Pink Panther





Prod. Notes:


December 1964 - April 1977,  theatrical

September 1969 - September 1970,  NBC

September 1970 - September 1971,  NBC

September 1971 - September 1976,  NBC

September 1976 - September 1977,  NBC

February 1978 - September 1978,  NBC

September 1978 - September 1979,  ABC










From his first appearance, no one could have guessed that the Pink Panther would become the cartoon icon he is today. The character was first seen in the opening credits of the 1964 Inspector Clouseau film, "The Pink Panther." While he was never seen in the movie proper (in the film the name was given to a rare diamond), audiences fell in love with Pink's cool sense of style and Henry Mancini's jazzy theme music. DePatie-Freleng - designers of the title sequence - were commissioned by United Artists to create an entire series of Pink Panther theatrical shorts, many of which aired with the various Pink Panther feature sequels.

Just like the feature film's opening sequence, the Pink Panther never spoke in his theatrical cartoons, relying rather on nonverbal wits to outsmart his foes. He assumed a wide variety of roles, but more often than not just happened to be wandering along when confronted by whatever new and unlikely situation he found himself in. He was often teamed with a short, big-nosed character nicknamed "Friz," who was also silent. Like his castmate, the little man assumed a wide range of roles - everything from a burglar and a construction worker, to a pet shop owner and a husband.

Pink Panther became even more popular when he appeared on television. In September 1969, NBC debuted The Pink Panther Show, which aired Pink Panther theatricals along with theatricals of The Inspector - a series also inspired by "The Pink Panther" feature film and based on the movie's main character, Inspector Clouseau. Comedian "Crazy" Lenny Schultz hosted the show, along with the Ritts Puppets.

After one season, the hosts were dropped from the show and several new characters were added, sparking a title change to The Pink Panther Meets The Ant and the Aardvark which, after one season became The New Pink Panther Show. The Ant and the Aardvark starred an ant who sounded like Dean Martin and an anteating aardvark who sounded like Jackie Mason. Comedian John Byner did both voices. Misterjaws was a nearsighted shark with a German accent who relished in scaring swimmers by sneaking up on them and yelling “Gotcha!” The last segment starred The Texas Toads, two rural reptiles who were always in danger of being eaten by birds. This segment was also known as The Tijuana Toads.

These old and new DePatie-Freleng cartoons came together for one Saturday morning extravaganza in 1976. The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half not only boasted one of the longest Saturday morning TV show names to date, it also bundled Pink, Misterjaws, The Inspector, The Ant and the Aardvark and the rest into a single convenient package.

In 1977, The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half evolved into Think Pink Panther!, repeating episodes of Pink Panther, Misterjaw, and Tijuana Toads.

1978 ushered in The All-New Pink Panther Show, which featured the first Pink Panther cartoons made specifically for television. The change, however, didn't affect Pink. He remained silent. Accompanying these segments was a new character named Crazylegs Crane. With the help of his son, Crane Jr., the dim-witted bird chased a dragonfly named "Dragonfly" without much success.



Animated shorts:




The Pink Phink

Pink Pajamas




We Give Pink Stamps

Dial 'P' For Pink

Sink Pink

Pickled Pink

Shockig Pink


Pink Ice

The Pink Tail Fly

Pink Panzer

An Ounce Of Pink

Reel Pink

Bully For Pink




Pink Punch

Pink Pistons

Vitamin Pink

The Pink Blue Print

Pink, Plunk, Plink

Smile Pretty, Say Pink


Genie With The Light Pink Fur

Super Pink

Rock-A-Bye Pinky





Pink Panic

Pink Posies

Pink Of The Litter

In The Pink

Jet Pink

Pink Paradise

Pinto Pink

Congratulations! It's Pink

Prefabricated Pink

The Hand Is Pinker Than The Eye

Pink Outs




Sky Blue Pink

Pinkadilly Circus

Psychedelic Pink

Come On In! The Water's Pink

Put-Put Pink

G.I. Pink

Lucky Pink

The Pink Quarterback

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Pink

Pink Valiant

The Pink Pill

Prehistoric Pink

Pink In The Clink

Little Beaux Pink

Tickled Pink

The Pink Sphinx

Pink Is A Many Splintered Thing

The Pink Package Plot

Pink-Come Tax





Pink Pest Control

Think Before You Pink

Slink Pink

In The Pink Of The Night

Pink On The Cob

Extinct Pink




A Fly In The Pink

Pink Blue Plate

Pink Tuba-Dore

Pink Pranks

Psst Pink

The Pink Flea


Going With The Pink




Pink 8-Ball




Pink Aye

Trial Of The Lonesome Pink




Pink DaVinci

Pink Streaker

Salmon Pink

Forty Pink Winks

Pink Plasma

Pink Elephant

Keep Out Forests Pink

Bobolink Pink

It's Pink But Is It Mink?

Pink Champaign

The Scarlet Pinkernel




Mystic Pink

The Pink Arabee

The Pink Pro

Pink Piper

Pinky Doodle

Sherlock Pink

Rocky Pink




Therapeutic Pink


1978: (made for television episodes; part of The All-New Pink Panther Show)


Pink Pictures

Pink Arcade

Pink Lemonade

Pink Trumpet

Sprinkle Me Pink

Dietetic Pink

Pink Lightning

Pink S.W.A.T.

Pink U.F.O.

Pink Daddy

Cat And The Pinkstalk

Pink And Shovel


Yankee Doodle Pink

Pink Press

Pet Pink Pebbles

The Pink Of Bagdad

Pink In The Drink

Pink Bananas

Pink-Tails For Two

Pink Z-Z-Z

Star Pink




Pink Breakfast

Pink Quackers

Toro Pink

String Along In Pink

Pink In The Woods

Pink Pull

Spark Plug Pink

Doctor Pink

Pink Suds




Supermarket Pink





A Pink Christmas (1978)

Olym-Pinks (1980)

Pink at First Sight (1981, Marvel Productions)



Opening Themes:



Pink Panther (theme used for the shorts)

The Pink Panther Show (1969)

The New Pink Panther Show (1971)

Think Pink Panther! (1977)





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