This is a series of 17 theatrical short cartoons released between 1969 and 1971. It was produced at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and released by United Artists.

The plot was really simple, basically revolving around the unsuccessful attempts of a blue aardvark, named Aardvark, to catch and eat a red ant, called Charlie.

I don’t know exactly when did it come to Brazil, but I surely watched it in the early 80’s. It probably stayed hidden in the back of our heads (my brother’s and mine) to influence the creation of Fireant and Anteater (by my brother and I in 1987).

I never saw the cartoon again, but a quick search revealed that the characters reapeared in 1993, in a new incarnation of The Pink Panther, and again in 2010, in Pink Panther and Pals. The new versions kept the same basic plot.

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