white font) it would say "Released Thru United Artists" or "Released by United Artists" (whose companies would distribute the companies' cartoons).

FX/SFX: The formation of the DFE logo.

Music/Sounds: It begins with a 6-note trumpet fanfare, which then is followed by a clarinet playing the exact same notes, only in a lower key pitch, and brass instruments that play out two notes.

Availability: Rare. It was seen on Super 6 and Super President.

Scare Factor: None to minimal. The music could startle some, but the logo, not really.


3rd Logo

(1969-1971)

DFE Films

Nickname: "(Zooming-Out) DFE Films"

Logo: We see a maroon colored screen, you can barely see a giant black "DFE" (with the letters F and E connected in the middle) in the center of the screen. The letters begin to fill one by one with a flowing assortment of colors. The "DFE" zooms-out to reveal the "FE" is connected to what appears to be an abstract ending of a paintbrush, which has the maroon word "films" inside. The screen then turns navy blue, with a light gray DFE Films logo, a light green with a black DFE Films, then back to a navy blue screen with a light gray DFE Films. Finally, the screen goes back to the normal color scheme.

FX/SFX: The "DFE" zooming out and the flowing colors.

Cheesy Factor: The color scheme is bad for one thing, the flowing colors looks like someone is dragging cut-out construction paper from behind. And what's with the screen suddenly changing colors?

Music/Sounds: A brass score that appears to be in synchronization with the logo's animations.

Availability: Rare. It appears on early 70s episodes of the TV Pink Panther cartoons and DVD releases of Here Comes the Grump.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. Some may be caught off guard by the abrupt change in color or by the theme, but it's mainly just an eyesore.


4th Logo

(1971-1981)

DePatie-Freleng Enterprises - CLG WikiDePatie-Freleng Enterprises - CLG WikiDFE Productions (The Houndcats, 1972)DePatie-Freleng Enterprises - CLG WikiDFE FilmsDFE Productions (The Lorax, 1972)DePatie Freleng ProductionsDFE Films (1977)

Logo: At the end of the credits, we see the DFE Films logo (as in the 2nd logo). Below it we see the text "A DEPATIE-FRELENG PRODUCTION".

Variants:

•On The Cat in the Hat, the cat's hat appears on "films".

•On The Blue Racer, the logo appears on a light blue background, we see the letter "D" fading-in and flashing in multi-colors, followed by part of the letter "F" fading-in and part of the letter "E". The line fades in through the letters "F" and "E" to reveal the 1969 logo. The logo would turn solid red and the word "Presents" fades-in below. Sometimes it would zoom-out while animating.

•On Dennis the Menace: Mayday for Mother, on a red background, we see the text "A DePATIE-FRELENG PRODUCTION" and "in association with MIRISCH FILMS, Inc."

•On The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas, we see the text "A DePatie-Freleng Sed-Bar Production".

FX/SFX: None. On The Barkleys, it's superimposed, otherwise placed on a background in the color scheme of the show's credits (i.e. pink on Pink Panther). And, on the 1971 TV special On The Blue Racer, the logo would sometimes zoom-out while animating.

Music/Sounds: The opening/closing theme to the show.

Availability: Should still show up when DFE shows and specials from the late 70s are reran, as it is in-credit and usually left alone.

Scare Factor: Minimal.

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