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The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection

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Product Description

The Pink Panther is - paws down - the world's grooviest cartoon star. In 1964, this pink-inked feline slinked onto the opening credits of Blake Edwards' caper film by the same name and threatened to steal the entire show. Sleek, sophisticated and witty, the animation, produced by Friz Freleng and David H. DePatie, was a stylish departure from its contemporaries…and an instant hit. A subsequent short film, The Pink Phink, would go on to win* an Oscar® and spawn a celebrated series of six-minute cartoons featuring the sly cat. Now, for the first time, 124 cartoons produced by Freleng and DePatie between 1964 and 1980 are collected here in a swingin' 5-disc set. With over 14 hours of "pink comedy," you can't help but lick your whiskers!


One of the unforeseen (and hugely profitable) benefits of the first Pink Panther movie was the popularity of the cartoon cat from that film's classic credits sequence. Added on a hunch by director Blake Edwards and concocted by the DePatie-Freleng animation team, the slinky pink feline immediately spawned his own series of cartoons, first for theatrical release and later for television. The saga is gathered in The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection, five discs of 124 cartoons, plus extras. This would have to be considered the ultimate such collection, and more than the average fan could handle in a few sittings (or a few dozen). But they're all here.

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

Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Actors: Mel Blanc, Paul Frees, Rich Little, June Foray, Athena Lorde
  • Directors: Art Leonardi, Arthur Davis, Bob Richardson, Brad Case, Cullen Blaine
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 797 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4J2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
This great collection of classic Pink Panther Cartoons will feature 5 discs. The single disc releases will only be the first 3 discs from this set. However, if you only like the better earliest cartoons from this series, then you may want to consider that option.

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.
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Format: DVD
DVD Features:

- "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
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I bought the three individual DVDs of the Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection not realizing this set has two additional discs with more cartoons and extras like "Behind the Feline." Not only that but, through Amazon, it's only a few bucks more, so now I am seeing red,...er, pink. If you really like PP, don't make the same mistake I did. Get this collection. If you don't want to invest in quite so much pink, get disc 1 individually. It has "Pink, Plunk, Plink" which includes a cameo appearance by Henry Mancini, and "Sink Pink" and "Pink Ice" that has PP speaking! The reason I am dropping a star is because, as other reviewers have noted, The Inspector and The Aardvark cartoons are not included. I remember them when I watched PP reruns as a kid. I particularly remember The Inspector because I have a viewmaster reel of one of their cartoons. Those shows added variety to the PP show and, to be complete, they should have been included. If they were, I would have bought this set when it was first released. Another thing annoying about this set, and it's not really the fault of the set, it was just how the cartoons were made, is the laugh track on a handful of them. PP was a mildly amusing cartoon. It didn't have roll-on-the-floor humor but was laid-back (especially the ones without voices, compare these to the in-your-face cartoons of today) with the cool background music that could produce a chuckle here and there. It was certainly more restrained than Bugs Bunny. A laugh track just doesn't fit. It is fun to see how un-PC the cartoons were back in the day. PP smokes and there is plenty of guns, violence, and a little racial humor sprinkled in.Read more ›
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