Welcome back, friends, to a new installment of Toon In! This week we are going to be taking a look at the 1970 animated theatrical short entitled Scratch a Tiger. One of the 17 shorts produced by the DePatie-Freleng studio, released by United Artists from 1969 to 1971. Scratch a Tiger was part of the popular The Ant and the Aardvark line of cartoon shorts. And while originally being released in theaters it did find itself being syndicated to NBC in the early ’70s – as part of The New Pink Panther Show.
The Ant and the Aardvark bizarrely enough had a laugh track inserted into the 17 shorts when they hit Saturday Mornings. In addition while it proved quite popular, there were never any more cartoons created back in the day. One of the reasons that The Ant and the Aardvark shorts were successful was thanks to the vocal talent of John Byner, who in fact portrayed both characters. Byner is a talented comedian who has appeared in everything from the Get Smart TV show to 1997’s Wishmaster. Although you might also recognize his voice from the Walt Disney Pictures cult classic The Black Cauldron – where he portrayed Gurdi!
[Via] Walt Disney 512
Another voice actor in Scratch a Tiger is Marvin Miller, who much like John Byner also appeared in a staggering amount of TV and movies. The role that stands out for me from his long list on the IMDB page is providing the voice of Robby the Robot from 1956’s Forbidden Planet.
[Via] Rich Park
Scratch a Tiger finds the Aardvark, with Byner impersonating Jackie Mason, engaging in his usual activity…trying to find a meal. Which means that he naturally crosses paths with the Dean Martin sounding Ant, who is just trying to collect food for the colony. Turns out though in the past, the Ant was kind enough to remove a thorn from the paw of a tiger (Miller) – which means a favor is owed and that favor is keeping the Aardvark away from the colony.
Grab your favorite snack and beverage as we Toon In and watch Scratch a Tiger!
[Via] Giorgos Geragotis