The Pink Phink
The Pink Phink is a 1964 animated short comedy film, produced (with David H. DePatie) and directed (with Hawley Pratt) by Friz Freleng with characters animated by the triple male character animators, Don Williams, Bob Matz and Norman McCabe and the solo female character animator, Laverne Harding. It is the first animated short starring the Pink Panther.
|The Pink Phink|
Original theatrical poster
|Directed by||Friz Freleng|
|Produced by||David H. DePatie & Friz Freleng|
|Story by||John W. Dunn|
|Music by||William Lava|
|Animation by||Character animation:|
|Backgrounds by||Background paint:|
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|Distributed by||United Artists|
|December 18, 1964|
|Language||Not language specific|
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 grow pink grass and trees), 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.
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.
- "The Pink Panther Theme": Henry Mancini
- Co-Produced by: David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng
- Directed by: Friz Freleng
- Co-Director: Hawley Pratt
- Story by: John W. Dunn
- Character Animation by the three male character animators, Don Williams, Bob Matz and Norman McCabe, and the one female character animator, LaVerne Harding
- Solo Character and Background Layout by: Dick Ung
- Solo Background Paint by: Tom O'Loughlin
- Film Editor: Lee Gunther
- Solo Production Supervision: Bill Orcutt
- Music score: William Lava
A laugh track was added to the theatrical Pink Panther cartoons when they were broadcast as part of the Pink Panther Show aired on NBC, and this laugh track still appears on when the show is aired on the Spanish language Boomerang TV channel, and the France Channel Gulli. Most American broadcasts currently air minus the laugh track. The Pink Phink can be viewed in its original form with full titles and sans laugh track on The Official Pink Panther channel on YouTube.
- 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 a homage to the original short, but in a futuristic environment.