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 (1964: Animated Short Subject) 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!
is the street date for this timelessly hip, ferociously funny box set. For $69.96 you get not onlyl five DVDs chock-full of the hilarious cartoons, but these special features as well:
- "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
If The Pink Panther Show - Classic Cartoon Collection 5-Pack Box Set
's $69.96 price tag is too much for you, then you can ease into the pink instead with 3 single-disc releases that street the same date. The Pink Panther Show - Classic Cartoon Collection Volume 1
, Volume 2
, and Volume 3
each contain 27 shorts for $14.95 SRP per sold-separately disc. The first volume contains the Oscar-winning Pink Phink
short, so if you had to start with one of these, then that would be the one!
Stay tuned, and we'll have cover art for these once MGM makes it available.