The Pink Panther’s Pink Christmas

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Originally released in 1978, The Pink Panther’s A Pink Christmas is not your average Christmas tail … er, tale. Throughout most of the 30 minute special, the Pink Panther is starving and in search of food. He’s so hungry in fact that at one point he makes his own wanted poster and tries to have himself arrested just so he can have a warm meal!

Along with A Pink Christmas, two other Pink Panther made for TV movies (1980’s Olym-Pinks and 1981’s Pink at First Sight) are also included on the DVD which was released in 2007. Although I found a copy locally for $9.99, Amazon.com has it even cheaper than that.

I’m a fan of slightly off-the-beaten-path holiday specials, and this one certainly fits the bill.

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Thanks to ToonBarn.com for the pictures!

The Pink Panther Show’s original title sequence

I love the Internet. If someone hadn’t recently decided to sell the Panthermobile from this TV show, I wouldn’t have come across this retro intro. Then my inner child wouldn’t be hopping up and down, arms flailing about, calling everybody to come sit down, cuz the show’s about to start.

The Pink Panther Show, as titled, aired on NBC Saturday mornings from 1969 to 1970. Though the show was renamed multiple times, it continued until 1978. I’ve watched it for most of those years, but this particular intro, from when I was 2-3 years old (fully-memorized from repetitive viewing), had been forgotten and stashed in the back of my head, in a place where old jingles and lost toon characters await a moment of recall. Seeing these familiar images again today, with its live-action animals and animated Pink Panther exploits, zooms me back to my introductory years of watching the cool cat worldlessly glide through abstract backdrops, face off peacefully against The Man (apparently modeled after creator Friz Freleng) and groove to the jazzy sounds of Henry Manicini.

Oh and I vaguely recall getting the idea I would be driving my dad’s car before I was ten, after seeing that kid zip towards Grauman’s Chinese Theater in that snazzy race car. Thankfully, I promptly forgot about it when the titles of the show changed.

Many thanks to Club1981Channel for the upload.

Pink Panther for Kraft Candy

It might sound odd, but I come from a big caramel family. Everyone in my family just seems to be born with a natural inkling for the stuff. Usually that meant the occasional processed candy bar or decent quality caramel from the mall. The our local supermarket started carrying these Kraft caramels. I would pester my Mom to buy them and should would relent and dole them out slowly, but I thought unbeknownst to her I knew where she hid them and would sneak a couple every once in a while. I found out much later that she knew I was sneaking them, but she was so impressed that I would only eat one, every time I did a sneak run, that she let me do it. Guess she figured kids needed to rebel and that sneaking caramel was a pretty benign form of rebellion. Mothers.

Here is an ad with the Pink Panther selling Caramels and other candies from Kraft. Like these things need someone to sell them. They sell themselves.

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