The Pink Panther gets a job as waiter in a Chinese restaurant, where the dinner orders are addressed to the chef by striking a gong in a certain way. The restaurant also owns a large ... See full summary »

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The Pink Panther gets a job as waiter in a Chinese restaurant, where the dinner orders are addressed to the chef by striking a gong in a certain way. The restaurant also owns a large collection of plates and glassware, tended by the little pointy-nosed man. The gong strikes repeatedly shatter the fragile plates and glasses, finally making the man so furious that he freaks out and heads to a tropical island, hoping to find some peace and quiet. Written by jan-wiberg <JanWibergE@netscape.net>

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20 October 1971 (USA)  »

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Pink Gong with the Wind  »

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Mixed feelings here
5 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a big Pink Panther fan Gong with the Pink didn't quite work for me. It is not bad so to speak but it is one of Pinky's weakest cartoons and the worst so far of the 1971 batch. The rest are good to classic, but the most consistent batch of Pink Panther cartoons thus far has been 1969's, where the weakest cartoon was personally given a 7/10. The animation is minimal but elegant without being sparse and fluidly coloured. The theme tune is justifiably a classic and the clever, seductive orchestration synchronises very nicely with the action. The ending is funny and appropriately chaotic. Pinky hasn't lost any of his comic timing or coolness(even with material that doesn't play entirely to his strengths), and he is likable, but I did feel more sympathy for the shop owner. Apart from the ending though, Gong with the Pink is not very funny and nowhere near as clever as most of the Pink Panther cartoons before it, with gags that are routine, paced inconsistently and sometimes repetitive. The predictable and lacking-in-crispness story doesn't help, nor does the laugh track. It works in Hanna Barbera but for a series of cartoons that mostly does not use it there was no real need for it, it's distracting and it feels we are being forced to laugh at points where at best it felt mildly amusing from personal standpoint and the laugh track was there. There are some inclusion of stereotypes(like Pinky as the Chinese waiter) that may not bode well with some, others won't find it a problem and consider it appropriate for the time. Personally, I'm not sure what to make of the stereotypes because it is easy to see either point of view. Overall, not one of Pinky's finest hours, not a complete mess but a mixed reception. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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