The Pink Panther (1993 TV series)

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The Pink Panther
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Genre Comedy
Fantasy
Created by Friz Freleng (characters: The Pink Panther and The Ant and the Aardvark)
David H. DePatie
Blake Edwards
Directed by Charles Grosvenor
Byron Vaughns
Starring Matt Frewer as The Pink Panther
Voices of Sheryl Bernstein
John Byner
Dan Castellaneta
Brian George
Jess Harnell
Joe Piscopo
Charles Nelson Reilly
Wallace Shawn
Kath Soucie
Jo Anne Worley
Theme music composer Henry Mancini (arranged by Eddie Arkin)
Composer(s) Albert Olson and James Stemple
Mark Watters (supervising composer)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 60 (119 segments)
Production
Executive producer(s) Walter Mirisch
Marvin Mirisch
Paul Sabella
Mark Young
Producer(s) Kelly Ward
Charles Grosvenor
Byron Vaughns
Ronald A. Levinson
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation
Distributor Claster Television (Season 1)
Camelot Entertainment Sales (Season 1)
MGM Television
Release
Original network Syndication
Original release September 11, 1993 – December 16, 1996
Chronology
Preceded by Pink Panther and Sons
Followed by Pink Panther and Pals

The Pink Panther is a 1993 animated television series, starring the Pink Panther and his co-stars from the original cartoon shorts in a series of brand new stories. The programme was credited as being a co-production of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation, Mirisch-Geoffrey-DePatie-Freleng and United Artists, though only the former was responsible for its production, as the other properties either ceased to exist or were transferred to MGM a decade before it was aired. It was distributed by Claster Television and not MGM Television, despite MGM owning The Pink Panther, and is the only series to have the panther talk; in other animated series featuring the Pink Panther, he is silent and only rarely speaks.

The show was nominated for a daytime Emmy award in 1994 for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition.[1]

Premise[edit]

The 1993 incarnation of The Pink Panther starred the legendary hip feline in series of brand new adventures, in which he dealt with different situations in a manner similar to the original Looney Tunes shorts, ranging from modern day situations such as working as a delivery boy to outlandish situations like living in caveman days. Unlike previous television series and almost the entire theatrical run, the series was produced with the Panther capable of speaking throughout the episodes. Voiced by Matt Frewer, he was given a humorous American accent in order to appeal to younger children, which was in sharp contrast to the sophisticated British accent supplied by impressionist Rich Little who voiced the Panther briefly in two 1965 cartoon shorts, Sink Pink and Pink Ice.[2][3]

Alongside the Pink Panther, a number of his co-stars from the original theatrical shorts appear in the series, including: The Inspector, who the Panther assists in the guise of an American police officer; The Ant and the Aardvark, with John Byner reprising the role of both characters;[2] The Dogfather and his henchdogs Pugg and Louie, who were redesigned for this series; The Muscle Man from the 1968 cartoon Come On In! The Water's Pink; and "The Little Man", who like the Panther, was also designed to speak in the series, with Wallace Shawn providing his voice. The series also featured new characters, including a mask-wearing tribal witch doctor named Voodoo Man, a little red-headed girl named Thelma, and a sweet old lady named Mrs. Chubalingo and her pet parrot Jules.

Episode list[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 40 September 11, 1993 (1993-09-11) June 11, 1994 (1994-06-11)
2 20 September 10, 1994 (1994-09-10) April 12, 1995 (1995-04-12)

Season 1: 1993–1994[edit]

# Title Air Date
1 "Pink, Pink & Away/Down on the Ant Farm" September 11, 1993 (1993-09-11)

Pink, Pink & Away: Pinky is inspired by his favorite superhero to stop the Dogfather's kidnapping.

Down on the Ant Farm:
2 "Pink and Quiet/The Pinky 500" September 18, 1993 (1993-09-18)

Pink and Quiet:

The Pinky 500: Pinky, while trying to win an auto race, must first deal with driving a car that has a mind of its own.
3 "The Ghost and Mr. Panther/Cleopanthra" September 25, 1993 (1993-09-25)
4 "Big Top Pinky/Yeti Nother Bigfoot Story" October 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)
5 "Pinky In Paradise/Department Store Pinkerton" October 9, 1993 (1993-10-09)

Pinky In Paradise: Aided by a voracious parrot, Pinky searches for buried treasure only to come up against a territorial Voodoo Man with a bad attitude and a magical voodoo staff.

Department Store Pinkerton:
6 "Moby Pink/The Pink Stuff" October 16, 1993 (1993-10-16)

Moby Pink:

The Pink Stuff: Pinky and Avery Bravery fly to Mars. While Pinky wants to interact peacefully with life on Mars, Avery Bravery wants to exploit Mars for personal benefit.
7 "Pink Pizza/Pink Painter" October 23, 1993 (1993-10-23)

Pink Pizza: Pinky helps Granny, the owner of a ramshackle pizza parlor, to compete and eventually succeed against Big Eddie's, a hi-tech, glitzy pizza conglomerate

Pink Painter:
8 "Pink Paparazzi/Werewolf in Panther's Clothing" October 30, 1993 (1993-10-30)

Pink Paparazzi:

Werewolf in Panther's Clothing: Working as a dogcatcher, Pinky encounters a werewolf in a spooky European village where the inhabitants are all a little "batty."
9 "Rock Me Pink/Pinkus Pantherus" November 6, 1993 (1993-11-06)

Rock Me Pink: Pinky tries everything to get rock star Zinc to hear his music.

Pinkus Pantherus:
10 "Pilgrim Panther/That Old Pink Magic" November 13, 1993 (1993-11-13)
11 "Pink-anderthal Man/Pink Kong" November 20, 1993 (1993-11-20)

Pink-anderthal Man:

Pink Kong: Pinky takes Queen Kong to New York City to become a famous singer.
12 "The Magnificent Pink One/Downhill Panther" November 27, 1993 (1993-11-27)

The Magnificent Pink One: When a one-horse town needs a new Sheriff, Pinky gets the job, only to learn that the notorious Baddie Brothers are comin' to town.

Downhill Panther:
13 "14 Karat Pink/Robo-Pink" December 4, 1993 (1993-12-04)

14 Karat Pink: Pinky goes to California to become a rancher, but must fight the competition for a vein of gold.

Robo-Pink: Pinky works as a security guard at a top-secret factory and must prevent those secrets from getting stolen.
14 "Pink Encounters/Junkyard Pink Blues" December 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)

Pink Encounters: Pinky accidentally hi-jacks a spaceship, whose owners are being held captive by the scientist Von Schmart. Pinky must help the aliens escape the laboratory.

Junkyard Pink Blues: Pinky is on the hunt for poodle Foo-Fee to get a $100,000 reward, but the Dogfather tries to sabotage the job.
15 "Pantherobics/Pinkenstein" December 18, 1993 (1993-12-18)

Pantherobics:

Pinkenstein: Pinky is hired by the mayor of Whispering Pines to trap mice, but the neighborhood witch continually distracts the Panther from doing his job.
16 "Pinky Rider/Midnight Ride of Pink Revere" December 25, 1993 (1993-12-25)

Pinky Rider: Pinky starts a delivery service, and though menaced by a motorcycle gang and a monster truck delivery company, he manages to deliver the goods.

Midnight Ride of Pink Revere: Pinky has to warn his fellow colonists that the British are coming.
17 "Pinky...He Delivers/Super-Pink's Egg-cellent Adventure" January 1, 1994 (1994-01-01)

Pinky...He Delivers:

Super-Pink's Egg-cellent Adventure: A giant sumo wrestler steals the Professor's huge egg he plans to feed with the world in order to make giant egg drop soup, which, according to a fortune cookie, will guarantee him dictator of the world. Pink becomes Super-Pink to save the day and egg.
18 "Cowboy Pinky/Stealth Panther" January 8, 1994 (1994-01-08)

Cowboy Pinky: Tenderfoot Pinky helps Heidi Von Schmarty get her priceless herd of three cows to San Francisco, despite cattle rustling attempts by outlaws Dogfather, Louie and Pugg.

Stealth Panther:
19 "Pinkazuma's Revenge/Pink Down Under" January 15, 1994 (1994-01-15)

Pinkzauma's Revenge:

Pinky Down Under: Pinky fights crime in the Australian outback.
20 "Pinkadoon/A Camp Pink We Will Go" January 22, 1994 (1994-01-22)

Pinkadoon: Moroccan taxi driver Pinky gets trapped in an Arabian Nights city which magically appears for only one hour every hundred years. With the help of an inept genie, he tries to free his female fare from the clutches of the evil Sultan and his men.

A Camp Pink We Will Go:
21 "Icy Pink/The End of Superpink?" January 29, 1994 (1994-01-29)

Icy Pink:

The End of Superpink?: Pinky, as Super-Pink, writes and sell his own comic books, but has trouble getting customers when he's placed in the same comic convention as the egotistical muscular superhero Captain Chaos. The two then fight over the loyalty of a child named Lester.
22 "All for Pink and Pink for All/Service with a Pink Smile" February 5, 1994 (1994-02-05)
"All for Pink and Pink for All" features The Ant and the Aardvark[4]
23 "Trains, Pains, and Panthers/Wet and Wild Pinky" February 12, 1994 (1994-02-12)
24 "From Hair to Eternity/Strike Flea, You're Out!" February 19, 1994 (1994-02-19)
25 "Cinderpink/It's a Bird! It's a Pain! It's Superfan!" February 26, 1994 (1994-02-26)
26 "Who's Smiling Now? (The Inspector)/Robin Hoodwinked" March 5, 1994 (1994-03-05)
27 "Hook Line and Pinker/Valentine Pink" March 12, 1994 (1994-03-12)
28 "Dino Sour Head/The Luck of the Pinkish" March 19, 1994 (1994-03-19)
29 "The Inspector...Not (The Inspector)/Pink Links" March 26, 1994 (1994-03-26)
30 "Stool Parrot (The Inspector)/Pinky and Slusho" April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
31 "Panthergeist/Pink Pending's Pink Slip" April 9, 1994 (1994-04-09)
32 "The Three Pink Porker/The Heart of Pinkness" April 16, 1994 (1994-04-16)
"The Heart of Pinkness" features The Ant and the Aardvark
33 "The Inspector's Most Wanted (The Inspector)/Pinky Appleseed" April 23, 1994 (1994-04-23)
34 "Calling Dr. Panther/For Those Who Pink Young" April 30, 1994 (1994-04-30)
35 "Lights, Camera, Voodoo/I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas" May 7, 1994 (1994-05-07)
36 "Wiener Takes All/The Easter Panther" May 14, 1994 (1994-05-14)
37 "The Inspector's Club (The Inspector)/A Royal Pain" May 21, 1994 (1994-05-21)
38 "Black & White & Pink All Over/Beach Blanket Pinky" May 28, 1994 (1994-05-28)

Black & White & Pink All Over: Down on his luck, Detective Pinky agrees to locate a pesky little girl's doll, and stumbles onto the cast of the missing "Gazoonta Diamonds."

Beach Blanket Pinky:
39 "Digging for Dollars (The Inspector)/Pinknocchio" June 4, 1994 (1994-06-04)
40 "Pink Up the River/Long John Pinky" June 11, 1994 (1994-06-11)

Season 2: 1994–1995[edit]

# Title Air Date
41 "Muff the Magic Dragon/Pink Thumb" September 10, 1994 (1994-09-10)
42 "Pink Dilemma/Oh, Varkula" September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)
43 "Ice Blue Pink/Pink Trek" September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)

Ice Blue Pink:

Pink Trek: Galaxy-trekking starship commander Captain Pink gets some help from the Voodoo Man in order to defeat the villainous Bird the Merciless.
44 "Legend of El Pinko/Pinky Big" October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
45 "Eric the Pink/Pretty and Pink" October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)

Eric the Pink: In Viking times, the penniless Panther's only hope for experiencing a vacation sea cruise is to pose as Erik the Red and set sail with a crew of looters and plunderers. The Panther falls afoul of a jealous first mate intent on jettisoning him.

Pretty and Pink:
46 "Built for Speed/Pooch the Panther" October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
47 "Pinky in Toyland/The Detective of Oz" October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)

Pinky in Toyland:

The Detective of Oz: Pinky works as a hard-boiled detective in the Emerald City. His world gets turned upside down when, weirdly, the Wicked Witch needs help finding her stolen ruby pumps.
48 "Royal Canadian Mounted Panther/Power of Pink" October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)
49 "Lifestyles of the Pink and Famous/Happy Trails Pinky" November 5, 1994 (1994-11-05)
50 "A Hard Day's Pink/You Only Pink Twice" November 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)
51 "It's Just a Gypsy in My Soup/Three Aliens and A Footstool" November 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)

It's Just A Gypsy in My Soup:

Three Aliens and A Footstool: While attempting to get some spring cleaning done, Pinky is captured by a group of space beings with "Ikea-esque" designs on the people of Earth. Pinky is the only hope for mankind as he takes these creatures on a tour they won't soon forget.
52 "Mummy Dearest/Feast of Famine" November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)
53 "No Pink is an Island/Pinky and the Golden Fleece" December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)

No Pink is an Island: When sea captain Pink and his sole passenger, the Aardvark, are stranded on a desert island, Pink is driven coconuts by the Aardvark's outrageous demands. But Pink's problems get worse when they're captured by a horde of ants who prepare to sacrifice them to the dreaded "big thing!"

Pinky and the Golden Fleece:

"No Pink is an Island" features The Ant and the Aardvark[5]
54 "Home Stretch Pinky/Pink Pucks" December 10, 1994 (1994-12-10)
45 "The Reluctant Ninja/Pantherella" December 17, 1994 (1994-12-17)
56 "Pink's Ark/Rain or Snow or Pink of Night" December 24, 1994 (1994-12-24)
57 "Pink in the Middle/Pink in the Poke" December 31, 1994 (1994-12-31)
58 "A Nut at the Opera/Hamm-n-Eggz" January 7, 1995 (1995-01-07)

A Nut at the Opera:

Hamm-n-Eggz: In this spin-off episode, Hamm and Eggz accidentally fall into (and royally mess up) a job creating the perfect wedding for the obnoxious daughter of the mafioso hit-man Vinnie "The Fist" Phistopholies.
59 "Voodoo Man/7 Manly Men" January 14, 1995 (1995-01-14)
60 "The Texas Toads/Driving Mr. Pink/The Ant and the Aardvark" April 12, 1995 (1995-04-12)
Was shown for the U.S. theatrical release of The Pebble and the Penguin.

Principal cast[edit]

Additional cast[edit]

DVD release[edit]

  • A DVD box set called "Der rosarote Panther - Die neue Show" was released in Germany (Region 2) on February 21, 2006 through MGM. This set contains the first 40 Episodes in English, French and German on four DVDs. The set was then released in the UK from MGM and Fox on February 2, 2009; the remaining 20 episodes are yet to be released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Pink Panther on IMDb
  2. ^ a b Beck, Jerry. (2006) Pink Panther: The Ultimate Guide to the Coolest Cat in Town!; DK ADULT, ISBN 0-7566-1033-8
  3. ^ DePatie-Freleng website
  4. ^ "All for Pink and Pink for All"
  5. ^ "No Pink is an Island" (Spanish dubbed version)

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