The Pink Panther is a traveling Pied Piper who encounters an old English village home besieged by pesky rodents. For a fee, he uses a tune on his enchanted flute to induce one of the ...
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The Pink Panther is a traveling Pied Piper who encounters an old English village home besieged by pesky rodents. For a fee, he uses a tune on his enchanted flute to induce one of the troublesome mice to follow him out of the village, but when his mouth dries and he become desperate for breath, the Pink Panther stops playing the flute, and the mouse scurries back to the house it was plaguing. The enraged home-owner refuses to allow the panther to try again and buys a house-cat to combat the rodent. Fearing for his reputation, the Pink Panther acts to circumvent the cat and lure the mouse and its entire large family out of the house, direct to his own humble abode, where the mooching mice eat all of his food. The panther decides to become a drummer instead and attracts a parade of elephants from a zoo, which follow him against his will, and the lead mouse helps the panther by scaring the elephants away. Written by
Kevin McCorry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A mouse tale with the Pink Panther...or shall we say Pink Piper
Not among the best from the Pink Panther but still enjoyable and if anything a middling Pink Panther cartoon rather than among the best or worst. The Pink Panther cartoons from 1975 onwards did start to look rushed-looking with sparse backgrounds and simplistic use of colour, and unfortunately that is the case with Pink Piper. The animation in the Pink Panther cartoons often did have a purposefully and often endearingly minimal/simple look but 1975 onwards saw a point where it came across as too simple. The pacing does lag here and the innkeeper serves as a good foil but not much more than that, he is pretty much a plot-device and you don't really feel anything for him, something that the Pink Panther cartoons on the most part excelled at when it came to the supporting foil roles. Pinky however is still cool and likable as well as being more sympathetic than usual and the mice are cute. The music, from the timeless theme tune, the clever synchronisation of action and sound in the incidental scoring to the Piper theme that you'll have little trouble forgetting, is just great as per usual. The humour is never hilarious here but it is amusing, but while the story is little that is surprising and some of it takes a bit of a weird note it is incredibly sweet(especially the ending, a little predictable but very touching), any Pink Panther cartoon that has Pinky helping others and others helping Pinky always goes up a notch in my book. Both of those happen in Pink Piper and it is difficult not to be moved. To conclude, not a great Pink Panther cartoon but a decent one. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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