The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection
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When United Artists commissioned David DePatie and Friz Freleng (whose new company was born from the eclipse of the old Warner Bros. cartoon unit) to make freestanding Pink Panther cartoons, their first effort struck gold. Literally: The Pink Phink won the Oscar for best animated short subject, and is still a prime example of circa-1964 line drawing and visual humor. Most of the early shorts display a sure sense of timing and a cheeky feel for the era; they were directed by Freleng and Hawley Pratt (Pratt's design for the Pink Panther had been selected by Blake Edwards from dozens of offerings at the time of the first feature). In two of the first handful, Sink Pink and Pink Ice, the Pink Panther himself speaks stray lines of dialogue, a mistake that would not be repeated later. One unwelcome aural intrusion: some of the cartoons here have a laugh track from the TV series, even on the Oscar-nominated Pink Blueprint.
Animation voiceover veterans of the era chimed in with narration or voices for other characters; for instance, the indefatigable Paul Frees does the narration on Phinkfinger, a funny spoof of 007-style spy movies. But most of the cartoons are wordless, which is one reason they remained popular internationally for so many years. The main reason is the slinky character of the Panther, a mischievous hipster who could be either the instrument of chaos or the victim, depending on the cartoon. The plots tend toward the cartoon verities: the necessity of catching a mouse or silencing an alarm clock, for instance. A documentary, Behind the Feline, gives a fine account of the history of the character; it is also bundled on a previous boxed set, The Pink Panther Film Collection. Useful new extras include a portrait of Friz Freleng by his daughters, an illuminating interview with animator-director Art Leonardi, and a delightful vignette with Leonardi instructing us on how to quickly draw the Pink Panther. The opening-title sequences from five Pink Panther movies are included. Throughout the cartoons and the extras, you will be reminded of one incalculable boost to the series: Henry Mancini's lithe, foxy theme music, which surely had much to do with the character's enduring fame. Mancini gets an onscreen shout-out in Pink, Plunk, Plink, in which the Panther tries to inject his theme into an orchestral performance of Beethoven's Fifth. --Robert Horton
- Documentary: "Behind the Feline - The Cartoon Phenomenon"
- Featurette: The Story Behind the Animation
- Interview with Friz Freling's daughters
- How to draw the Pink Panther
- Page to Screen: original storyboard-to-screen cartoon comparisons
- Animated main titles sequences
- "Life In A Pink Panther Factory". An in-depth interview with the Pink Panther's creators, David H DePatie and Friz Freleng
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These cartoons were produced in 3 waves:
1964 to 1969 - 62 classic cartoons were produced at this time for theaters. These are the best of the batch and truly creative, some winning awards. In 1969 the Pink Panther was retired and sold to Television with The Inspector for a half-hour Saturday Morning show on NBC. (Remember that classic Pink Panther car shown in the opening titles?)
1971 to 1977 - 30 more cartoons were produced for theaters, bringing the Pink Panther out of theatrical retirement. These were a little more hit & miss that the first wave of cartoons. Still being produced for theaters, they had more time & money to produce these than the next wave. The same first wave directors worked on this wave. These also got sprinkled into the Saturday Morning TV show after their theatrical run.
1978 to 1980 - 32 cartoons were produced for the 1978 Pink Panther TV show on a limited budget & short time period. New directors were brought in to assist the original directors with the increased one year work load. The drop in quality shows on these shorts, you feel like you are watching a Saturday Morning cartoon. These quickly made, low budget cartoons were then re-packaged to theaters over three years.
Non of these cartoons were ever shot widescreen, so it is good that this DVD will be presented full frame.
Some improvements over the previous "Jet Pink" DVD cartoon collection:
All 1960's cartoons have improved fidelity soundtracks.Read more ›
- "Behind the Feline: The Cartoon Phenomenon" Documentary
- "Pink Patter With Art Leonardi: The Story Behind the Animation" Featurette
- "Remembering Friz: A Tribute to Friz Freleng" Featurette
- "Think Pink: How to Draw the Pink Panther" Featurette
- Page to Screen: The Making of Two Cartoons
- Animated Main Title Sequences From Five of the Feature Films
Pink Panther - Classic Cartoon Collection (DVD)
This is a list of the original Pink Panther theatrical short cartoons with the year of release:
The Pink Phink (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt) Pink Pajamas (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt)
We Give Pink Stamps (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt) Dial 'P' for Pink (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt) Sink Pink (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt) Pickled Pink (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt) Pinkfinger (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt) Shocking Pink (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt) Pink Ice (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt)
The Pink Tail Fly (Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt) Pink Panzer (Hawley Pratt) An Ounce of Pink (Hawley Pratt) Reel Pink (Hawley Pratt) Bully for Pink (Hawley Pratt)
Pink Punch (Hawley Pratt) Pink Pistons (Hawley Pratt) Vitamin Pink (Hawley Pratt) The Pink Blue Print (Hawley Pratt)
Pink, Plunk, Plink (Hawley Pratt) Smile Pretty, Say Pink (Hawley Pratt) Pink-A-Boo (Hawley Pratt) Genie with the Light Pink Fur (Hawley Pratt) Super Pink (Hawley Pratt) Rock A Bye Pinky (Hawley Pratt)
Pinknic (Hawley Pratt) Pink Panic (Hawley Pratt) Pink Posies (Hawley Pratt) Pink of the Litter (Hawley Pratt)
In the Pink (Hawley Pratt) Jet Pink (Gerry...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
classic cartoons to watch with my daughter who loves the pink panther. fast delivery too, kudos to the sellerPublished 1 month ago by Ahren04
Great collection, many memories of growing up. Arrived on time.Published 6 months ago by Vincent L. Yankey
Love the classic cartoons & my son loves it too. Its great to see him enjoy something I liked as a child.Published 6 months ago by Roger W Foster
Its an age old show that's still get's you laughing. I bought this for my son who saw an episode on the internet and he just loved it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mama
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|Laugh Track on the early episodes?||
Hi - all the episodes had a laugh track added to the soundtracks by NBC/ABC when the films aired on Saturday mornings between 1969-1980. That was the norm. I peorsonally like the laugh tracks, as that is how I remember the films. MGM should have kept the integrity of both the theatrical and TV... Read More
Jul 21, 2011 by A. Mandabee Reckonwidth | See all 3 posts
I was disappointed that I didn't get the Inspector, Aardvark,or the Mexican Frogs with my purchase. All the cartoons are just Pink Panther. I falsely assumed that a multi disc collection like this would have it all.
Mar 21, 2007 by L. Gutierrez | See all 4 posts
|WTF happened to the PRICE?!||
Amazon's prices are not written in stone, you see a good deal, act on it then.
Jan 17, 2011 by Eric Pregosin | See all 5 posts
Yes, there is a booklet that lists the eras the cartoons were made, the names of the episodes and which disc they are on (with the dates), and the extra features.
Feb 22, 2007 by गुरू guru Duke | See all 2 posts
There was Crazylegs Crane. He had his own cartoons within, I think, The All New Pink Panther Show (the one that used to end with the Pink Panther dancing to the closing music while the credits rolled)
Sep 21, 2008 by Stevie V | See all 2 posts
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