The Weakest Pink
mwreview | Northern California, USA | 03/24/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Of the three individual Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection DVDs, volume 3 is my least favorite. It has cartoons from 1968-75 and it seems the writers were running out of ideas. A lot of these episodes are bland and uninspired with plots that were done before. A lot of PP chasing things, dogs getting blamed for PP's deeds, insect trouble, etc. There is even a flash back episode ("Pink-In"). It also includes what I think is the worst PP cartoon of all time, "Extinct Pink." PP, dinosaurs and a caveman run around competing over a bone. It has to be seen to appreciate how stupid it is. Not only that but it includes a laugh track!!?? The only episode here that had promise is "Pink Aye," but it ends with the old lounge chair turned lion gag. If you only want to buy one PP DVD, get volume 1. It has "Pink, Plunk, Plink" that includes a cameo appearance by Henry Mancini, "Pink Ice" and "Sink Pink" which feature PP speaking, and "Super Pink" which, even with the laugh track, is one of my favorite PP cartoons. Here's what volume 3 has to offer:
Pinkcome Tax: PP (in Robin Hood style) tries to save a man imprisoned for his inability to pay taxes.
Pink-a-Rella: PP gets his paws on magic witch's wand and turns a poor, plain Jane into a princess so she can win a date with Pelvis Parsely. Funny part: Pelvis tries the slipper on PP.
Pink Pest Control: PP has a termite problem.
Think Before You Pink: PP has trouble crossing the street (uh...yeah).
Slink Pink: PP sneaks into a home with stuffed wildlife and keeps getting the hunter's dog in trouble (this story line had been done several times before).
In the Pink of the Night: PP is not an easy riser.
Pink on the Cob: PP has crow trouble.
Extinct Pink: (Laugh Track=LT) This may be the worst PP ep ever. All it is is PP, a caveman, and dinosaurs competing over a bone.
A Fly in the Pink: (Voices=V) A fruitfly is on the loose.
Pink Blue Plate: PP helps an overworked fry cook.
Pink Tuba-dore: (LT) PP is bothered by a tuba player and the dog keeps being blamed for PP's schemes (again).
Pink Pranks: PP takes a plane to Rome but winds up in Nome (Alaska) and helps a friendly seal avoid a seal pelt hunter.
The Pink Flea: PP tries to get rid of a flea and resorts to shaving himself.
Psst Pink: PP chases a runaway tire.
Gong with the Pink: (LT) PP is a waiter at Gong Ho Restaurant and bangs the gong for orders which is next door to a glass shop. Full of Asian stereotypes. Definitely not PC!
Pink-In: (V) PP reads an old pal's letter and reminisces. This is a flashback ep with clips from Pink Package Plot, Pink Pajamas, and Pickled Pink. Weak.
Pink 8-Ball: PP chases a runaway basketball.
Pink Aye: (LT) PP is a stowaway on the Luxitania (yes, that's the name) and becomes an opera singer's stole. It has a weak ending with the old lounge chair gag.
Trail of the Lonesome Pink: (LT) PP defends furry critters from two French fur trappers.
Pink Da Vinci: PP keeps changing the mouth of the Mona Lisa.
Pink Streaker: PP makes life miserable for a fellow skier.
Salmon Pink/Pink Elephant: These two eps have the same premise. PP feeds an animal (fish and elephant) and each winds up his pet. The writers must have been running out of ideas.
Forty Pink Winks: PP can't find a place to sleep.
Pink Plasma: PP encounters a vampire.
Keep Our Forests Pink: PP is a forest ranger whose quest is to stop a camper who keeps breaking the law.
Bobolink Pink: PP helps a little bird learn to fly."
J. Stowe | Stokesdale, NC USA | 01/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bought this DVD at Sam's Club on 1/29/2006. Went straight home and watched it. It is very excellent. 27 episodes just like we watched as kids. I will certainly buy the whole collection."
Miz Ellen | Bovine Universe | 08/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When you think about it, the Pink Panther cartoons are a precursor to Wall-E. Everything is done in mime. I really like how much of the humor is NOT generated from cruelty. For example, in "Salmon Pink"
the Pink Panther befriends and makes a pet of a fish. There's gentle humor in how the Panther is trapped by his own compassion.
In most of these cartoons, the Pink Panther is interacting with a comic little human, who is mostly nose and hat. "Pink Tuba-Dore" and "Pink Da Vinci" are excellent examples where the Panther torments this annoying little human.
I was struck by the differing artistic styles of the backgrounds. Each is individual in line and coloring. These cartoons are a notch above the other TV cartoons of this period. This is a great piece for a collector and excellent for kids of any age."