A Great Older Christmas Toon
taleeya | Vancouver, BC Canada | 11/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like the Pink Panther cartoons, then you will like this one! The Pink Panther is cold and hungry on Christmas. He'll try anything to get a hot meal, but nothing seems to work out for him (as usual). There is no dialog, but I think this just enhances the special. I also really love the songs! Its pretty funny and enjoyable. One drawback is the animation is alot like the other pink panther cartoons (which are fairly old) (Think: "Yes Virgina, there is a Santa Claus") So its a bit crude and only a few colours are used (alot of the stuff seems overly pinky/orange). But its still great to watch and I love it! And the ending is cute too! Good for kids or any nostalgic adults."
Great that the studio released these 3 specials!
SeaKayaker | Washington D.C. | 12/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was surprisingly thoughtful of MGM to release the other two Pink Panther TV Specials here on this DVD along with "A Pink Christmas"! It's not obvious from the cover or the DVD info listed that all three Pink Panther TV Specials are on this disc, but they indeed are. "A Pink Christmas" which aired on ABC Dec 7, 1978; "Olym-Pinks" which aired on ABC Feb 22, 1980; and "Pink At First Sight" which aired on ABC May 10, 1981 were all approximately 25 minutes in length. "A Pink Christmas" was adapted from a 1906 O. Henry short story called 'The Cop and the Anthem' (credited in the cartoon) and is a wonderful 'haves and have-nots' type story that makes a perfect adaptation to the world of the Pink Panther - it's not an exact re-telling, the character in the short story is trying to get into jail so he can be warm and have food, while the Panther is on a quest for food, but he does try at one point to get into a jail. "Olym-Pinks" capitalized on the 1980 Winter Olympics that were held in Lake Placid, New York that year, and is a series of very competitive olympic games played between Panther and the 'little man' (as the animators referred to him). And "Pink At First Sight", although aired in May of '81, is essentially a Valentine's Day story. The studio could easily have only released the Christmas special and charged the same amount, but they used some foresight and gave we 'completists' a bonus with the other two TV Specials. While not having the 'classic-ness' (for lack of a better word) of the 1960s Panther cartoons, the specials are fun, and clearly the Christmas special is the highlight of the DVD and easily worth the price in and of itself. I remember when it first aired (I was 9) and it didn't really repeat all that often over the years. And as a fan of animation, it's cool to actually have it on DVD after nearly 30 years."
Clever Pink Panther Special
movie fan | 12/02/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This video is wonderful! Although not top-notch Pink Panther humor, it still is a holiday delight. Cleverly animated, it's a lot of fun to watch and is a wonderful Christmas video."
Pink Panther Punts (a little)
M. Stone | Chicago | 11/29/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First - the Christmas portion of this DVD is only 24 minutes of the running length of the feature. I thought I was getting a "movie" for the kids but this seems to be either a 30 minute episode or Christmas special. If you have older pink panther DVDs from the 60s and the early 70s you will be disappointed by the animation quality (which on this DVD is crude simplistic 80's cartoon styling) and by the story line in general - especially how the Pink Panther behaves - he is not his usual suave self. Yes - the Pink Panther has been on hard times in other of his cartoons but he manages to get out of the situation quicker and slicker without the use of Deus ex machina... but I digress. Second - the bonus cartoons were just as crude and even less interesting - in fact I am afraid to ask what my kids thought of the DVD in general - perhaps I will be able to judge by the amount of repeat viewings. Are you dying for good Pink Panther - please buy the "The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection" and watch the episodes from the 60s."