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The Pink Panther
Episode 1
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Air date December 18, 1964
Written by John W. Dunn
Directed by Friz Freleng
Hawley Pratt (co-director)
Music score William Lava
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The Pink Phink is the first animated short from Blake Edwards' Pink Panther.

Synopsis

The Pink Panther and The Little Man, as a decorator, disagree over the color a house should be painted.

Plot

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.

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Credits

Awards

Organization Recipients Award Result
Academy Awards David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Best Short Subject, Cartoons
Won

Notes

  • In the Pink Panther and Pals episode A Pinker Tomorrow, when the Pink Panther tricks the Big Nose to cover the outside of the house in paint, is a reference to this short.
  • This was the first short in history to win an Academy Award on debut.
  • Theatrically released in the USA with Kiss Me, Stupid.
  • Pink and medium blue are the only colors used in this otherwise monochromatic cartoon.

Legacy

  • An episode of the animated series Dexter's Laboratory entitled "A Silent Cartoon" is a homage to this short; it 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.

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The Pink Panther in "The Pink Phink"

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The Pink Panther in "The Pink Phink"-2

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