|Pink Panther series|
|Directed by||Friz Freleng
|Produced by||David H. DePatie
|Voices by||Rich Little|
|Music by||William Lava|
|Animation by||Warren Batchelder
|Backgrounds by||Tom O'Loughlin|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release date(s)||June 10, 1965|
|Running time||6' 16"|
|Preceded by||Shocking Pink|
|Followed by||The Pink Tail Fly|
Pink Ice is the ninth cartoon produced in the Pink Panther series. A total of 124 6-minute cartoons were produced between 1964 and 1980.
The Pink Panther owns a diamond mine in South Africa and manages to unearth a large stone. Though he has safely locked the diamond away, a crooked pair of miners, named Devereaux (with the vocal mimicking in the style of Alfred Hitchcock) and Hoskins, operating the neighboring mine steal the panther's discovery. Devereaux and Hoskins then try to dispose of the Pink Panther, but fail miserably. In conclusion of the last scheme, Devereaux and Hoskins end up turning on each other as the panther takes their largest gem.
Whereas the panther had a single line of dialogue in Sink Pink, he is given extensive dialogue in Pink Ice. Friz Freleng soon realized that the character was more appealing as a sophisticated mute; talking was discontinued for the remainder of the series due to the expense of translating dialogue into foreign languages.
All voices were provided by Rich Little impersonating English actor David Niven. Niven's sophisticated vocal style was chosen for the Pink Panther, as he portrayed diamond thief Sir Charles Lytton (a.k.a. the Phantom) in the original Pink Panther film with Peter Sellers.
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