New Pink Panther movie

There’s a new Pink Panther movie on the way, but it won’t feature yet another character related to or inspired by Peter Sellers’ bumbling Inspector Clouseau.

The original series of caper comedy films opened with animated title sequences featuring a quirky pink panther… and those openings spawned a series of cartoon shorts by Friz Freleng and David De Patie that were funny and sometimes strange and impressionistic. (There was also a Saturday morning cartoon series, and in 2010 the Pink Panther and Pals series, but it may be best to avoid talking about that latter show too much.)

Now there’ll be a new hybrid live-action/CG Pink Panther film, derived from those animated title sequences and cartoons.  Read More »

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