Kino Lorber Studio Classics Releases Complete Animated Film Collections of The Ant and the Aardvark, Crazylegs Crane and The Inspector on Blu-ray & DVD

NEW YORK, NY - March 7, 2016 - Kino Lorber Studio Classics is proud to announce the releases of three collections of cartoons from the DePatie-Freleng studio: The Ant and the Aardvark, Crazylegs Crane, and The Inspector, which will become available on Blu-ray and DVD April 26th.

Originally produced for theatrical release and later broadcast on television as part of the Pink Panther show, these timeless cartoons have entertained generations of audiences, and Kino Lorber is pleased to make them available in new Blu-ray and DVD editions that present each series in their entirety, in HD transfers, and packed with informative special features, including documentaries by filmmaker Greg Ford and audio commentaries for selected films featuring animation historians Jerry Beck and Mark Arnold, as well as archival audio of producer Friz Freleng.

Kino Lorber plans to release additional collections of cartoons from the DePatie-Freleng studio later in 2016, including Roland and Rattfink, Tijuana Toads, Blue Racer, Sheriff Hoot Kloot, Dogfather and MisterJaw.

THE ANT AND THE AARDVARK
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 26, 2016
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
1969-1971 | Color | 107 minutes | 1920x1080p (Blu-ray) | Anamorphic 1.33:1 (DVD) | Not Rated

Synopsis: Originally produced for theatrical release (and later broadcast as part of The New Pink Panther television series), The Ant and the Aardvark revived the timeless cartoon conflict of predator and prey, and modernized it with an irreverent sense of humor and a splashy color palette emblematic of the late 1960s and early '70s. This special edition includes all seventeen episodes of The Ant and the Aardvark, as well as interviews with the men and women who collaborated on these animated classics.

Contains the following cartoons:
The Ant and the Aardvark * Hasty But Tasty * The Ant from Uncle * I've Got Ants in My Plans * Technology, Phooey * Never Bug An Ant * Dune Bug * Isle of Caprice * Scratch a Tiger * Odd Ant Out * Ants in the Pantry * Science Friction * Mumbo Jumbo * The Froze Nose Knows * Don't Hustle an Ant with Muscle * Rough Brunch * From Bed to Worse

Special Features:
Two documentaries by Greg Ford: "Goodbye Warner Bros., Hello DePatie-Freleng", and "Of Aardvarks, Ants, Inspectors, and Cranes," featuring Jerry Beck, Barbara Donatelli, Will Friedwald, Doug Goodwin, Art Leonardi, Joe Siracusa, and Friz Freleng (archival audio).
Audio Commentaries for selected films by author Mark Arnold, historian Jerry Beck, filmmaker Greg Ford, and Friz Freleng (archival audio).

 


CRAZYLEGS CRANE
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 26, 2016
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
1978 | Color | 98 minutes | 1920x1080p 1.33:1 (Blu-ray) | Anamorphic 1.33:1 (DVD) | Not Rated

Synopsis: After appearing as a supporting character in the Tijuana Toads, Blue Racer and Dogfather cartoons, Crazylegs Crane earned a starring role in his own series of animated shorts, released theatrically internationally, and later broadcast as part of The All-New Pink Panther Show. In sixteen short comedies, the dim-witted, flight-challenged bird hatch elaborate schemes to dominate his swampy home. When not tripping over the complexity of his own backfiring plots (much to the shame of his ever-embarrassed son), the dopey crane is foiled by a mischievous dragonfly who playfully reminds Crazylegs he's not the mastermind he thinks he is.

Contains the following cartoons:
Life with Feather * Crane-Brained * Sonic Broom * Winter Blunderland * Storky and Hatch * Fly by Night * Sneaker Snack * King of the Swamp * Barnacle Bird * Animal Crack-ups * Jet Feathers * Nest Quest * Bug Off * Beach Bummer * Flower Power * Trail of the Lonesome Mine

Special Features:
Two documentaries by Greg Ford: "Goodbye Warner Bros., Hello DePatie-Freleng" and "Of Aardvarks, Ants, Inspectors, and Cranes," featuring Jerry Beck, Barbara Donatelli, Will Friedwald, Doug Goodwin, Art Leonardi, Joe Siracusa, and Friz Freleng (archival audio).
Audio commentaries for selected films by author Mark Arnold and historian Jerry Beck

 

THE INSPECTOR (Two-Disc Set)
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: April 26, 2016
Blu-ray SRP: $39.95
DVD SRP: $29.95
1965-1969 | Color | 237 minutes | 1920x1080p 1.33:1 (Blu-ray) | Anamorphic 1.33:1 (DVD) | Not Rated

Synopsis: The screen's most comically inept detective wreaks havoc on the boulevards of Paris as he, with the help of his sidekick Deux Deux, wages his single-minded (and narrow-sighted) battle for justice. Initially presented as theatrical attractions, the cartoons gained a much greater audience when they were broadcast as part of the Pink Panther animated television series. This special edition collects all 34 episodes of The Inspector, on two discs.

Contains the following cartoons:
Disc One: The Great DeGaulle Stone Operation * Reaux, Reaux, Reaux Your Boat * Napoleon Blown-Aparte * Cirrhosis of the Louvre * Plastered in Paris * Cock-a-Doodle Deux Deux * Ape Suzette * The Pique Poquette of Paris * Sicque! Sicque! Sicque! * That's No Lady, That's Notre Dame! * Unsafe and Seine * Toulouse La Trick * Sacre Bleu Cross * Le Quiet Squad * Bomb Voyage * Le Pig-Al Patrol * Le Bowser Bagger
Disc Two: Le Escape Goat * Le Cop on Le Rocks * Crow De Guerre * Canadian Can-Can * Tour De Farce * The Shooting of Caribou Lou * London Derriere * Les Miserobots * Transylvania Mania * Bear De Guerre * Cherche Le Phantom * La Great Dane Robbery * Le Ball and Chain Gang * La Feet's Defeat * French Freud * Pierre and Cottage Cheese * Carte Blanched

Special Features:
Two documentaries by Greg Ford: "Goodbye Warner Bros., Hello DePatie-Freleng" and "Of Aardvarks, Ants, Inspectors, and Cranes," featuring Jerry Beck, Barbara Donatelli, Will Friedwald, Doug Goodwin, Art Leonardi, Joe Siracusa, and Friz Freleng (archival audio).
Audio commentaries for selected films by author Mark Arnold and historian Jerry Beck, filmmaker Greg Ford, and Friz Freleng (archival audio).