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In ''[[Film/ThePinkPanther1963 The Pink Panther]]'', the AnimatedCreditsOpening visualized the pink, panther-shaped flaw in the titular diamond as an actual pink panther in an opening sequence created by Creator/DepatieFrelengEnterprises. The credit sequence was so popular that besides becoming the SeriesMascot of the live-action film series, the Pink Panther was given his own series of animated shorts.

The newly founded [=DePatie=]-Freleng studio's first short, "The Pink Phink," won the 1964 UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Animated Short Subject -- the first time an animation studio had won one with its very first cartoon. Subsequent shorts put the Panther in situations ranging from the mundane to the fantastic, always with Henry Mancini's popular theme music somewhere in the score. ''Most'' of the shorts were silent, save for gibberish, sound effects, and music; attempts to give the Panther a voice were washes.

(The German translation of the series, however, featured an ever-present, rhymed voice-over reminiscent of Creator/WilhelmBusch's work, spoken by the German voice of Creator/SeanConnery. It was also only in this dub that the Panther was given a name: Paul. But more often than not, the cutsey version "Paulchen" was used.)

Along with the Panther's shorts, [=DePatie=]-Freleng established a sister series in '''''WesternAnimation/TheInspector''''', shorts inspired by the BreakoutCharacter of the live-action films, Inspector Clouseau. The Inspector in these shorts, voiced by Pat Harrington, was more competent than his movie counterpart, though still prone to bad judgement calls, and was the general ButtMonkey of the series even when he did succeed in the end.

When these shorts were packaged for the television market as the SaturdayMorningCartoon ''The Pink Panther Show'' at the end of TheSixties, they were soon joined by other series over the course of TheSeventies:

* '''The Ant and the Aardvark''': A 17-episode Cat-and-Mouse series about the two titular characters, a red ant and the blue aardvark who constantly tries to eat him.
* '''Tijuana Toads''': A pair of Mexican toads usually fail in catching food, but are luckier in avoiding the hunger of '''Crazylegs Crane''' and '''The Blue Racer''' (who both later got their own series). This was eventually redubbed into ''Texas Toads'' to be less offensive.
* '''Roland and Rattfink''': The eternal conflict between the perfectly pacifistic Roland and the DastardlyWhiplash-like Rattfink.
* '''Sheriff Hoot Kloot''': The misadventures of WildWest lawman Kloot and his horse Fester.
* '''Misterjaw''': A series about an affable German-accented shark and his catfish buddy, with many takeoffs from ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.
* '''The Dogfather''': A canine-focused spoof of ''Film/TheGodfather''.

The Pink Panther is notable as the last great theatrical shorts character, with shorts that ran through UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation all the way up through 1977, a decade or more after Disney and Looney Tunes and all the other great theatrical cartoon studios had gone out of business. Even after the shorts were made specifically for television, they were still released to theaters into the early 1980s. After that, he became the focus of new, TV-only productions.

* Creator/{{ABC}} aired three half-hour animated specials over 1978-81: ''A Pink Christmas'', ''Olym-pinks'', and ''Pink at First Sight''.
* ''The Pink Panther and Sons'', a co-production between Creator/HannaBarbera and [=DePatie=]-Freleng, aired in TheEighties.
* ''The New Pink Panther Show'' ran in syndication from [[TheNineties 1993-95]], and thus far is the only incarnation that gave the Panther a proper voice at all times, provided by Matt Frewer; the Little Man was also voiced full-time here ([[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Wallace]] [[Franchise/ToyStory Shawn]] doing the work there), and many of the other [=DePatie=]-Freleng characters- the Ant and the Aardvark (both reprised by John Byner), the Inspector, and the Dogfather- appeared too, alongside both the Panther and new characters like Voodoo Man.
* ''Pink Panther and Pals'' ran in 2010 on Creator/CartoonNetwork.
* ''A Very Pink Christmas'' was a 2011 half-hour ChristmasSpecial.

The character also starred in a few video games.

* ''Pink Panther'' (1988) Amiga, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, MSX
* ''Pink Goes to Hollywood'' (1993) SNES, Genesis
* ''VideoGame/PinkPantherPassportToPeril'' (1996) PC
* ''VideoGame/PinkPantherHokusPokusPink'' (1998) PC, Sequel to ''Passport to Peril''
* ''Pink Panther: Pinkadelic Pursuit'' (2002) UsefulNotes/PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, PC

Has a [[Characters/PinkPanther character sheet]].
!!''Pink Panther'' cartoons with their own pages:

* ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPhink'' (1964)

!!This series contains examples of:


[[folder:Common to all series]]
* RealMenWearPink: It is clear that the Panther is a guy.

[[folder:1964-80 shorts/series]]
* AmbiguouslyJewish: WesternAnimation/{{The A|ntAndTheAardvark}}ardvark.
** In an episode of ''The New Pink Panther Show'', the Aardvark (as a Franchise/{{Tarzan}} parody) screams "Oy Vey!" in a Tarzan-like manner.
* AnimatedAnthology: When the animated shorts began airing on Saturday morning [=TV=] in 1969 as ''The Pink Panther Show'', it was in a half-hour timeslot and an [=ABA=] format: two Pink Panther shorts and an Inspector short. This particular setup persisted via syndicated airings and (later) Cartoon Network for years. As TheSeventies progressed, the various Pink Panther anthology shows came to include other [=DePatie-Freleng=] shorts.
* ArtEvolution
* AssholeVictim: Several episodes feature The Panther ruining the day of someone who, thankfully, is generally revealed to be a jerk beforehand.
* ButtMonkey: In the episodes where he's not a trickster, the Panther's always being being bedeviled by the universe as a whole. He's remarkably cool about it.
* CluelessDetective: The Inspector - though the cartoons go back on forth (often within the same cartoon) as to whether he's a bumbler with a HypercompetentSidekick, or bumbling but semi-competent with a clueless sidekick [[LetsGetDangerous who still manages to get the job done in the end.]]
* CoolCat: The Panther is the quintessential example, of the "never has to lose his cool" variety even in cartoons where he's the ButtMonkey, he always keeps his silent wit and rhythmic step.
** SmokingIsCool and [[SmokingIsGlamorous Glamorous]]: To wit, he can often be seen smoking, typically with fancy cigarette holders.
* DomesticApplianceDisaster: Pink once lied upon an ironing board, and ironed his tummy fur. The phone rings, and Pink answers it, leaving the hot iron to burn its way completely through his body and the ironing board to tumble onto the floor. Pink hops to his feet and regards the triangular hole in his midsection. Amazingly, it seems neither to hurt nor to debilitate him, being nothing worse than unsightly.
* DownerEnding: Quite a few of the episodes. Some of the most memorable:
** Pink enters a shrine and emerges cursed to morph into different animals every few seconds.
** While trying to kill a fly, he is swallowed alive by a vacuum cleaner, which then sucks up the entire scenery and finally ''itself''.
** After spending an entire episode cleaning up a polluted city as punishment for littering, a TickertapeParade is thrown in his honor - after which [[AllForNothing he is forced to clean up the city]] ''[[AllForNothing again]]''.
* ExploitingTheFourthWall: In one Inspector Clouseau episode the inspector told the artist to comply with law and put the criminal he was chasing behind bars.
* {{Funk}}: The music style heard in the 1978-1980 shorts.
* KarmicTrickster: The Panther - often a master of DisproportionateRetribution as well - though he's also often an innocent trickster who doesn't mean to cause the chaos he does.
* LampshadeHanging
* LaughTrack: By 1969, laugh tracks for Saturday morning had become the norm, and ''The Pink Panther Show'' was no exception.
* LimitedAnimation: Although it improved.
* MedicineShow: The Panther runs one in "Vitamin Pink".
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dean Martin for the Ant and Jackie Mason for the Aardvark. One short also had a computer parodying Creator/PaulLynde.
** The Little Man is a caricature of Creator/FrizFreleng.
* ShrugTake: "The Panther sees/causes some crazy occurrence, shrugs and saunters into the sunset" is a favorite to end episodes.
* SurrealHumor: Often used for one-off gags, although "Pink Outs" is almost nothing ''but'' this.
* SynchronizedSwarming: One cartoon has the title character annoy a swarm of bees. While taking cover inside a house blocks them, the bees take a form of a drill, and create a hole in the door that they fly through.
* TalkingWithSigns: How the Panther typically communicates, with the occasional ImagineSpot which other people can sometimes see.
* TickertapeParade: In "Pink of the Litter", Pink is hired to clean all the litter in town. After he does, he is given one... and then has to clean up after it.
* ThemeTuneCameo: In "Pink, Plunk, Plink" Pink tries to sabotage an orchestra by playing his theme tune. Once he manages to boot off the conductor; he gets the entire orchestra to play the tune. Cut to an empty audience, except for a clapping Music/HenryMancini.
* TheVoiceless: Except on '''two''' occasions (ending of "Sink Pink" and all of "Pink Ice"), and always with a CelebrityStar (Rich Little doing an impression of Creator/DavidNiven, to be exact).
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist

[[folder:''The Pink Panther and Sons'']]
* OutOfFocus: We barely saw the Pink Panther.

[[folder: ''The Pink Panther'' (1993-95 series)]]
* AnAesop: Occasionally the series would venture into it.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version has a different [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2RXAu1Rc44 ending theme]].
* ArtShift: The episode ''Hamm-N-Eggz'', which looks more like a 1990s Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} animation than a [=DePatie-Freleng/MGM=] production.
* ArtEvolution: Compare the early 1993 episodes with the 1994-95 season.
* BagOfKidnapping: In "All for Pink and Pink for All" the Queen is kidnapped with this method by her advisor's men, who are disguised as musketeers.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
* {{Catchphrase}}: '''Thiiiinnnnk Pink!'''
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The Aardvark is this.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Happened a few times.
* DeadpanSnarker: The Aardvark.
* DemotedToExtra: After the episode ''A Nut at the Opera'', the Panther himself didn't appear for a full four episodes, excluding ''Driving Mr. Pink'' (which was released in theaters before the notorious flop ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin''.
* {{Expy}}: Manly Man is an expy of Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Could have its own page.
** Also, the entire episodes ''7 Manly Men'' and ''Hamm-N-Eggz''.
* IdenticalGrandson
* LampshadeHanging: One of the show's heavily used tropes.
* LowerDeckEpisode: ''All'' episodes for The Inspector (Clouseau), one with Voodoo Man, and another for Manly Man.
* ParentalBonus: Some episodes, like ''Lifestyles of the Pink and Famous''. And ''7 Manly Men'' as well.
* ShoutOut: The episode ''7 Manly Men'' parodies Music/VillagePeople and their song "YMCA".
** The episode ''Pinky Rider'' is a direct shout-out to Dennis Hopper's ''Film/EasyRider''.
* StraightGay: Possibly Manly Man.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Pink Panther himself, and the Little Man too.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Voodoo Man, who refers to himself this way.
* [[ThreeShorts Two Shorts]]
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: The Little Man's family.
* TheUnintelligible: Voodoo Man can be this at times.
* VanishingVillage: One episode features an Arabian kingdom cursed to only appear once every 500 years. The curse will only be broken if the Sultan marries an outsider.
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Well, for The Little Man in this series, anyway...
* WitchDoctor: PlayedForLaughs. Voodoo Man is this.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: The Dogfather looks totally different compared to his 1970s version.

[[folder: ''Pink Panther and Pals'' (2010)]]
* AnAesop
* ThreeShorts
* TheVoiceless: Unless you're talking about the Ant and the Aardvark.