An amusing if unexceptional way to spend 6 minutes
The Pink of Arabee is a decent and amusing Pink Panther cartoon, but it isn't a classic though it's hardly a disaster. The music has a lot of charm, the theme tune still hasn't gotten old despite it having been heard more times than you can count and the Arabian flavour of the incidental music is very cleverly done, how it sounds like a variant of the main theme but with an Arabian spin. There is much to enjoy in the gags too, the ending is great and the rope collapsing at the sight of Pinky's skunk tail is even funnier. I love also how the snake charmer just carries on playing as if oblivious to everything going on, despite a fair bit of it happening right under his nose. None of them feel rushed or drawn out. Pinky is still the cool and likable panther we know and love, and the rope is one of his funnier foils in a while. It may do a lot of the same thing, trying to get Pinky's affections and keeping him no matter what, but you've just got to love how it has a mind of its own and how it moves exactly how a snake would when charmed. The pacing is a little staid like at the beginning, once the rope is introduced the pace gets better but could have had more energy. The story is somewhat routine and lacking in crispness at times but it was the animation that came off least. Even for the minimal, simple style the Pink Panther cartoons adopt, the animation looks rushed and rather rushed and simplistic, a couple of parts especially with Pinky's fair few attempts trying to escape from the rope and the pot it comes from where it repeats itself. In conclusion, unexceptional but still amusing. 6/10 Bethany Cox
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