Despite a good concept, a rather mediocre Pink Panther cartoon and one of the weakest
Not only is Pink Breakfast a pretty mediocre start for the 1979 Pink Panther cartoons, but it is possibly one of the weaker entries of the series, not helped that it was made during a point where the Pink Panther cartoons were hit-and-miss in quality.
What is good here is the theme tune, which is still very catchy, without being repetitive or annoying, and a timeless classic if there wasn't one. Pinky is as ever cool and likable, with decent(though it has been noticeably stronger due to having much better material before) comic timing even without speaking. Because of the situation, a lot of people will be able to relate to anybody trying to prepare breakfast with disastrous consequences, it is easy to sympathise with him. In terms of the animation, most of it is not that impressive, but Pinky is drawn very well with fluid movements and drawn with a vibrant pink that doesn't jar too much with the rest of the colours.
Animation budgets from 1975 onwards, as far as Pink Panther cartoons go, were visibly much cheaper at this point. The drawings in Pink Breakfast do look very hurried-looking and are completely lacking in smoothness, while the colours lack vibrancy instead coming over as both flat and garish and the backgrounds are very scrappy and sparse in detail. All the Pink Panther cartoons adopt a minimal animation style, but a lot of the post-1975 cartoons looked more too simplistic than the elegantly simple animation style of the early cartoons. On the most part, the music in the Pink Panther cartoons is very good and enjoyable but it disappoints here. It just sounds too rushed and in-your-face(rather than the hip, slinky jazzy style of before) and there is nothing new thematically, it's just the same themes recycled from the 1978 cartoons so it feels really repetitive, and little of it adds to Pinky's characteristics as effectively as the main theme dominating the early Pink Panther cartoons.
Pink Breakfast is not very funny, not helped by the increasing predictability and drawn out timing of some of the gags(like with the alarm clock). All the different methods of making breakfast and Pinky's failures of them could have been more imaginatively handled(some of it is not much different to what's been seen before with the Pink Panther) and it felt like there wasn't enough of them. The story is very routine(it is not always a strength in the Pink Panther cartoons, but even the cartoons with not the most exceptional of stories had more charm and energy, here it felt lazy), and it did feel like there wasn't enough material to sustain seven minutes, hence some of the stretched pacing.
Overall, mediocre despite a good concept and one of the weakest of the series. Not quite as weak as Pink-In, Pinkologist, Yankee Doodle Pink and Cat and the Pinkstalk but close. 4/10 Bethany Cox
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