Cartoon of the Day: The Pink Phink

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The Pink Phink

The Pink Phink

The first stand-alone the­atri­cally release car­toon fea­tur­ing the Pink Pan­ther was The Pink Phink, released this day in 1964. Directed by Friz Fre­leng and co-directed by Haw­ley Pratt, this was a real one-of-as-kind cartoon.

When see­ing a new house for sale, the Pink Pan­ther sees Pale-Man– a car­i­ca­ture of Friz Fre­leng– paint­ing the house blue. Through sev­eral antics, the Pink Pan­ther even­tu­ally paints it pink. Pale-Man acci­den­tally grows pink flora when bury­ing tins of Pink paint. After see­ing this, the Pink Pan­ther even­tu­ally buys the house, paint­ing Pale-Man pink to match.

We have all seen plenty of Pink Pan­ther car­toons, what makes this one so unique? This was the first Pink Pan­ther car­toon. But more unique than that this car­toon marks the first, and to date only  time a car­toon stu­dio won an Oscar with its first car­toon release, and with a brand new char­ac­ter to boot.

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