The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show is a showcase of cartoon shorts produced by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng between 1969 and 1979, starring the animated Pink Panther character from the opening credits of the live-action films. The series was produced by Mirisch Films and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, and was broadcast on two American television networks: from September 6, 1969 — September 2, 1978 on NBC
The Pink Panther (2006) Movie
Think of all the animals you’ve ever heard about
Like rhinoceroses and tigers, cats and mink
There are lots of funny animals in all this world
But have you ever seen a panther that is pink?
A panther that is positively pink,
Well here he is, the pink panther,
The pink panther,
Everybody loves a panther that’s pink?
He really is a groovy cat,
And he’s a gentleman, a scholar, he’s an acrobat!
He’s in the pink, the pink panther
The rinky-dink panther,
And it’s as plain as your nose,
That he’s the one and only, truly original,
Panther-pink from head to toe !
Yeah! he’s the one and only, truly original,
Panther-pink (panther) from head to toe !
Strictly speaking, the Panthermobile isn’t an animated car, it’s a real car that starred alongside the cartoon characters in The Pink Panther Show. It is an absolutely stunning machine though, one that became ingrained on the memory of the show’s young viewers.
The Panthermobile was created especially for the TV show in 1969 with futuristic styling and a novel single-seater cockpit at the front.When The Pink Panther Show first aired in 1969, it consisted of one cartoon featuring The Inspector, sandwiched by two Pink Panther entries. The 30-minute show was then connected via bumper sequences featuring both the panther and Inspector together, as well announcer Marvin Miller acting as an off-camera narrator talking to the panther.
Henry Mancini composed ‘The Pink Panther Theme’ for the live action films, which would be used prominently in the cartoon series as well. Doug Goodwin composed the show’s opening title music while William Lava and Walter Greene composed music scores heard throughout the cartoons, many which were variations on Mancini’s ‘Pink Panther Theme’.
“The Pink Panther Theme” is an instrumental composition by Henry Mancini written as the theme for the 1963 film The Pink Panther and subsequently nominated for the 1964 Academy Award for Best Original Score. The eponymous cartoon character created for the film’s opening credits by David DePatie and Friz Freleng was animated in time to the tune. The tenor saxophone solo was played by Plas Johnson.
Release Date: 31 March 1971 (Netherlands)
Also Known As: The New Pink Panther Show
Filming Locations: Grauman’s Chinese Theater – 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sergeant Toto: Yes, Inspector.
Inspector Clouseau: Don’t say ‘yes’. Say ‘oui’.
Sergeant Toto: Yes, Inspector.
The character of The Inspector is based upon Inspector Jacques Clouseau. It has been noted that the animated character owes more to Alan Arkin’s portrayal in the then-recent Inspector Clouseau (1968) than to Peter Sellers.