The Aardvark (whose real name appears to be simply Aardvark) is a fictional cartoon character created by Friz Freleng who appeared alongside Charlie The Ant in 17 short films in the series The Ant and That Aardvark”.
The animated series follows the attempts of a blue aardvark (voiced by John Byner impersonating Jackie Mason) as he tries to catch and eat a red ant named Charlie (also voiced by Byner, who Dean Martin impersonates). usually by inhaling with a loud vacuum cleaner noise.
The Ant and the Aardvark was a motion picture animated series created by De Patie Freleng Enterprises, the same company that created The Pink Panther, among other animated films, including most of the Looney Tunes cartoons of the late 1960s. The series consisted of 17 cartoons that ran from 1969 to 1971.
Anteaters and aardvarks are similar looking animals that are actually different species.
The nocturnal animals use their long noses and keen sense of smell to sniff out ants and termites, which they lick up with an anteater-like tongue covered in sticky saliva. These insects make up the majority of the aardvark’s diet, although they occasionally eat beetle larvae.
The word Aardvark comes from Afrikaans Dutch and literally means “earth pig”, a combination of aard, “earth”, and vark, “pig”.
The aardvark gets its name from a South African word meaning “earth pig”. Although the aardvark looks like a pig, especially with its body and snout, aardvarks actually share common ancestors with elephants and golden moles. Aardvarks live in large parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
The reason Sellers is so often absent from the beginning of the film is that The Pink Panther was originally intended as a vehicle for Niven. In fact, Niven remains the highest-paid actor on the film, and Sellers has been cast in a supporting role.
The face is narrow with an elongated muzzle, very small eyes and ears up to 24 cm long. The aardvark’s fur is sparse and yellowish gray; The face and tip of the tail may be whitish. The four toes on the front foot (five on the hind feet) are equipped with strong, flattened, nail-like “hooves” resembling spades.