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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 Isadore "Friz" Freleng

Hawley Pratt (co-director)

Episode Guide
Pink Pajamas

The Pink Phink is the first animated short from Blake Edwards' Pink Panther.


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


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


  • In the 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 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.


  • 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.



The Pink Panther in "The Pink Phink"


The Pink Panther in "The Pink Phink"-2

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Blake Edwards' Pink Panther

1964: "The Pink Phink" "Pink Pajamas"

1965: "We Give Pink Stamps" "Dial "P" for Pink" "Sink Pink" "Pickled Pink" "Pinkfinger" "Shocking Pink" "Pink Ice" "The Pink Tail Fly" "Pink Panzer" "An Ounce of Pink" "Reel Pink" "Bully for Pink"

1966: "Pink Punch" "Pink Pistons" "Vitamin Pink" "The Pink Blueprint" "Pink, Plunk, Plink" "Smile Pretty, Say Pink" "Pink-A-Boo" "Genie with the Light Pink Fur" "Super Pink" "Rock A Bye Pinky"

1967: "Pinknic" "Pink Panic" "Pink Posies" "Pink of the Litter" "In the Pink" "Jet Pink" "Pink Paradise" "Pinto Pink" "Congratulations It's Pink" "Prefabricated Pink" "The Hand Is Pinker Than the Eye" "Pink Outs"

1968: "Sky Blue Pink" "Pinkadilly Circus" "Psychedelic Pink" "Come On In! The Water's Pink" "Put-Put, Pink" "G.I. Pink" "Lucky Pink" "The Pink Quarterback" "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Pink" "Pink Valiant" "The Pink Pill" "Prehistoric Pink" "Pink in the Clink" "Little Beaux Pink" "Tickled Pink" "Pink Sphinx" "Pink Is a Many Splintered Thing" "The Pink Package Plot" "Pinkcome Tax"

1969: "Pink-A-Rella" "Pink Pest Control" "Think Before You Pink" "Slink Pink" "In the Pink of the Night" "Pink on the Cob" "Extinct Pink"

1971: "A Fly in the Pink" "Pink Blue Plate" "Pink Tuba-Dore" "Pink Pranks" "The Pink Flea" "Psst Pink" "Gong with the Pink" "Pink-In" "Pink 8 Ball"

1974: "Pink Aye" "Trail of the Lonesome Pink"

1975: "Pink DaVinci" "Pink Streaker" "Salmon Pink" "Forty Pink Winks" "Pink Plasma" "Pink Elephant" "Keep Our Forests Pink" "Bobolink Pink" "It's Pink, But Is It Mink?" "Pink Campaign" "The Scarlet Pinkernel"

1976: "Mystic Pink" "The Pink of Arabee" "The Pink Pro" "Pink Piper" "Pinky Doodle" "Sherlock Pink" "Rocky Pink"

1977: "Therapeutic Pink"

1978: "Pink Pictures" "Pink Arcade" "Pink Lemonade" "Pink Trumpet" "Sprinkle Me Pink" "Dietetic Pink" "Pink U.F.O." "Pink Lightning" "Cat and the Pinkstalk" "Pink Daddy" "Pink S.W.A.T." "Pink and Shovel" "Pinkologist" "Yankee Doodle Pink" "Pink Press" "Pet Pink Pebbles" "The Pink of Bagdad" "Pink in the Drink" "Pink Bananas" "Pinktails for Two" "Pink Z-Z-Z" "Star Pink" "Pink Breakfast" "Pink Quackers" "Toro Pink" "String Along in Pink" "Pink in the Woods" "Pink Pull" "Spark Plug Pink" "Doctor Pink" "Pink Suds" "Supermarket Pink"