The Inspector and Deux-Deux.
The second animated series from DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
, and something of a Spin-Off
from The Pink Panther
series. The Inspector
can best be described as what would happen if you turned the Mind Screw
of the Pink Panther
films Up to Eleven
, while dialling down the incompetence of its main character. The cartoons feature the titular Inspector attempting to solve surreal crimes in his home country of France, and generally failing miserably. The other main characters are the Inspector's dim-witted Spanish assistant, Deux-Deux, and the Inspector's boss, the Commissioner.
There were 34 cartoons produced between 1965 and 1969, making it DFE's longest running series apart from the animated Pink Panther
shorts. The Inspector
was also the companion series for the Pink Panther
cartoons in The Pink Panther Show
for its first three seasons, after which it was replaced by The Ant and the Aardvark
Both the Inspector and Commissioner were revived as recurring characters in the 1993 Pink Panther
- Animated Adaptation: While the series differs in many ways to the live-action Pink Panther films, it's far more like an animated version of the films than the actual Pink Panther cartoons are.
- Bad Boss: Averted in the sense that the Commissioner usually has good reason to reprimand the Inspector for his goof ups, but that does not excuse him being such a loudmouth tyrant with zero patience for any of his subordinate's mistakes or explanations.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The Inspector very rarely solves cases successfully, and even when he does, the bad guys still find some way to screw him over.
- Actually, the villains are almost always brought to justice though it's often by accident rather than design.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: While the Inspector is undoubtedly inspired by Clouseau, he isn't called Clouseau. In fact, we never find out what his full name is. However, in the animated title sequence for the Alan Arkin film, Inspector Clouseau, the Inspector is featured and he is clearly named Clouseau.
- Butt Monkey: The Inspector only rarely wins at the end, and is usually screwed over when he does.
- Early Installment Weirdness: An unusual example of late installment weirdness occurs in the 1968 short "La Feet's Defeat" in which Deux-Deux is recast as an eager new recruit and Butt Monkey.
- Expy: The Inspector himself, for the live-action Inspector Clouseau. Unlike Clouseau, the animated Inspector isn't dangerously incompetent, and while he certainly isn't very good at his job, he's much more prone to bad luck than bad judgement. Likewise, the Commissioner is in effect an animated version of Dreyfus from the live-action films, though he only lashes out at the Inspector in anger rather than actually plotting to kill him. He did throw a bomb at the Inspector for failing to protect him from a bomber, though this being a cartoon series, being blown up is just a minor inconvenience.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: In the episode Reaux, Reaux, Reaux Your Boat, Crab Louie appears to be this for Captain Clamity
- Large and in Charge: The Commissioner towers over The Inspector and is typically roaring at the top of his lungs at the Inspector's latest goof ups.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The Commissioner once got rid of the Inspector by having replaced with a robot. The robot was so competent he also got the Commissioner's job.
- Only Sane Man: Either the Inspector or the Commissioner. If the Commissioner appears in the cartoon then he'll be the Only Sane Man, and if not, then the Inspector himself will take on the role.
- The Other Darrin: The Commissioner was voiced by Larry Storch, Paul Frees, Mark Skor, and Marvin Miller over the course of the series. When he appeared in the 1993 Pink Panther series he was voiced by Kenneth Mars.
- Deux-Deux was voiced by Don Messick for one cartoon, although Pat Harrington still voiced the Inspector in that cartoon.
- In the bumper segments for the 1969 Pink Panther Show both the Inspector and Sgt. Deux-Deux were voiced by Marvin Miller.
- Talking to Himself: Pat Harrington voices both The Inspector and Deux-Deux, meaning this trope occurs practically Once an Episode.
- Take That: "London Derierre" is basically one gigantic Take That against the British Police, mocking them because they don't carry guns.