It saddens me to think that there are going to be generations of kids soon who will think The Pink Panther refers to “those Steve Martin movies.” It’s enough to make Peter Sellers spin in his grave, and he would undoubtedly be none too pleased with someone else inhabiting one of roles that he created and made iconic. But, that’s one of the problems with Hollywood remakeitis, so it’s up to us to keep the love for the original going. And if I catch anyone thinking that Keanu Reeves was in the “original” The Day The Earth Stood Still, I might just go ballistic.
The fact that a second The Pink Panther movie just came out only attests to the genius acting ability of Peter Sellers, which Martin is basically imitating anyhow, the smarts of Blake Edwards to create the character in the first place (even though these movies were pretty much an accident), and the impressive and catchy jazzy riff theme song by Henry Mancini. Read on to find out all about the history of The Pink Panther and the 10 other films (if you count the Martin movies) it spawned, not to mention the cartoons.