Pink Panther Production Cel & Drawing - 2A

Think of all the animals you've ever heard about.
Like rhinoceroses and tigers, cats and mink.
There are lots of funny animals in all this world.
But have you ever seen a panther that is pink? Think!
A panther that is positively pink!


This great display shows off an original production cel from the cartoon which has entertained generation after generation of children - the one and only truly original panther pink panther from head to toe! The display also shows off the original production drawing - making this a remarkable piece of animation history. The item has been professionally matted using acid free materials.


The Pink Panther is an heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat. He only becomes flustered or angry at obtuse or offensive humans who try to disrupt his existence, or at troublesome gadgets, rodents, or insects. In most of his cartoons, he stumbles into a difficult situation and stoically endeavors to make the best of it. Episodes of this series feature three theatrical cartoons, two with the Pink Panther, and one featuring the Inspector, a cartoon version of the accident-prone, bumbling French detective, Inspector Clouseau, played in movies by Peter Sellers. The Inspector is often assisted by a Spanish gendarme, Sergeant Deux-Deux, and together they fallibly battle villains of all shapes and sizes in various parts of the world, always on the orders of the long-suffering Surete Commissioner.

The Pink Panther was created by the legendary Friz Freleng for the opening title sequence of Blake Edward's, 1964 comedy farce The Pink Panther. Almost instantly the cartoon character received reviews that were as good or better than the film itself! The new star had obviously clawed his mark such that United Artists signed Freleng and his DePatie-Freleng Enterprises studio to a multi-year contract for a series of Pink Panther theatrical cartoon shorts. The first entry in the series, 1964's The Pink Phink, featured the Panther harassing his foil, a little white moustached man who is actually a caricature of Friz Freleng (this character is officially known as "The Man" [2]), by constantly trying to paint the little man's blue house pink. The Pink Phink won the 1964 Academy Award for Animated Short Film, and subsequent shorts in the series, usually featuring the Pink Panther opposite the little man, were successful releases.

In an early series of Pink Panther animated cartoons, the Pink Panther generally remained silent, speaking only in two theatrical shorts, Sink Pink and Pink Ice. Rich Little provided the Panther's voice in the latter shorts, modelling it on that of David Niven (who had portrayed Clouseau's jewel-thief nemesis in the original live-action film). Years later Little would overdub Niven's voice for Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther. All of the animated Pink Panther shorts utilized the distinctive jazzy theme music composed by Henry Mancini for the 1963 feature film, with additional scores composed by Walter Greene or William Lava.

In the fall of 1969, the Pink Panther cartoons made their way to NBC television on shown Saturday mornings via The Pink Panther Show. NBC added a laugh track to the original cartoons, with Marvin Miller brought on as an off-camera narrator talking to the Pink Panther during bumper segments featuring the Pink Panther and The Inspector together.Pink Panther shorts made after 1969 were produced for both broadcast and film release, typically appearing on television first, and released to theatres by United Artists.

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Whether you put it in your office, lounge, study or nursery this will make a great display item. The popularity of animation art is increasing all the time, buy your first piece and you will soon realise why. These cels simply look sensational on display - they are guaranteed to bring admiring glances from any visitors and evoke your own childhood memories.

He's a gentleman, a scholar, he's an acrobat!

Features at a glance..... 




The Pink Panther


21x13 inches approx

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