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The Pink Panther – The Pink Phink

The Pink Panther – The Pink Phink

Dec 18, 2012

On December 18, 1964 the first animated Pink Panther short, The Pink Phink appeared. The short would be the first time an animation studio would win an Academy Award for Animated Short Film with their first release. The short was released by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and, of course, had for its soundtrack the legendary Pink Panther theme song by Henry Mancini. In the short, the “Little Man” is attempting to paint his house blue, but everything he paints is painted over in pink by the Pink Panther. Eventually the “Little Man” buries the can of pink paint. Thinking he has resolved his problem he briefly rejoices, only to see grass, trees, bushes, etc. begin sprouting up in pink. The short finishes with the “Little Man” getting a coat of pink paint himself, courtesy of the panther, before the panther moves in to the newly painted home. Listen to the classic Pink Panther Theme on Spotify: Pink Panther Theme by Henry Mancini Related Stories: Bugs Bunny Garfield The Incredible Hulk Batman Li’l...