The Film Chest doubles up the animation action with the Oct. 20 DVD debut of the special edition release titled 2 DVD Classic Animation Set: The Barkleys, The Houndcats.
The Barkleys and The Houndcats were both produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in 1972. The creative talents behind this company are better known to the world of animation as David DePatie and Friz Freleng — for nearly 20 years they combined their extensive backgrounds in studio animation to form their own animation production company.
Freleng, for example, was responsible for Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and Porky Pig, among others, while at Warner Bros. and it is here that he met DePatie. Their production company was responsible for The Pink Panther theatrical cartoons (two Oscar nominations, with a win for The Pink Phink in 1964), the television spinoff, The Pink Panther Show, The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax television specials and numerous other animated series and specials between 1963 and 1981 … that’s when they sold the company to Marvel Comics.
The Film Chest has gathered together two of these DePatie-Freleng Enterprises animated series in this special edition release. All 13-episodes of The Barkleys, featuring the voice talents of Henry Corden as Arnie Barkley (Corden was the voice of Fred Flintstone for many years) and Joan Gerber as his wife, Arnes (Gerber was the voice of Mata Hairi in the Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp, plus numerous series as a voice talent including DuckTales, The Smurfs and The Fantastic Four) are presented here.
For the record, the members of the Barkley family are human-like dogs patterned after the All in the Family sitcom.
The companion series is The Houndcats, which are a trio of dogs — Ding Dog (voice by Stu Gilliam), Mussel Mutt (voice provided by none other than Aldo Ray) and Rhubarb (Arte Johnson) — and a pair of cats — Stutz (voice by Michael Bell), the leader of the group, and Putty Puss (Joe Besser) — who are secret agents in the spirit of the popular Mission: Impossible television series.
The Film Chest has all 13 episodes that were produced for the series in this unique animation collection.