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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
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The character was originally created for the opening credits for the film The Pink Panther (1963), and after this series would be a part of every Inspector Clouseau film made from here on in. See more »
I have fond memories of watching this show,and this cat was the coolest ever! Way better than his counterparts Heathcliff and that lazy cat Garfield. This was produced by David DePatie and the great Friz Freleng whom in some of the theatrical shorts directed several of the segments for film and television. Pink had a style that was so unique and the way he carried it by using non-verbal tactics to outwit his opponents was something to see. Especially with those characters he had to put up with and the situations he encountered along the way and prevail it with the greatest of ease. However,there were several theatrical shorts or cartoon shorts made for television that would accompanied The Pink Panther which included,"The Ant And The Aardvark","The Inspector","Hoot-Kloot","The Blue Racer","The Texas Toads","Tijuana Frogs","Misterjaw",and so on. However out of all of them,"The Inspector"(based on the theatrical films of Inspector Clouseau)were absolutely hilarious to boot, as the Inspector tries to captured or chased his man down and the results are hilarious one right after the other voiced to perfection by actor Pat Harrington,Jr.(who was also Scheider on the television series,"One Day At A Time")and also Marvin Miller and sometimes by Mel Blanc and June Foray. The other one was a all time favorite,but incredibly funny,and I do mean downright hilarious as hell,"The Ant And The Aardvark". This was a great cartoon with the Aardvark always getting the end of the stick by chasing the Ant down for a snack and then always in some predicament the Aardvark would get into some situation with several animals and always getting beat up in the process for a square meal and its hilariously funny and these were the cartoons,which by the way were the equivalent of Friz Freleng's own Sylvester and Tweety cartoons that had its audience laughing hard and simply a comedical riot within itself one right after the other. However,stage actor John Byner's dead on impression of comedian Jackie Mason made this work brilliantly. "Hoot-Kloot",was a theatrical and TV short about a dimwitted sheriff and his bright horse getting into some predicament or another. Can you believe that this was based on Rod Steiger's character from "In The Heat Of The Night"?
The other one was based on the successful movie "Jaws",so producer Friz Freleng,along with his business associate David DePatie created a theatrical and also a television short intitled "Misterjaw". Only one theatrical release short was produced but the rest of it was made for television and it was just as funny but at times stale and boring with the mean old shark getting into a funny situation one right after the other. The voice-over for Misterjaw was by Arte Johnson of "Laugh-In" fame,and he was also the other voices for a lot of Freleng-DePatie cartoons. Catch him on Cartoon Network!!!
NOTE:Speaking of "The Pink Panther",this was Friz Freleng's most successful animated cartoon second to Bugs Bunny. The character was based on the original movie "The Pink Panther" which was directed by Blake Edwards,but it was Friz Freleng and his animation department that brought it to life along with the original theme music from composer Henry Mancini,which was also used in segments by composers William Lava,Walter Greene,and Douglas Goodwin. The theatrical shorts and the cartoons made for television ran every Saturday Morning throughout the entire decade of the late-1960's and throughout the 1970's. It was shown on all three major television networks,first it was on CBS,then went to NBC(where The Pink Panther Show ran for 11 years,and it was during his stay at NBC where he had his own two hour cartoon show which was mostly seen on Saturday Mornings and also shown on Saturday evenings as well),and later on over at ABC(where new animated segments were produced for television)where the show came to an end during the late-1970's,but came back to NBC in the mid-1980's where DePatie-Freleng teamed up with Hanna Barbera for a new version titled,"Pink Panther And Sons",which this time around audiences finally got to hear the Pink Panther verbally.
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