The Pink Phink

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The Pink Phink
Pink Panther series
Original theatrical poster
Directed by Friz Freleng
Hawley Pratt
Produced by David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Story by John W. Dunn
Music by William Lava
Henry Mancini
Animation by Don Williams
Bob Matz
Norman McCabe
Laverne Harding
Backgrounds by Thomas O'Loughlin
Studio DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
(Marvel Animation)
Distributed by United Artists (1964–1981)
MGM/UA Entertainment Company (1981–1986)
MGM/UA Communications Co. (1986–1990)
MGM-Pathe Communications Co.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1992–present)
Release date(s) December 18, 1964
Color process Deluxe
Running time 6' 46"
Language Not language specific
Followed by Pink Pajamas

The Pink Phink is a 1964 animated short comedy film, directed by Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt. It is the first animated short starring Blake Edwards' Pink Panther.


The Pink Panther and an unnamed painter (known as the "Little Man") compete over whether a house should be painted blue or pink. Each time the painter attempts to paint something blue, the panther thwarts him in a new way, and paints the object/area pink. At the end, the exasperated painter inadvertently turns the house and everything around it pink (first by repeatedly shooting at the elusive panther with a shotgun that the panther had poured pink paint into, and then by burying the panther's pink paint cans in the soil outside the house, where they "sprout"), and the panther moves in. But just before he moves in, he paints the white man completely pink. The painter gets upset and bangs his head against the mailbox outside. The Pink Panther then walks into the house as the sun (also turned pink) sets and the cartoon fades out.[1]

Academy Award[edit]

The Pink Phink was the first Pink Panther animated short produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and by winning the 1964 Academy Award for Animated Short Film, it marked the first time that a studio won an Academy Award with its very first animated short.[1]


Laugh track[edit]

The Pink Panther Show contained a laugh track when the Pink Panther cartoons were broadcast on NBC.[1] Most American broadcasts currently air with the laugh track muted; however, The Pink Phink airs with the original laugh track intact on the Spanish language Boomerang TV channel, and the France Channel Gulli.

Popular culture[edit]

  • An episode of the animated series Dexter's Laboratory entitled "A Silent Cartoon" is a homage to this short; the short features Dexter (filling the role of the painter) trying to construct a blue laboratory, while an all-pink version of his sister Dee Dee finds clever ways to turn the blue lab into a completely pink lab.
  • In the 2010 series Pink Panther and Pals, a scene from "A Pinker Tomorrow" in which the Pink Panther tricks the Little Man (Big Nose) to cover the outside of the house in paint, is homage to the original short.

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