Friday, November 8, 2013

The Return of the Pink Panther

Growing up one of my favorite movies was The Return of the Pink Panther. I can recall countless movie nights where my sister and I sat in the middle of the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and sang along to the opening credits.

In this 1975 comedy/crime/mystery film  the bumbling idiot, Inspector Clouseau is assigned to work the case when the Pink Panther diamond is stolen. Through out the film hilarious event take place that cause your stomach to hurt from laughing so hard. However the most impressive part of the film takes place in just 4 minutes.

The animation short was created by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, they were an American animation production company from 1963 to 1985. They produced theatrical cartoons, animated series, commercials, film title design sequences and television specials. The Pink Panther title sequences are what the company are most well known for. A brilliant team of three are responsible for creating this masterpiece, Blake Edwards a comic constructionist, Henry Mancini was the composer, and Friz Freleng was in charge of the actual cartoon work. Friz Freleng was an american animator, cartoonist, director and producer. Some of his most famous work consists of the Loony Toons and the Merrie Melodies series.

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