Whatever happened to …

… the Pink Panther?

I knew that I had to follow up on the Popeye post with this one!

It was first year university. I lived in an apartment with three other guys. Two of us studied Mathematics and Computer Science, one in Engineering, and the other in Physics.

Every afternoon from either 4-4:30 or 4:30-5, we gathered in the living room to watch the Pink Panther show. Typically, it was 3 or 4 cartoons with the Panther, Inspector, or the Aardvark. If memory serves me correctly, it was broadcast on CHCH from Hamilton. So, that’s where we relaxed after a day of learning with two exceptions. Seldom it happened on Tuesdays because that was $0.99 steak night at Ponderosa. If it was your turn to cook supper, you’d be in the kitchen while the others watched the show.

I still remember the words to the theme song. (you should be laughing if you get it).

The Pink Panther also became a movie where we see arguably the funniest gag ever.

How’s your pink for a Sunday morning?

  • Did you ever watch the Pink Panther cartoons?
  • The show also featured a cartoon with the Aardvark and the ….?
  • What role did Peter Sellers play in the Pink Panther movies?
  • In the movie, what actually was the Pink Panther?
  • What affect did Inspector Clouseau have on Chief Inspector Dreyfus?
  • Who was responsible for the music for the cartoon and the movies?

Who’s with me in these fond memories? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

If you have any other great ideas for a Sunday morning memory, just let me know. I have this Padlet set up to collect ideas.

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3 responses to “Whatever happened to …”

  1. adunsiger Avatar

    It’s funny how I remember such few details of The Pink Panther, and yet, am humming the song as I write this comment. I think that I need to check out some YouTube video clips now, Doug. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!


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  2. dougpete Avatar

    Of course, everyone should know that song. It’s a classic and something kind of neat to walk to the beat of! Think Pink!


  3. Lisa Cranston Avatar

    Never saw the cartoon (maybe Detroit stations didn’t carry it) but I loved the movies and “does your dog bite” is an absolute classic. I wasn’t old enough to go see the movies in theatres when they first came out, but I remember my parents going to see them and laughing hysterically as they retold some of the funniest bits when they got home. I watched them years later on TV and could instantly see why my parents loved them so much.
    The Pink Panther was a diamond, Clouseau made Dreyfuss’ eye twitch and by the final movie had driven him insane. I also remember his housekeeper, Kato, leaping out at him unexpectedly to help keep Clouseau’s reflexes razor sharp.
    Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther theme is a staple for every high school band but I wonder how many of those students have seen any of the movies?

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