The Pink Panther Show (1969–1976)

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Paul Frees ...
 Man talking to Pink Panther / ... (2 episodes, 1969)
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 Devereaux DeBoors / ... (2 episodes, 1969)
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The Pink Panther is a heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat. He only becomes flustered or angry at obtuse or offensive humans who try to disrupt his existence, or at troublesome gadgets, rodents, or insects. In most of his cartoons, he stumbles into a difficult situation and stoically endeavors to make the best of it. Episodes of this series feature three theatrical cartoons, two with the Pink Panther, and one featuring the Inspector, a cartoon version of the accident-prone, bumbling French detective, Inspector Clouseau, played in movies by Peter Sellers. The Inspector is often assisted by a Spanish gendarme, Sergeant Deux-Deux, and together they fallibly battle villains of all shapes and sizes in various parts of the world, always on the orders of the long-suffering Surete Commissioner. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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The character of The Inspector is based upon Inspector Jacques Clouseau. It has been noted that the animated character owes more to Alan Arkin's portrayal in the then-recent Inspector Clouseau (1968) than to Peter Sellers. See more »

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Pink Panther: [as the hunter runs across the bridge and back onto the ark he created and laughing hysterically] Why can't humans behave more like animals?
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Spin-off Pink Panther and Sons (1984) See more »

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Theme from The Pink Panther (1963)
Composed by Henry Mancini
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Sublimely absurd and stylish
29 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't enjoy many cartoons as a child, but this one is so clever and stylish. The "stories" (or scenarios) are funny without being too corny. It's hard to think of anything being "clever" without thinking of dialog, but this has no dialog and yet is clever.

Many cartoons, notably the Warner Brothers cartoons, obviously have elements of absurdity and physical impossibility (like objects falling through the air landing on or passing other objects also falling through the air). But in the Pink Panther, the absurd element is more sublime, sometimes almost breathtaking.

Maybe it's partly because, unlike Bugs Bunny and co., whose fast-talking and whirlwind pranks stun and confuse his assailants, the Pink Panther is non-verbal and more subtle. His stunts can range from blunt physical comedy, to smart and suave, to a series of bizarre visual tricks reminiscent of M. C. Escher. Sometimes it is almost the equivalent of a special effect.

This flexibility seems to be tied into the fact that the Pink Panther is not necessarily one fixed character. He lives in different places, and has different habits, interests and projects in the different cartoons. Sometimes there is no story, no explanation for the actions we are seeing. Sometimes it's more "normal" and the Pink Panther seems to be a plausible guy in society.

Also the Henry Mancini soundtrack sets a fabulous mood.


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