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common drawing of animated Pink Panther           

synopses & history

the creators

the movies

animated TV

stageplays, other media



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           photo of Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau, holding magnifying glass

"There is a time to laugh and a time not to laugh, and this is not one of them."

"With me, surprises are rarely unexpected."

"Of course it won't be easy; nothing worthwhile ever is. That is why I have always failed where others have succeeded."

"Let me bring you up to speed . . . We know nothing. You are now up to speed."

"A woman is like an artichoke, you must work hard to get to her heart."

— Insp. Jacques Clouseau


           Days after

History of The Films
           The Pink Panther character began as part of the opening & closing credits for "The Pink Panther" 1963 feature film starring David Niven and Peter Sellers. The name derives from the movie's MacGuffin, a very large and very pink diamond jewel. Edwards asked animation studio Depatie-Freleng to design a pink-colored panther character for a logo, and was so pleased with the result that he asked them to animate the opening and closing credits. The rest as they say, is history. The cartoon panther is silent, in the tradition of "Tom & Jerry" et al.

Pink Panther character entry at Wikipedia
Pink Panther film series entry at Wikipedia

The  Creators

writer-director Blake Edwards [1922-2010]
The script for "The Pink Panther" was written by Maurice Richlin and Blake Edwards as a caper comedy starring David Niven as gentleman thief 'The Phantom', with bumbling
Inspector Clouseau a secondary character. Haven't found clear details on the story origins or the changes that occurred during filming, but the Pink Panther movie title, the hilarious
portrayal by Sellers, and the addition of the cartoon credits had a lot to do with the movie's success. The second film, a stageplay adaptation with script troubles, was quickly
converted to a Clouseau tale directed by Edwards and starring Sellers.
Blake Edwards credits [1942-2010] at the Internet Movie Database • entry at Wikipedia

animation studio DePatie-Freleng Enterprises [1963-81]
When Warner Brothers Animation shut down in 1963, two employees formed DePatie-Freleng and got a sweetheart deal to use the former animation building; at first they produced commercials and industrial cartoons, but their success with the Pink Panther credits boosted them into the big time. The pressure of producing cartoons for children's TV caused quality to drop, and D.F.E. Films was sold to Marvel Comics in 1981; Freleng went back to just-reopened Warner Brothers Animation and DePatie was hired to run the new/renamed Marvel Productions, Ltd. animation studio. Marvel sold its animation catalog to Saban in the 1990s, Saban was bought by Disney in 2001, and Disney bought Marvel Comics in 2009,
bringing most of the DePatie-Freleng product under Disney ownership.
DePatie-Freleng credits [400+ listed, 1963-93] at the Internet Movie Database • company entry at Wikipedia

Isadore 'Friz' Freleng [1906-95]
Friz Freleng credits [350+ listed, 1927-1998] at the Internet Movie Database • entry at Wikipedia

David H. DePatie [b. 1935]
David H. DePatie credits [370+ listed, 1961-1985] at the Internet Movie Database • entry at Wikipedia

Think Pink DePatie-Freleng Story book by Mark Arnold  "Think Pink!: The DePatie-Freleng Story" [2015]
by Mark Arnold

Kindle Edition from BearManor Media [10/2015] for $9.95
BearManor Media 9x6 pb [10/2015] for $31.21
BearManor Media 9x6 pb [10/2015] out of print/used
BearManor Media 9x6 hardcover [10/2015] for $44.95

"Goodbye, Warner Bros., Hello DePatie-Freleng" documentary short [2016]
Co-produced & directed by Greg Ford; featuring Jerry Beck, Barbara Donatelli, Will Friedwald, Art Leonardi, with archival audio of Friz Freleng
bare credits at IMDb • available on recent Kino-Lorber Blu-ray & DVD sets of Depatie-Freleng cartoons

The  Movies


= =  eight feature films made by Blake Edwards  = =
six films starring Peter Sellers

"The Pink Panther" [1963] /tt0057413/
Produced by Martin Jurow; co-written & directed by Blake Edwards; co-written Maurice Richlin; starring David Niven & Peter Sellers

"A Shot In The Dark" [1964] /tt0058586/
majorly adapted from a 1961-62 hit Broadway stageplay; Peter Sellers was already signed but rejected the script, so Mirisch brought in Blake Edwards
"The Return of The Pink Panther" (1975),
"The Pink Panther Strikes Again" (1976) /tt0075066/
"Revenge of The Pink Panther" (1978)
"Trail of The Pink Panther" [1982]

"Curse of The Pink Panther" (1983) starring Ted Wass
"Son of The Pink Panther" [1993] starring Roberto Benigni as Clouseau's illegitimate son

= =  one-off sequel  = =
"Inspector Clouseau" [1968] /tt0063135/
Directed by Bud Yorkin; starring Alan Arkin


Pink Panther Mega Collection 8 Pack DVD box set  "The Pink Panther Mega Collection 8 Pack" DVD Box Set [2016]
M.G.M. Home Ent. widescreen color DVD set [5/2016] 8 disks for $99.88
contains 8 feature films: "The Pink Panther" [1963]; "A Shot In The Dark" [1964]; "Inspector Clouseau" [1968]; {skipping "Return" [1975] for reasons unknown}; "... Strikes Again"
[1976]; "Revenge" [1978]; "Trail" [1982]; "Curse" [1983]' and "Son of ..." [1993]

= =  reboot starring Steve Martin  = =
"The Pink Panther" (2006) co-starring Kevin Kline /tt0383216/
"The Pink Panther 2" (2009) co-starring John Cleese /tt0838232/

Animated Television & Movies

= =  television and cartoons  = =
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (DFE Films) produced 124 'Pink Panther' and 34 'The Inspector' animated shorts between December 1964 and February 1980
list of 'The Pink Panther' cartoons at Wikipedia

= =

"The Inspector" TV series [D.F.E. Films/United Artists 1965-69]
title card for 'The Inspector' cartoons from Mirisch/Depatie-Freleng  all 34 'The Inspector' cartoons from Mirisch/Depatie-Freleng on DVD & Blu-ray  Initially presented as theatrical attractions from 1965 thru 1969; comically inept detective Jacques Clouseau wreaks havoc on the boulevards of Paris with the help of his sidekick Deux Deux, waging a single-minded (and narrow-sighted) battle for justice. The cartoon shorts were broadcast on "The Pink Panther Show" TV series from 1969 (along with other segments featuring The Pink Panther with or without Clouseau); these special editions collect all 34 cartoons, on two disks. Directed by Gerry Chiniquy, Robert McKimson, George Singer, Jim Ryan & others; featuring voices of Pat Harrington Jr., Paul Frees, Larry Storch, Marvin Miller
jumbled 'TPPS' series credits at IMDb • cartoon series entry at Wikipedia
Kino Lorber color Blu-ray [4/2016] 2 disks for $26.89
Kino Lorber color DVD [4/2016] 2 disks for $16.75

= =

"The Pink Panther Show" TV series [1969-76]
title card for 'The Pink Panther Show' TV series that ran in 1969  
available only on Amazon Video Online (2016) for 1969, 1971 & 1976 seasons
jumbled TV series credits at IMDb

"The Pink Panther" TV series [1993] /tt0108895/
Volume 1: DVD [8/00] for $0.00
Volume 2: DVD [8/00] for $0.00
Volume 3: DVD [8/00] for $0.00

"A Pink Christmas" TV special [ABC-TV 1978]

"Olym-Pinks" TV special [ABC-TV 1980]

"Pink At First Sight" TV special for Valentine's Day [ABC-TV 1981]

"Pink Panther and Sons" Saturday morning TV series [1984]

"Pink Panther and Pals" 26-episode TV series [Cartoon Network Spring 2010]

"A Very Pink Christmas" 22-minute TV holiday special [ABC Family 2011]

= =  Pink Panther Channel [est. 9/2013] at YouTube  = =

"The Pink Panther" animated feature film [in development 2016] /tt3640382/  11/2016
Co-produced by Julie Andrews, Cassidy Lange, Walter Mirisch, Michael Price; co-produced & directed by David Silverman;
written by Andrew Nicholls, Michael Price, Darrell Vickers

Stageplays, Other Media soundbites

"The Pink Panther Story" docufilm [DVD release Nov 2003] featuring Peter Sellers /tt0381492/

"The Pink Panther" comic book series [Gold Key Comics 1971-1984]
87 issues, with art by Warren Tufts

"The Inspector" 19-issue comic book series [Gold Key Comics 1974-78]


'The Pink Panther Strikes Again!' stageplay by William Gleason - 2015 poster for Deep River, Canada   'The Pink Panther Strikes Again!' stageplay by William Gleason - 2016 poster for Albuquerque, New Mexico  "The Pink Panther Strikes Again!" stageplay [1981] by William Gleason
100-minute comedy stageplay based on the film by Blake Edwards & Frank Waldman; performed at Deep River Players in Ontario, Canada in November 2015; performed at Bosque School [est. 1994] in Albuquerque, New Mexico in November 2016
Dramatic Publng 7¼x5 playscript pb [6/81] for $10.95
publisher's official playscript page

"The Pink Panther" albums by Henry Mancini & Orchestra  play midi file of 'The Pink Panther Theme' written by Henry Mancini, big band version [2:32]

Gone With The Wind soundtrack album   "Gone With The Wind" soundtrack albums
Oscar nomination for Best Original Score (Max Steiner)
Rhino/WEA soundtrack CD [6/97] 22 tracks for $10.99

B o o k s

Pink Panther Ultimate Guide book by Jerry Beck  "Pink Panther: The Ultimate Guide To The Coolest Cat In Town" [2005]
by Jerry Beck

Dorling Kindersley 12¼x10¼ hardcover [11/2005] out of print/many used
Meet the Pink Panther book by Hope & Sybil Freleng  "Meet The Pink Panther" [ages 9 & up; 2005]
by {daughters} Hope & Sybil Freleng, Illustrated by Art Leonardi

Universe hardcover [12/2005] out of print/used
Gallucci Italian-language 10¾x9 hardcover [2006] out of print/used
Pink Panther graphic stories Volume 1 book  "Pink Panther Volume 1: The Cool Cat Is Back" graphic anthology [2016]
contains five graphic tales in 128 pages: "99 Pink Balloons" (art by Eric Carter); "Fly Boy" (art by Bill Galvan); "Shell-Shocked" (art by Bill Galvan); "Pink Hostage" (from Pink Panther comic book issue #50, story & art by Warren Tufts); and The Ant & The Aardvark in "Ant-Ticipation" (by Adrian Hoff)
Kindle Edition from American Mythology Prodns [11/2016] for $18.99
American Mythology Prodns pb [12/2016] for $19.99


Julie Andrews, widow of Blake Edwards (and co-producer of the new animated feature film)
Peter Sellers
David Niven
Steve Martin
Herbert Lom as manic Insp. Charles Dreyfus
Burt Kwouk as Kato

Image  Gallery


'Pink Panther' Links
Pink Panther character entry at Wikipedia
Pink Panther film series entry at Wikipedia

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