ⓘ The Pink Panther Show

                                     

ⓘ The Pink Panther Show

The Pink Panther Show is a showcase of animated shorts produced by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng between 1969 and 1978, starring the animated Pink Panther character from the opening credits of the live-action films. The series was produced by Mirisch Films and DePatie–Freleng Enterprises, and was broadcast on two American television networks: from September 6, 1969, to September 2, 1978, on NBC; and from September 9, 1978, to August 30, 1980, on ABC.

                                     

1.1. History Format

When The Pink Panther Show first aired in 1969, it consisted of one cartoon featuring The Inspector, sandwiched by two Pink Panther entries. Because of the number of shorts produced, two episodes feature a Pink Panther cartoon sandwiched by two Inspector entries. The 30-minute show was then connected via bumper sequences featuring both the panther and Inspector together, with announcer Marvin Miller acting as an off-camera narrator talking to the panther. Bumper sequences consisted of newly animated segments as well as recycled footage from existing cartoons We Give Pink Stamps, Reel Pink, Pink Outs and Super Pink, fitted with new incidental music and voice-over work from Miller.

Pink Panther shorts produced after 1969 starting with A Fly in the Pink when The Pink Panther Show began airing were produced for both broadcast and theatrical release, typically appearing on television first, and released to theaters by United Artists. A number of new series were created, including the very popular The Ant and the Aardvark, Tijuana Toads a.k.a. Texas Toads, Hoot Kloot, Misterjaw, Roland and Rattfink, The Dogfather and two Tijuana Toads spinoffs: The Blue Racer and Crazylegs Crane. The New Pink Panther Show and later shows featured newly animated bumper segments involving the Panther, the Ant and the Aardvark, Misterjaw, and the Texas Toads.

In 1976, the half-hour series was revamped into a 90-minute format, as Its the All New Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half Hour-and-a-Half Show Introducing Misterjaw ; this version included a live-action segment, where comedian Lenny Schultz would read letters and jokes from viewers. This version performed poorly and eventually reverted to the original 30-minute version in 1977 as Think Pink Panther.

After nine years on NBC, the Pink Panther moved to ABC in 1978 and was retitled The All New Pink Panther Show and Pink Panther Encore, where it lasted two seasons before leaving the network realm entirely. The tenth season featured 16 episodes with 32 new Pink Panther cartoons, and 16 featuring Crazylegs Crane: no bumpers were produced for The All New Pink Panther Show, but 10 second "Stay tuned." bumpers explaining an upcoming entry were produced for the first several episodes. The 32 All New Pink Panther Show entries were eventually released to theaters by United Artists.

                                     

1.2. History Theme music

Henry Mancini composed "The Pink Panther Theme" for the live action films, which would be used extensively in the cartoon series as well. Doug Goodwin composed the shows opening title music while William Lava and Walter Greene composed music scores heard throughout the cartoons, many of which were variations on Mancinis "Pink Panther Theme".

                                     

1.3. History Laugh track

By the time of the shows 1969 debut, fitting cartoon and children shows with a laugh track was standard practice. In keeping with this standard, NBC added a laugh track to all seasons of The Pink Panther Show, marking the first time in history that theatrical films were fitted with a laugh track for television broadcast Season 2 utilized an inferior laugh track, utilizing isolated laugh clips from Season 1. This was an anomaly, as other theatrical cartoon series that were aired successfully on television did not receive this addition.

The soundtracks were restored to their original theatrical form in 1982 when the DFE theatrical package went into syndication. Repackaging over the years has resulted in both theatrical and television versions of the entries being available. The exceptions were Misterjaw and Crazylegs Crane, which were produced specifically for television and never re-released theatrically, resulting in laughter-only versions. The U.S based Boomerang occasionally airs versions with the laugh track intact, though these versions are more commonly found outside of the U.S. The Spanish language Boomerang requires that MGM/UA supply them with laugh track-only versions of all shorts. The Portuguese language Boomerang, France-based Gulli, and Poland channels TV 4 and TV6 also broadcast certain entries utilizing laugh track versions.



                                     

1.4. History Incarnations

Over its 10 years on various television networks, The Pink Panther Show had a variety of names:

  • Its the All New Pink Panther Laugh-and-a-Half Hour-and-a-Half Show Introducing Misterjaw 1976–1977
  • Think Pink Panther 1977–1978
  • The Pink Panther and Friends 1974–1976
  • Pink Panther Encore 1979–1980
  • The Pink Panther Show 1969–1970, also considered the umbrella title of the series
  • The All New Pink Panther Show 1978–1979
  • The New Pink Panther Show 1971–1974
  • The Pink Panther Show 1980, Syndicated
  • The Pink Panther Meets the Ant and the Aardvark 1970–1971
                                     

2. Syndication

United Artists Television syndicated The Pink Panther Show in 1980, complete with bumpers and laugh-tracked versions of the shorts. By 1982, MGM/UA Television began syndicating some individual cartoons to local stations to air them as they saw fit. This format did not contain the series bumpers nor the laugh track.

The following series were included in MGM/UA Televisions syndication package:

  • Misterjaw made-for-television series
  • Tijuana Toads / Texas Toads
  • The Pink Panther
  • The Ant and the Aardvark
  • The Inspector

Most television stations aired the later package released in 1982, featuring the cartoon shorts by themselves, ostracized from the shows original bumpers sequences. The laugh track was also silenced on all entries except for Misterjaw. Chicago-based WGN-TV was one of the few stations to air the 1980 The Pink Panther Show syndication package. Conversely, New York City-based WPIX featured a stripped-down version of the shorts, airing the entries without the laugh track, bumpers, or theatrical opening/closing credits.

                                     

2.1. Syndication Reruns

The Pink Panther Show 1969–1971 and The New Pink Panther Show 1971–1974 has been remastered in its original format. It was previously shown on BBC Two, UK Gold, BBC One, Boomerang 2000–2009 and Cartoon Network 1993–2002. In the late 2000s, it aired in Canada on Teletoon Retro weekday mornings at 8:00 AM. Teletoon Retro showed all 32 episodes of The Pink Panther Show with the panther and the Inspector, all 17 episodes of The New Pink Panther Show with the panther and the Ant and the Aardvark, and select episodes of the first syndicated Pink Panther Show series only those episodes with the middle cartoon being an Ant and Aardvark. Teletoon Retro then showed all 16 episodes of The All New Pink Panther Show, with the panther and Crazylegs Crane. The laugh track is muted for most entries.

The episodes shown on Teletoon Retro also featured remastered versions, while the wrap-around content was in rougher condition. The Inspector cartoon, Tour de Farce, had the wrong title card, that for Reaux, Reaux, Reaux Your Boat.

Cartoon Network reran The Pink Panther Show from 1992 to 2004, and intermittently in 2006, 2009, and 2012. A "no-frills" version aired on Boomerang five days a week at 5:30 AM, 10 AM and 2:30 PM; the Boomerang version included four shorts and no bumpers, in the style of its other theatrical-short compilation shows. Until August 2009, Boomerang only featured shorts from The Pink Panther, The Ant and the Aardvark and The Inspector. The laugh track was present on several entries. Currently, the show remains intact on the Spanish Language Boomerang TV channel with most entries containing their original laugh track.

The show also previously aired in its original format on This TV on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 AM Eastern time as part of its Cookie Jar Toons programming block until September 22, 2011. The digital broadcast network Light TV has run the series since the networks launch Christmas weekend 2016. Currently, the show airs at 10:00 AM ET/PT on Saturdays and Sundays; their broadcasts consist of two back-to-back airings of the original half-hour series, with the 10:30 AM Saturday program repeating the next day at 10:00 AM and the 10:30 AM Sunday episode repeating the following Saturday at 10:00 AM. Light TV also airs The New Pink Panther Show, The All-New Pink Panther Show, and Pink Panther and Pals in the same time slot.



                                     

3. Overall cast

  • Tom Holland – Pancho
  • Daws Butler – Pug, Louie
  • Bob Holt – Hoot Kloot, Hoot Kloots Horse, Dogfather
  • Rich Little – Pink Panther
  • Don Messick – Sergeant Deux-Deux
  • Frank Welker – Crazylegs Crane Jr., Dragonfly
  • Pat Harrington, Jr. – The Inspector
  • Larry D. Mann – Blue Racer, Crazylegs Crane
  • Arnold Stang – Catfish
  • Lennie Weinrib – Roland, Rattfink
  • Arte Johnson – Misterjaw
  • John Byner – Charlie Ant, Blue Aardvark
  • Don Diamond – Toro
  • Paul Winchell – Fearless Freddy
  • Bob Ogle – Harry Halibut
                                     

4. Episode list

Think Pink Panther 1977–1978

The final series broadcast on NBC, Think Pink Panther reverted to the traditional 30-minute format and consisted of repeats. No new cartoons were created for this show.

Pink Panther Encore 1979–1980

For its eleventh and final season, It consists of 52 episodes. Like the ninth season, no new cartoons were created for this show.

Spanish versions

Other versions of The Pink Panther Show have been seen and aired only in Spanish.

                                     

4.1. Episode list The Pink Panther Show 1969–1971

The first season of The Pink Panther Show 1969–1971 consisted of one The Inspector entry sandwiched by two Pink Panther entries. The show was "hosted" by The Pink Panther and The Inspector, seen during the opening sequence, which showed a boy driving the Panthermobile from the countryside to Graumans Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. During the journey, images of animals mentioned in the song are seen alongside clips of the panther from Reel Pink, Come On In! The Waters Pink and Put Pink. Upon arrival, the Pink Panther and the Inspector then disembark from the Panthermobile and enter the famous theatre. In the ending credits, the Inspector climbs back into the Panthermobile, but leaves the Pink Panther behind, who is seen chasing after the car.

The shows title song, "Panther Pink Panther From Head To Toes", was written by Doug Goodwin and played over the opening and closing sequence.

The entries utilized for the second season featured complete original theatrical titles. With only two exceptions, the first and third cartoons of each episode were Pink Panthers, and second was an Inspector. In the two exceptions, the first and third cartoons were Inspectors, and the middle one was a Pink Panther. Unlike Season 1, a full laugh track was not used but rather an abridged version using isolated laughs from Season 1 edited onto the soundtrack by DFE these inferior versions currently in circulation are marked with †. Seasons 1 and 2 were repackaged as a single Season 1 in the 2000s.



                                     

4.2. Episode list The New Pink Panther Show 1971–1974

The New Pink Panther Show 1971–1974 featured a new opening and closing sequence and theme song, pitting the attention-seeking Aardvark against the panther. The shows new title song, "Pantherly Pride", was written by Doug Goodwin and played over the opening sequence.

This incarnation aired The Ant and the Aardvark during the 1971–1972 season. Later seasons swapped The Ant and the Aardvark with theatrical series Roland and Rattfink, Hoot Kloot or The Blue Racer, as well as reruns of The Inspector. Only eight new Pink Panther cartoons were produced over this three-year period in Bold.

                                     

4.3. Episode list The Pink Panther and Friends 1974–1976

The Pink Panther and Friends 1974–1976 followed the same format as The New Pink Panther Show. The first Pink Panther entry was a new episode, while the second was a repeat of an old entry. Bumpers featuring The Inspector and The Ant and the Aardvark connected the three entries. New series The Dogfather originally produced for theatrical release was also added to broadcasts, in addition to The Blue Racer or Hoot Kloot.

                                     

4.4. Episode list Think Pink Panther 1977–1978

The final series broadcast on NBC, Think Pink Panther reverted to the traditional 30-minute format and consisted of repeats. No new cartoons were created for this show.



                                     

4.5. Episode list The All New Pink Panther Show 1978–1979

The All New Pink Panther Show 1978–1979 was a new version of the series commenced after NBC ended its nine-year run. For its tenth season, ABC-TV picked up the series and requested 32 new made-for-television Pink Panther shorts, along with 16 entries for the new Crazylegs Crane segment. A disco-flavored rendition of Henry Mancinis "Pink Panther Theme" was used for the opening and closing credits, with the closing credits featuring a disco-dancing panther. "Stay Tuned" bumpers were produced for seven episodes as well.

                                     

4.6. Episode list Pink Panther Encore 1979–1980

For its eleventh and final season, It consists of 52 episodes. Like the ninth season, no new cartoons were created for this show.

                                     

4.7. Episode list The Pink Panther Show 1980, syndicated

MGM/UA Television syndicated a weekday 30-minute Pink Panther show in 1980, complete with bumpers and laugh-tracked versions of the shorts. A new opening sequence preceding the show featured Henry Mancinis "Pink Panther Theme" played under a segment from Pink Outs featuring the Pink Panther folding the backdrop into a square to be eaten. The closer featured the last few seconds of the theme played under a scene from Reel Pink featuring the panther water skiing.

MGM/UA created two versions of the syndication package. The first consisted of The Pink Panther, Inspector, The Ant and the Aardvark and Texas Toads entries sourced from film elements utilized during the programs original network run.

The second version consisted of The Pink Panther, The Ant and the Aardvark and Misterjaw entries sourced from new prints of the original film negatives and transferred to videotape, resulting in sharper images. As The Pink Panther and The Ant and the Aardvark entries were sourced using theatrical prints sans laugh track, a new, less invasive laugh track being employed on sitcoms at the time was added to the soundtrack for consistency to match the made-for-television Misterjaw entries and bumper sequences that retained their respective laugh-tracked soundtracks.

The second version also incorporated several of the made-for-television Pink Panther entries from The All New Pink Panther Show. Pre-1978 Pink Panther and Ant and the Aardvark entries featured shorter opening titles with introduction music from either The New Pink Panther Show 1971–1974 or The All New Pink Panther Show 1978–1979. Closing credits featuring the Pink Panther disco dancing from The All New Pink Panther Show closed out the episodes.



                                     

4.8. Episode list Spanish versions

Other versions of The Pink Panther Show have been seen and aired only in Spanish.