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This was my first look at one of these "Inspector" cartoons, a spin off
of the popular Pink Panther animated shorts. It was a good start, as
far as I was concerned. It was fun to look at, and hear. Pat Harrington
Jr., best remembered by older folks like me for his television role as
the janitor "Schneider," in "One Day At A Time" (1975-1984) does a
great job voicing the lead characters. That would be "The Inspector
(Clouseau) and his partner "Deux-Deux."
Inspector and Deux-Deux (say the latter out loud and you'll go "ouch") are guard a diamond at the DeGaulle Château that is worth billions of francs. Out to steal it are brothers, in the form of three heads on one body! They are named Weft, Wight and Wong. The one in the middle does a Charlie Chan impression, quoting Confusion (instead of Confucius) Yes, some of the gags are corny and some predictable but this is great fun.
The visuals are fantastic; great drawings and a humorous villain who, oddly, gets away with the crime! Well, nobody ever confused Inspector Clouseau with Sherlock Holmes. I hope the other 16 cartoons in this DVD collection ("The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 6 - Inspector Cartoons.) are as entertaining as this first one.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This is an Inspector Clouseau short from Depatie-Freleng. There will be
Everything just seems to click in this short-the villain is interesting, the script is good, the sight gags are good, it's just a very well done short.
The Inspector is placed in control of a diamond, which is the first and foremost mistake. He loses it to the bad guy(s), a three headed criminal named Weft, Wight and Wong (Wong is the middle head and given to spouting fortune cookie style "wisdom"). The bulk of the short is spent chasing the crook(s).
The Inspector eventually winds up "finding" the jewel by accident, with rather painful results. The closing gag is cute.
This short is available on DVD as part of the first set of Inspector cartoons and the DVD and this short are well worth watching. Most recommended.
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