The Pink Panther Show

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This page is dedicated to the creators of Pink Panther, Friz Freleng (August 21, 1905 – May 26, 1995) and David DePatie (December 24, 1929 – September 23, 2021)
The Pink Panther Show
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Well here he is, the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther. Everybody loves a panther that's pink; he really is a groovy cat, he's a gentleman, a scholar, and he's an acrobat!
Genre: Anthology
Running Time: 6–7 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 6, 1969 – August 30, 1980
Created by: David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Starring: Daws Butler
John Byner
Don Diamond
Pat Harrington, Jr.
Episodes: 62

The Pink Panther Show is a showcase of American cartoon shorts produced by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng between 1964 and 1980, starring the animated Pink Panther character from the opening credits of The Pink Panther live-action film series. The series was produced by Mirisch Films and DePatie–Freleng Enterprises, and distributed by United Artists (and later by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer following the 1981 MGM-UA acquisition).

Why He's a Groovy Cat!

  1. In contrast to other 1960s cartoons of the time which are generally dialogue-driven mainly due to the smaller television budgets of the time preventing full animation and therefore forcing more reliance on dialogue-oriented humor, the Pink Panther cartoons on the other hand rely entirely on silent pantomime-based humor reminiscent to that of silent films of the 1920s by famed silent movie actors of the time such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Wallace Beery, and to some extent, the Golden Age era cartoons of the 1940s-1950s such as Looney Tunes (which co-incidentally, Friz Freleng and the rest of the crew over at Warner Bros. Cartoons such as Robert McKimson, Arthur Davis, etc. previously worked on prior to working on this show) which is pretty unique for 1960s original cartoons.
    • The nonverbal nature of Pink Panther cartoons enabled them to be extremely popular in numerous countries worldwide due to its pantomime luxury enabling the cartoons to be enjoyed by many countries around the world without facing the problem of language barriers.
  2. It made the first appearance of Pink Panther cartoons on television with a laugh track.
  3. Great animation that looks better than its final episodes of 1978-1980.
  4. The Panther-mobile, from the intro of the first show, was successful.
  5. A number of "spin-off" series were created, including The Inspector, The Ant and the Aardvark, Roland and Rattfink, Tijuana Toads, The Blue Racer, Hoot Kloot, The Dogfather, Misterjaw, and Crazylegs Crane.
  6. The All New Pink Panther Show, on ABC in 1978 featured sixteen episodes with 32 new Pink Panther cartoons (that have similarities to the previous cartoons), and 16 featuring Crazylegs Crane. The 32 All New Pink Panther Show entries were eventually released to theaters by United Artists. Despite being given mixed reception, there were some good cartoons from the show.
  7. The reboots are, for the most part, decent.
  8. The cartoons, "Sink Pink", "Pink Ice", and a few others, alongside other reboots, where characters talk (especially the Pink Panther himself), are amazing to listen to, since the cartoons are usually dialogue-free.
  9. It has aired on many networks (TBS, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, This TV, TCM, BBC, and so on).

Bad Qualities

  1. Some titles of Pink Panther cartoons are misleading, like "We Give Pink Stamps" which takes place in a department store that does not have anything do with the cartoon (which is sad, as it is a good cartoon).
  2. In 1976, the half-hour series was revamped into a 90-minute format, as It's the All New Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half Hour-and-a-Half Show Introducing Misterjaw; this version included a live-action segment, where comedian Lenny Schultz would read letters and jokes from viewers. This version performed poorly and eventually reverted to the original 30-minute version in 1977 as Think Pink Panther.
  3. Some Pink Panther cartoons sometimes go wrong, are mediocre, or bad, even before the 1978-80 era, such as:
    • "The Pink Tail Fly"
    • "Pink Punch"
    • "The Pink Pill"
    • "Pinkcome Tax"
    • "Pink-In"
    • "Sherlock Pink"
  4. As said on top, its final cartoons from 1978-1980 are very weak.


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