The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume 2 (Blu-ray) (1966)
Not Rated Dir: Friz Freleng and Larry Storch | Kino Video | 2h 5min

Review By: Matt Malouf | June 20th, 2018

Plot: What’s it about?

I’m doubtful that most people reading this review are unfamiliar with the Pink Panther theme by Henry Mancini. It’s so immediately recognizable that one can’t help, but think of the cool, pink cat. When I was younger I used to channel surf and would always hope to stumble upon an episode of Pink Panther. The episodes themselves are so short (usually just under or just above 6 minutes) but effective and I’d hope to catch it early enough. Now with things being so easily accessible, thanks, in large part to YouTube, among other things, people can seek these out with little effort. It’s still nice to have 20 great segments available in this collection. Most audiences were familiar with this character during the opening moments of the live action films starring Peter Sellers. The popularity of this pink cat was noted and Mr. Pink was given the greenlight. There are 124 theatrical short film and several TV shows and specials. It’s fun to see what mischief the character will get himself into next. He’s pretty much a silent character, save for a moment or two of grunts. Instead we rely on the physical and visual aspects of the show to get the big laughs and carry us through. Here’s a list of the 20 segments you’ll find in this collection.

  • Pink-A-Boo
  • Genie With The Light Pink Fur
  • Super Pink
  • Rock A Bye Pinky
  • Pinknic
  • Pink Panic
  • Pink Posies
  • Pink of the Litter
  • In the pink
  • Jet Pink
  • Pink Paradise
  • Pinto Pink
  • Congratulations It’s Pink
  • Prefabricated Pink
  • The hand is pinker than the eye
  • Pink Outs
  • Sky Blue Pink
  • Pinkadilly Circus
  • Psychedelic Pink
  • Come on in! The water’s pink

There are some great segments here, but I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite. There really isn’t a bad one as there are so many little moments in each one that gives us serious laughs. Whether you’re a diehard fan or just a casual viewer, this set is definitely worth having. It’s also worth noting that these episodes are all in chronological order and with original audio, with no laugh track. I see myself revisiting these very often. They’re so brief as well that you can watch a few in a single sitting or however you please.

Video: How’s it look?

Taking all things into account, these episodes all look quite nice in HD. They’re presented in Full-Frame (1.33:1 Aspect Ratio) with strong clarity throughout. There are some noticeable moments here and there displaying some flaws, but nothing too distracting and this is probably the best the show will look, so I feel pleased overall with how they’re presented.

Audio: How’s it sound?

With a silent lead character and little to no dialogue, the music is key here and the DTS 2.0 track presents it with strong clarity. There are many gags involving physical humor that involves things breaking or falling down or what have you that come to life here. The audio for these episodes is presented well.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Audio Commentaries – Several of the shorts feature commentary tracks. We hear from author Mark Arnold, historian Jerry Black, filmmaker Greg Ford and few others. They are worth a listen for fans, but a lot of them simply narrate what we already see. Still, they’re here if you choose to check them out.
  • From Page to Screen – We get segments for two shorts. One for In the Pink and one for The Pink Blueprint
  • Pink Outs (TV Version) – This is a fun, alternate version with fadeouts to pink and narration. I prefer the original version, but this was fun to see.

The Bottom Line

I was more than happy to check out this set and it’s something I’ll return to often. For the diehards or casual fans, this is a no-brainer. The shorts are great and you get a few extras to sweeten the deal. Highly Recommended.

Disc Features
  • (1.33:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Video Codec: AVC
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy
  • 1 Disc Set
The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume 2 (Blu-ray)

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