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{{Character|name = The Pink Panther|image = D433B1F8-D490-4EB4-8189-A94C0CACE5B5.png|first_appearance = The Pink Panther (1963)|creators = Friz Freleng<br>Blake Edwards<br>Hawley Pratt|voice = Rich Little (1963-1980)<br>Matt Frewer (1993 TV series)<br>Michael Sinterniklaas (Passport to Peril, Hokus Pokus Pink)<br>Martian Short (Future voice)|alias = Pink<br>Pinky|species = Pink panther|gender = Male|family = Pinky and Panky (sons) 1984}}The '''Pink Panther''' is a fictional animated character who appeared in the opening and/or closing credit sequences of every film in the ''Pink Panther'' series except for ''A Shot in the Dark'' and ''Inspector Clouseau''. In the storyline of the original film, the "Pink Panther" was the name of a valuable pink diamond named for a flaw that showed a "figure of a springing panther" when held up to the light in a certain way; in the credits this was translated to an animated pink panther.
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'''The Pink Panther''' is the main and title character in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Pink_Panther_cartoons a series of animated short films]. He originally appeared in the opening and closing credit sequences of the 1963 live-action feature film ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_%281963_film%29 The Pink Panther]''. The popularity of the character spawned a series of animated shorts, and would appear in the opening sequence of every film in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther The Pink Panther]'' series except for ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Shot_in_the_Dark_%281964_film%29 A Shot in the Dark]'' and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inspector_Clouseau_%28film%29 Inspector Clouseau]''. He starred in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Pink_Panther_cartoons 124 shorts] (either theatrical or televised), 10 television shows and 3 specials ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_time primetime]).
 
 
As of September 2007, the cartoons can be viewed on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boomerang_%28TV_channel%29 Boomerang], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voom_HD_Networks Voom HD Networks]' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MGM_HD MGM HD], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animania_HD Animania HD], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletoon_Retro Teletoon Retro], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulu Hulu], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThisTV thisTV], and the full collection has been made available on DVD. As of October 2009, Cartoon Network had been running ''The Pink Panther Show'' weekdays at 12:30 PM/ET, however on December 18, 2009 Cartoon Network removed ''The Pink Panther'' from its lineup. Spanish-dubbed versions of ''Pink Panther'' cartoons also air on Monday, Tuesday and Friday late nights on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telemundo Telemundo]. As of 2010, Tooncast carries ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_Show The Pink Panther Show]'' with ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inspector The Inspector]'' and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ant_and_the_Aardvark The Ant and the Aardvark]''.
 
 
   
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The character's popularity spawned a spin-off franchise of theatrical shorts, television cartoons and merchandise. He starred in 124 short films, 10 TV shows and 4 TV specials. The character is closely associated with "The Pink Panther Theme", composed by Henry Mancini.
   
 
==DePatie-Freleng/United Artists cartoons==
 
==DePatie-Freleng/United Artists cartoons==
The animated Pink Panther character's initial appearance in the live action film's title sequence, directed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friz_Freleng Friz Freleng], was such a success with audiences and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Artists United Artists] that the studio signed Freleng and his [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DePatie-Freleng_Enterprises DePatie-Freleng Enterprises] studio to a multi-year contract for a series of ''Pink Panther'' theatrical cartoon shorts. The first entry in the series, 1964's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Phink The Pink Phink]'', featured the Panther harassing his foil, a little white moustached man who is actually a caricature of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friz_Freleng Friz Freleng] (this character is officially known as "The Man"), by constantly trying to paint the little man's blue house pink. ''The Pink Phink'' won the 1964 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_for_Animated_Short_Film Academy Award for Animated Short Film], and subsequent shorts in the series, usually featuring the Pink Panther opposite the little man, were successful releases.
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The animated Pink Panther character's initial appearance in the live action film's title sequence, directed by Friz Freleng, was such a success with audiences and United Artists that the studio signed Freleng and his DePatie–Freleng Enterprises studio to a multi-year contract for a series of ''Pink Panther'' theatrical cartoon shorts. The first entry in the series, 1964's ''The Pink Phink'', featured Pink harassing his foil, a little white mustachioed man who is often considered a caricature of Friz Freleng (this character is officially known as The Little Man), by constantly trying to paint the Little Man's blue house pink. ''The Pink Phink'' won the 1964 Academy Award for Animated Short Film, and subsequent shorts in the series, usually featuring the Pink Panther opposite the Little Man, were successful releases.
 
In an early series of Pink Panther animated cartoons, the Pink Panther generally remained silent, speaking only in two theatrical shorts, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sink_Pink Sink Pink]'' and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Ice Pink Ice]''. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Little Rich Little] provided the Panther's voice in the latter shorts, modelling it on that of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Niven David Niven] (who had portrayed Clouseau's jewel-thief nemesis in the original live-action film). Years later Little would overdub Niven's voice for ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_of_the_Pink_Panther Trail of the Pink Panther]'' and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Pink_Panther Curse of the Pink Panther]''. All of the animated ''Pink Panther'' shorts utilized [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_Theme the distinctive jazzy theme music] composed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Mancini Henry Mancini] for the 1963 feature film, with additional scores composed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Greene Walter Greene] or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lava William Lava].
 
 
   
 
In an early series of Pink Panther animated cartoons, Pink generally remained silent, speaking only in two theatrical shorts, ''Sink Pink'' (one line) and ''Pink Ice'' (throughout the film). Rich Little provided Pink's voice in these shorts, modeling it on that of David Niven (who had portrayed Clouseau's jewel thief nemesis in the original live-action film). (Years later, Little would overdub Niven's voice for ''Trail of the Pink Panther'' and ''Curse of the Pink Panther'', due to Niven's ill health.) All of the animated ''Pink Panther'' shorts utilized the distinctive jazzy theme music composed by Henry Mancini for the 1963 feature film, with additional scores composed by Walter Greeneor William Lava.
   
 
==''The Pink Panther Show''==
 
==''The Pink Panther Show''==
In the fall of 1969, the ''Pink Panther'' cartoons made their way to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBC NBC] television on shown [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_morning_cartoon Saturday mornings] via ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_Show The Pink Panther Show]''. NBC added a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laugh_track laugh track] to the original cartoons, with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Miller_%28actor%29 Marvin Miller] brought on as an off-camera narrator talking to the Pink Panther during [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_bumper bumper] segments featuring the Pink Panther and The Inspector together.
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In the fall of 1969, the ''Pink Panther'' cartoons made their way to NBC television shown Saturday mornings via ''The Pink Panther Show''. NBC added a laugh track to the original cartoons, with Marvin Miller brought on as an off-camera narrator talking to the Pink Panther during bumper segments featuring the Pink Panther and The Inspector together.
   
''Pink Panther'' shorts made after 1969 were produced for both broadcast and film release, typically appearing on television first, and released to theatres by United Artists. One version of the show was called ''The Think Pink Panther Show''. A number of sister series joined ''The Pink Panther'' on movie screens and on the airwaves, among them ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ant_and_the_Aardvark The Ant and the Aardvark]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tijuana_Toads The Tijuana Toads]'' (a.k.a. ''The Texas Toads''), ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoot_Kloot Hoot Kloot]'', and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misterjaw Misterjaw]'' (a.k.a. ''Mr. Jaws and Catfish''). There were also a series of animated shorts called ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inspector The Inspector]'', with the bumbling Clouseau inspired Inspector and his Spanish-speaking sidekick Sgt. Deux-Deux, whom the Inspector is forever correcting. ("Deux" is French for "two," meaning the little man's name is both a pun and a play on words, "two" appearing two times in the name.) Other DePatie-Freleng series included ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_and_Rattfink Roland and Rattfink]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dogfather The Dogfather]'' (a ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Godfather Godfather]'' pastiche), with a canine Corleone family and two ''Tijuana Toads'' spinoffs, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Racer The Blue Racer]'' and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazylegs_Crane Crazylegs Crane]''.
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''Pink Panther'' shorts made after 1969 were produced for both broadcast and film release, typically appearing on television first, and released to theaters by United Artists. One version of the show was called ''The Think Pink Panther Show''. A number of sister series joined ''The Pink Panther'' on movie screens and on the airwaves, among them ''The Ant and the Aardvark'', ''The Tijuana Toads'' (a.k.a. ''The Texas Toads''), ''Hoot Kloot'', and ''Misterjaw'' (a.k.a. ''Mr. Jaws and Catfish''). There were also a series of animated shorts called ''The Inspector'', with the bumbling Clouseau inspired Inspector and his Spanish-speaking sidekick Sgt. Deux-Deux, whom the Inspector is forever correcting. ("Deux" is French for "two," meaning the little man's name is both a pun and a play on words, "two" appearing twice in the name.) Other DePatie-Freleng series included ''Roland and Rattfink'', ''The Dogfather'' (a ''Godfather'' pastiche), with a canine Corleone family and two ''Tijuana Toads'' spinoffs, ''The Blue Racer'' and ''Crazylegs Crane''.
 
In 1976, the half-hour series was revamped into a 90-minute format, as ''The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show''; this version included a live-action segment, where the show's host, comedian Lenny Schultz, would read letters and jokes from viewers. This version flopped, and would change back to the original half-hour version in 1977. In 1978, after nine years on NBC, ''The Pink Panther'' moved to ABC, where it lasted one season before leaving the network realm entirely. The ABC version of the series featured sixteen episodes with 32 new Pink Panther cartoons, and 16 of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazylegs_Crane Crazylegs Crane]. The 32 new Pink Panther cartoons were eventually released to theatres by United Artists.
 
   
 
In 1976, the half-hour series was revamped into a 90-minute format, as ''The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show''; this version included a live-action segment, where the show's host, comedian Lenny Schultz, would read letters and jokes from viewers. This version flopped, and would change back to the original half-hour version in 1977. In 1978, after nine years on NBC, ''The Pink Panther'' moved to ABC, where it lasted one season before leaving the network realm entirely. The ABC version of the series featured sixteen episodes with 32 new ''Pink Panther'' cartoons, and 16 of ''Crazylegs Crane''. The 32 new ''Pink Panther'' cartoons were eventually released to theaters by United Artists.
   
 
==Comic book==
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In 1971, Gold Key Comics began publishing a ''Pink Panther'' comic book, with art by Warren Tufts. ''The Pink Panther and the Inspector'' lasted 87 issues, ending only when Gold Key ceased operations in 1984. The spinoff series ''The Inspector'' (also from Gold Key) lasted 19 issues, from 1974 to 1978.
   
 
==Later television shows and specials==
 
==Later television shows and specials==
During the final years of the Panther's theatrical run, DePatie-Freleng produced a series of three primetime Pink Panther [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_special television specials] for ABC. The first was 1978's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_in:_A_Pink_Christmas A Pink Christmas]''. It featured the cool cat in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City New York] being cold and hungry looking for a juicy holiday dinner. The other two specials premiered on ABC after the shorts officially ended in theaters, 1980's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_in:_Olym-Pinks Olym-Pinks]'' and 1981's ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_in:_Pink_at_First_Sight Pink at First Sight]''. In November of late 2007, the three specials were released on a single disc DVD collection, ''The Pink Panther: A Pink Christmas'' from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MGM_Home_Entertainment MGM Home Entertainment]/[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_Century_Fox_Home_Entertainment 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment].
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During the final years of the Panther's theatrical run, DePatie-Freleng produced a series of three primetime ''Pink Panther'' television specials for ABC. The first was 1978's ''A Pink Christmas''. It featured the cool cat in New York being cold and hungry looking for a juicy holiday dinner. The other two specials premiered on ABC after the shorts officially ended in theaters, 1980's ''Olym-Pinks'' and 1981's ''Pink at First Sight''. In November of late 2007, the three specials were released on a single disc DVD collection, ''The Pink Panther: A Pink Christmas'' from MGM Home Entertainment/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
   
The studio was sold to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Comics Marvel Comics] in 1981, and became [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Productions Marvel Productions]. In 1984, the Pink Panther was licensed to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanna-Barbera_Productions Hanna-Barbera Productions], who produced the short-lived Saturday morning series, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Panther_and_Sons Pink Panther and Sons]'' (also for ABC), in which the still-silent Pink Panther was given two talking sons, Pinky and Panky. Yet another new series of cartoons, called ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_%281993_TV_series%29 The Pink Panther]'', produced by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer_Animation Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation], premiered in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_syndication syndication] in 1993, and had the Pink Panther speaking with the voice of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Frewer Matt Frewer] (of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_%28TV_series%29 Max Headroom]'' fame). Unlike the original shorts, not all episode titles contained the word "pink," although many instead contained the word "panther."
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The studio was sold to Marvel Comics in 1981, and became Marvel Productions. In 1984, the Pink Panther was licensed to produced the short-lived Saturday morning series, ''Pink Panther and Sons'' in which the still-silent Pink Panther was given two talking sons, Pinky and Panky. Yet another new series of cartoons, called ''The Pink Panther'', produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation, premiered in syndication in 1993, and had the Pink Panther speaking with the voice of Matt Frewer (of ''Max Headroom'' fame). Unlike the original shorts, not all episode titles contained the word "pink," although many instead contained the word "panther."
   
In July 2007, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer_Inc. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan Jordan]'s Rubicon animation company began co-production of the animated series ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Panther_and_Pals Pink Panther and Pals]'' portraying a teenaged panther and his friends. The 26 episode TV series premiered worldwide in Fall 2009 on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoon_Network Cartoon Network]. After acquiring United Artists in the early 1980s, MGM continues to own the ancillary rights and trademarks to the Pink Panther franchise today. The German television version which started airing in 1973 in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZDF ZDF], was presented in 30-minute episodes, composed of one Pink Panther cartoon, one episode of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inspector The Inspector] and one episode of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ant_and_the_Aardvark The Ant and the Aardvark]. Most notably, the difference between the German and the English version of The Pink Panther is a rhymed narration in the German version (spoken by voice actor [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gert_G%C3%BCnther_Hoffmann&action=edit&redlink=1 Gert Günther Hoffmann]), commenting and describing the plot. For this show, custom intro and end sequences were cut together from existing pieces of animation.
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In July 2007, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Jordan's Rubicon animation company began co-production of the animated series ''Pink Panther and Pals'' portraying a teenaged panther and his friends. The 26 episode TV series premiered worldwide in Fall 2009 on Cartoon Network. After acquiring United Artists in the early 1980s, MGM continues to own the ancillary rights and trademarks to the ''Pink Panther'' franchise today. The German television version which started airing in 1973 in ZDF, was presented in 30-minute episodes, composed of one Pink Panther cartoon, one episode of ''The Inspector'' and one episode of ''The Ant and the Aardvark''. Most notably, the difference between the German and the English version of ''The Pink Panther'' is a rhymed narration in the German version (spoken by voice actor Gert Günther Hoffmann), commenting and describing the plot. For this show, custom intro and end sequences were cut together from existing pieces of animation.
 
 
 
==Comic Strip==
 
A Pink Panther comic strip was started in 2005. It was written and illustrated by Eric and Bill Teitelbaum, who also create ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottom_Liners Bottom Liners]''. It is distributed by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribune_Media_Services Tribune Media Services].
 
 
 
 
==In popular culture==
 
*In Spain, a ''Pantera Rosa'' cake is sold. It is coated in pink.
 
   
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==Comic strip==
 
A ''Pink Panther'' comic strip was started in 2005. It was written and illustrated by Eric and Bill Teitelbaum, who also create Bottom Liners. It is distributed by Tribune Media Services.
   
 
==Cultural references==
 
==Cultural references==
As of today, The Pink Panther continues to be a friendly character in advertising.
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As of today, the Pink Panther continues to be a friendly character in advertising.
*The Pink Panther Show intro theme was used by Nike in a viral campaign of Pink Mercurial Vapor IV football boots using the French football star Franck Ribery mimicking the character of the Pink Panther.
 
*Pink Panther is Segment Guest Karate is K [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesame_Street Sesame Street].
 
*American television personality [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regis_Philbin Regis Philbin] can be seen in a commercial for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet%27N_Low Sweet'N Low] talking to a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxi_cab taxi cab] driver. After the camera changes the view, the audience realize that the driver is The Pink Panther.
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owens_Corning Owens Corning] features him on their website and in advertising for their pink-colored residential [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_insulation building insulation].
 
*The German phone company [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Telekom Deutsche Telekom] uses Pink Panther as an advertising mascot since 1995 in Germany.
 
*Japanese Pop/R&B singer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namie_Amuro Namie Amuro], who is a fan of the cartoon, uses him as the theme of her album cover art for her album [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_of_Hip-Pop Queen of Hip-Pop]. A special character the "Namie Panther" based on Amuro herself was also created as a counterpart to the Pink Panther. Both characters were heavily featured in her music video for her promotional single "WoWa." Because of the Pink Panther deal, all of the material released for the album had been pink. First pressing packaging of the album included Pink Panther stickers and a Pink Panther styled newspaper containing lyrics for the album.
 
   
 
*''The Pink Panther Show'' intro theme was used by Nike in a viral campaign of Pink Mercurial Vapor IV football boots using the French football star Franck Ribery mimicking the character of the Pink Panther.
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*Pink Panther is segment guest in the episode "Karate is K" ''Sesame Street''.
 
*American television personality Regis Philbin can be seen in a commercial for Sweet'N Low talking to a taxi cab driver. After the camera changes the view, the audience realize that the driver is the Pink Panther.
 
*Owens Corning features him on their website and in advertising for their pink-colored residential building insulation.
 
*The German phone company Deutsche Telekom uses Pink Panther as an advertising mascot since 1995 in Germany.
 
*Japanese Pop/R&B singer Namie Amuro, who is a fan of the cartoon, uses him as the theme of her album cover art for her album Queen of Hip-Pop. A special character the "Namie Panther" based on Amuro herself was also created as a counterpart to the Pink Panther. Both characters were heavily featured in her music video for her promotional single "WoWa." Because of the Pink Panther deal, all of the material released for the album had been pink. First pressing packaging of the album included Pink Panther stickers and a Pink Panther styled newspaper containing lyrics for the album.
 
*In Spain, a Pantera Rosa cake is sold. It is coated in pink.
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*In the ''Family Guy'' episode ''Halloween on Spooner Street'', after [[Brian Griffin|Brian]] is spray painted pink, the Pink Panther walks up and asks Brian if this is his first day pink. Upon Brian's reply, the Pink Panther says, "Welcome to Hell."
   
 
==Charitable Work==
 
==Charitable Work==
 
*The Pink Panther is associated with a number of cancer awareness and support organisations. The Pink Panther is the mascot of the New Zealand Child Cancer foundation and for a line of clothing to promote breast cancer awareness.
 
*The Pink Panther is associated with a number of cancer awareness and support organisations. The Pink Panther is the mascot of the New Zealand Child Cancer foundation and for a line of clothing to promote breast cancer awareness.
   
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==Critical notes==
 
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As Pink Panther historian Jerry Beck notes, "Classic animation pretty much died in the '60s, everyone had kind of bailed out. But his creators didn't rest on their laurels. They didn't make the cartoons to look like Warner Bros. cartoons, or Disney cartoons, or the UPA look of Mister Magoo and Gerald McBoing-Boing. They came up with their own clever new style. The only other important cartoon of the '60s was ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Submarine_%28film%29 Yellow Submarine]''."
 
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The Pink Panther was therefore a notable contribution to the animation art form. Top animation directors such as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawley_Pratt Hawley Pratt], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Chiniquy Gerry Chiniquy], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_McKimson Robert McKimson], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sid_Marcus&action=edit&redlink=1 Sid Marcus] contributed to a distinctive style, supported by master story writer [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_W._Dunn John W. Dunn]. Produced after theatrical cartooning's golden age of the 1940s and 50s, they were constrained to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limited_animation limited animation] techniques applied to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_morning_cartoons Saturday morning cartoons] of 1960s and after. Within these limitations, the Pink Panther made creative use of absurd and surreal themes and visual puns and an almost completely wordless pantomime style, set to the ubiquitous Pink Panther theme and its variations by Henry Mancini. The overall approach is reminiscent of the classic silent movies of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Chaplin Charlie Chaplin] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buster_Keaton Buster Keaton].
 
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Cultural references were more muted and stylized, resulting in a cartoon with longer-term, more cross-cultural appeal not shared by contemporaries such as ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogi_Bear Yogi Bear]'' and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flintstones The Flintstones]'', with their greater reliance on contemporary American pop culture. The Pink Panther also remained constrained to the classic six-minute form of theatrical shorts, while contemporaries expanded into longer, sitcom-like storylines, up to a full 30 minutes of broadcast TV in the case of ''The Flintstones''. Freleng's colleagues credit his sense of creative timing as a key element to the cartoon's artistic success. Freleng himself regarded the Pink Panther as his finest achievement and the character he most identified with, according to family and colleagues interviewed on the 2006 DVD release.
 
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==Co-stars and friends of the Pink Panther==
 
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:''See also [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Pink_Panther_cartoons List of The Pink Panther cartoons]''.
 
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inspector The Inspector] (Theatrical, 1965-1969)
 
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_and_Rattfink Roland and Rattfink] (Theatrical, 1968-1971)
 
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ant_and_the_Aardvark The Ant and the Aardvark] (Theatrical, 1969-1971)
 
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tijuana_Toads Tijuana Toads] (Theatrical, 1969-1972)
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Racer The Blue Racer] (Theatrical, 1972-1974)
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoot_Kloot Hoot Kloot] (Theatrical, 1973-1974)
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dogfather The Dogfather] (Theatrical, 1974-1976)
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misterjaw Misterjaw] (Television, 1976)
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazylegs_Crane Crazylegs Crane] (Television, 1978)
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Man_%28The_Pink_Panther%29 The Little Man]
 
 
 
==Television appearances==
 
===List of animated shows===
 
*''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_Show The Pink Panther Show]'' (NBC, 1969-1980 and various spinoffs)
 
*''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Panther_and_Sons Pink Panther and Sons]'' (ABC, 1984-1985)
 
*''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_%281993_TV_series%29 The Pink Panther]'' (syndication, 1993-1995)
 
*''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Panther_and_Pals Pink Panther and Pals]'' (Cartoon Network, 2009)
 
===List of animated specials===
 
*''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_in:_A_Pink_Christmas The Pink Panther in: A Pink Christmas]'' (1978)
 
*''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_in:_Olym-Pinks The Pink Panther in: Olym-Pinks]'' (1980)
 
*''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pink_Panther_in:_Pink_at_First_Sight The Pink Panther in: Pink at First Sight]'' (1981, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day Valentine's Day] special)
 
 
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.tv.com/show/14100/summary.html ''The Pink Panther''] at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV.com TV.com]
 
*[http://insulation.owenscorning.com/homeowners/ Owens Corning website with The Pink Panther character]
 

Latest revision as of 05:30, 18 May 2020

The Pink Panther is a fictional animated character who appeared in the opening and/or closing credit sequences of every film in the Pink Panther series except for A Shot in the Dark and Inspector Clouseau. In the storyline of the original film, the "Pink Panther" was the name of a valuable pink diamond named for a flaw that showed a "figure of a springing panther" when held up to the light in a certain way; in the credits this was translated to an animated pink panther.

The character's popularity spawned a spin-off franchise of theatrical shorts, television cartoons and merchandise. He starred in 124 short films, 10 TV shows and 4 TV specials. The character is closely associated with "The Pink Panther Theme", composed by Henry Mancini.

DePatie-Freleng/United Artists cartoons

The animated Pink Panther character's initial appearance in the live action film's title sequence, directed by Friz Freleng, was such a success with audiences and United Artists that the studio signed Freleng and his DePatie–Freleng Enterprises studio to a multi-year contract for a series of Pink Panther theatrical cartoon shorts. The first entry in the series, 1964's The Pink Phink, featured Pink harassing his foil, a little white mustachioed man who is often considered a caricature of Friz Freleng (this character is officially known as The Little Man), by constantly trying to paint the Little Man's blue house pink. The Pink Phink won the 1964 Academy Award for Animated Short Film, and subsequent shorts in the series, usually featuring the Pink Panther opposite the Little Man, were successful releases.

In an early series of Pink Panther animated cartoons, Pink generally remained silent, speaking only in two theatrical shorts, Sink Pink (one line) and Pink Ice (throughout the film). Rich Little provided Pink's voice in these shorts, modeling it on that of David Niven (who had portrayed Clouseau's jewel thief nemesis in the original live-action film). (Years later, Little would overdub Niven's voice for Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, due to Niven's ill health.) All of the animated Pink Panther shorts utilized the distinctive jazzy theme music composed by Henry Mancini for the 1963 feature film, with additional scores composed by Walter Greeneor William Lava.

The Pink Panther Show

In the fall of 1969, the Pink Panther cartoons made their way to NBC television shown Saturday mornings via The Pink Panther Show. NBC added a laugh track to the original cartoons, with Marvin Miller brought on as an off-camera narrator talking to the Pink Panther during bumper segments featuring the Pink Panther and The Inspector together.

Pink Panther shorts made after 1969 were produced for both broadcast and film release, typically appearing on television first, and released to theaters by United Artists. One version of the show was called The Think Pink Panther Show. A number of sister series joined The Pink Panther on movie screens and on the airwaves, among them The Ant and the Aardvark, The Tijuana Toads (a.k.a. The Texas Toads), Hoot Kloot, and Misterjaw (a.k.a. Mr. Jaws and Catfish). There were also a series of animated shorts called The Inspector, with the bumbling Clouseau inspired Inspector and his Spanish-speaking sidekick Sgt. Deux-Deux, whom the Inspector is forever correcting. ("Deux" is French for "two," meaning the little man's name is both a pun and a play on words, "two" appearing twice in the name.) Other DePatie-Freleng series included Roland and Rattfink, The Dogfather (a Godfather pastiche), with a canine Corleone family and two Tijuana Toads spinoffs, The Blue Racer and Crazylegs Crane.

In 1976, the half-hour series was revamped into a 90-minute format, as The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show; this version included a live-action segment, where the show's host, comedian Lenny Schultz, would read letters and jokes from viewers. This version flopped, and would change back to the original half-hour version in 1977. In 1978, after nine years on NBC, The Pink Panther moved to ABC, where it lasted one season before leaving the network realm entirely. The ABC version of the series featured sixteen episodes with 32 new Pink Panther cartoons, and 16 of Crazylegs Crane. The 32 new Pink Panther cartoons were eventually released to theaters by United Artists.

Comic book

In 1971, Gold Key Comics began publishing a Pink Panther comic book, with art by Warren Tufts. The Pink Panther and the Inspector lasted 87 issues, ending only when Gold Key ceased operations in 1984. The spinoff series The Inspector (also from Gold Key) lasted 19 issues, from 1974 to 1978.

Later television shows and specials

During the final years of the Panther's theatrical run, DePatie-Freleng produced a series of three primetime Pink Panther television specials for ABC. The first was 1978's A Pink Christmas. It featured the cool cat in New York being cold and hungry looking for a juicy holiday dinner. The other two specials premiered on ABC after the shorts officially ended in theaters, 1980's Olym-Pinks and 1981's Pink at First Sight. In November of late 2007, the three specials were released on a single disc DVD collection, The Pink Panther: A Pink Christmas from MGM Home Entertainment/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The studio was sold to Marvel Comics in 1981, and became Marvel Productions. In 1984, the Pink Panther was licensed to produced the short-lived Saturday morning series, Pink Panther and Sons in which the still-silent Pink Panther was given two talking sons, Pinky and Panky. Yet another new series of cartoons, called The Pink Panther, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation, premiered in syndication in 1993, and had the Pink Panther speaking with the voice of Matt Frewer (of Max Headroom fame). Unlike the original shorts, not all episode titles contained the word "pink," although many instead contained the word "panther."

In July 2007, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Jordan's Rubicon animation company began co-production of the animated series Pink Panther and Pals portraying a teenaged panther and his friends. The 26 episode TV series premiered worldwide in Fall 2009 on Cartoon Network. After acquiring United Artists in the early 1980s, MGM continues to own the ancillary rights and trademarks to the Pink Panther franchise today. The German television version which started airing in 1973 in ZDF, was presented in 30-minute episodes, composed of one Pink Panther cartoon, one episode of The Inspector and one episode of The Ant and the Aardvark. Most notably, the difference between the German and the English version of The Pink Panther is a rhymed narration in the German version (spoken by voice actor Gert Günther Hoffmann), commenting and describing the plot. For this show, custom intro and end sequences were cut together from existing pieces of animation.

Comic strip

A Pink Panther comic strip was started in 2005. It was written and illustrated by Eric and Bill Teitelbaum, who also create Bottom Liners. It is distributed by Tribune Media Services.

Cultural references

As of today, the Pink Panther continues to be a friendly character in advertising.

  • The Pink Panther Show intro theme was used by Nike in a viral campaign of Pink Mercurial Vapor IV football boots using the French football star Franck Ribery mimicking the character of the Pink Panther.
  • Pink Panther is segment guest in the episode "Karate is K" Sesame Street.
  • American television personality Regis Philbin can be seen in a commercial for Sweet'N Low talking to a taxi cab driver. After the camera changes the view, the audience realize that the driver is the Pink Panther.
  • Owens Corning features him on their website and in advertising for their pink-colored residential building insulation.
  • The German phone company Deutsche Telekom uses Pink Panther as an advertising mascot since 1995 in Germany.
  • Japanese Pop/R&B singer Namie Amuro, who is a fan of the cartoon, uses him as the theme of her album cover art for her album Queen of Hip-Pop. A special character the "Namie Panther" based on Amuro herself was also created as a counterpart to the Pink Panther. Both characters were heavily featured in her music video for her promotional single "WoWa." Because of the Pink Panther deal, all of the material released for the album had been pink. First pressing packaging of the album included Pink Panther stickers and a Pink Panther styled newspaper containing lyrics for the album.
  • In Spain, a Pantera Rosa cake is sold. It is coated in pink.
  • In the Family Guy episode Halloween on Spooner Street, after Brian is spray painted pink, the Pink Panther walks up and asks Brian if this is his first day pink. Upon Brian's reply, the Pink Panther says, "Welcome to Hell."

Charitable Work

  • The Pink Panther is associated with a number of cancer awareness and support organisations. The Pink Panther is the mascot of the New Zealand Child Cancer foundation and for a line of clothing to promote breast cancer awareness.
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