The Pink Panther and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 6: The Inspector
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This cartoon series is historically important, produced in the late 1960's after all but two of the major studios gave up producing new cartoons for the theaters. Friz Freleng (formerly directing for Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes & Merry Melodies) teamed with David DePatie to form a new Animation studio, Depatie-Freleng, after Warner shut its doors. In an ironic twist Warner then contracted with them to continue producing Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies for theaters!
But around that same time Depatie-Freleng produced an animated title sequence for the first Pink Panther movie. It was so popular that United Artists contracted with them to produce a series of Pink Panther Cartoons. Unlike the title sequence, the Pink Panther was no longer persued by The Inspector.
However, later that year The Inspector got his own theatrical cartoon series, based not on Peter Sellers but on the short, big-nosed character in the title sequences. He was now teamed up with a spanish assistant who joined him in persuing some stylistic villians like a mad bomber who looked like a hairy ink spot, or a three headed black shadow that can take on many forms to conceal itself.
Pat Harrington (who later went on to be the handyman Schneider in ONE DAY AT A TIME) voiced The Inspector, giving a slight impression of Peter Sellers. He was joined by veteran voice actors such as Paul Frees & Larry Storch (Agarn in F TROOP).Read more ›
The character of The Inspector - clearly based on Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther films though his name is never given - bumbles his way through case after case with the aid of his trusty sidekick Deux Deux (pronounced Dudu). Deux Duex is Spanish, but somehow has found his way to the French Surete, and a running gag has The Inspector instructing him that he should say "Oui" instead of "Si" all the time.
The Inspector originally faced off against a host of unique villains, including The Blotch, The Mad Bomber, Captain Clamity, and Two-Faced Harry in a grand total of 34 kid-friendly cartoon shorts. Unfortunately, this DVD will only include half of the series (the other half probably being released seperately in a few months' time).
Episodes included are:
- The Great DeGaulle Stone Operation
- Reaux Reaux Reaux Your Boat
- Napolean Blown-Apart
- Cirrhosis of the Louvre
- Plastered in Paris
- Cock-A-Doodle Deux Deux
- Ape Suzette
- Pique Poquette of Paris, The
- Sicque! Sicque! Sicque!
- That's No Lady - That's Notre Dame
- Unsafe and Seine
- Toulouse La Trick
- Sacre Bleu Cross
- Le Quiet Squad
- Bomb Voyage
- Le Pig-Al Patrol
- Le Bowser Bagger
The slapstick shorts in this series represent to me some of the very best to come from the DePatie-Freleng studio (along with The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection).
Very highly recommended!
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Pat Harrington (Emmy winner from playing Dwayne Schneider) in the seventies classic series, "One Day At a Time," voiced the French Inspector in the seventeen short... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sylviastel
I had most of the French Inspector cartons on VSH Tape since 1986, but they switched to DVD and they don't make VCRs anymore and the video tape itself simply oxidized, so I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the most misleading disappointing dvd! My son has been dying for a pink panther dvd and we finally found this and gave for his birthday, and NO PINK PANTHER!!!!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by kerrog
Fantastic. Completely clever. Funny .Artistry and imagination involved in every facet, starting with the cartoon titles, the dialogue, the accents,the stories, the makeup of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by damon