The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume 3 (Blu-ray)
Film InformationDirector: Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt // Kino Video // 138 minutes // Rating: Not Rated // 1968
Reviewed by: Matt Malouf | September 14th, 2018
Plot: What’s it about?
I highly doubt anyone to be unfamiliar with the Pink Panther opening theme. By now it’s so much a part of pop culture that one can hardly hear it without thinking of the cool, mostly silent pink cat. While some people might wish for a fuller, more robust collection, I’m more than pleased with these volume sets. There’s something just convenient about a tidy little collection on one disc.
Reading back over my review of the Volume 2 collection, I realize that I could simply cut and paste words and they could apply to this review. I won’t do that, but let it be said that I love this character and the shorts found in this collection. We may all have our favorite moment or segment, but one of the joys is that you can jump in at any given moment and enjoy it. I mean that if you were to watch the first short found here or the last, chances are you’ll find them both equally enjoyable. There’s a simplicity to this show that is hard to resist. The animation is simple and straightforward and the gags are visual and range from slapstick to witty. The segments all run around the 6 minute mark, and that’s perfect if you’re craving just a few or want to down this entire set in one sitting. Either way you swing it, you have a winner. The segments included in this set are as follows.
- Put-Put Pink
- G.I. Pink
- Lucky Pink
- The Pink Quarterback
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Pink
- Pink Valiant
- The Pink Pill
- Prehistoric Pink
- Pink in the Clink
- Little Beaux Pink
- Tickled Pink
- Pink Sphinx
- Pink is a Many Splintered Thing
- The Pink Package Plot
- Pinkcome Tax
- Pink Pest Control
- Think Before You Pink
- Slink Pink
- In the Pink of the Night
- Pink on the Cob
- Extinct Pink
I’d have to think back over my favorite segments, but there’s really not a bad one here. By this point, the show was already established and had found its footing, so this is a great place to start or continue, assuming you have the previous sets. I recall seeing many of these on TV and in past DVD sets. There’s great replay value in a show like this. Needless to say, this set earns my highest recommendation
Video: How’s it look?
One doesn’t come to a show like this expecting to be blown away. That isn’t to say that these look bad. They don’t. It’s just that the visuals are simple and to the point. The colors are still nice and accurate and the panther himself looks as pink as ever. One of the commentaries mentions these originally being framed in 1.85:1, but being reframed for TV at the time. We get the 1.33:1 Full-Frame versions here and I feel pleased with the visuals. This is arguably the best the show will look, but that’s more than OK.
Audio: How’s it sound?
We get DTS 2.0 tracks that are more than suiting for the material at hand. The opening theme has the clarity we’ve come to expect, and the action brings us into the middle of it just fine. Since there’s really no dialogue to speak of (literally), the music and effects carry the episodes. This set presents them in the best possible manner.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Audio Commentary – Several of the segments have commentary tracks with various participants. We hear from Historian Jerry Beck, Author Mark Arnold, Filmmaker Greg Ford and William Hohauser and Mike Kazeleh. There are some informative bits throughout. I’m perfectly content with just watching these segments, but they’re hear if you like. There are some good notes throughout, though.
- Behind the Feline: The Cartoon Phenomenon – This piece goes for just under 11 minutes and features some good notes from Blake Edwards and David DePatie, among others. They talk of what makes the character work and other things. It’s entertaining and well worth checking out.
- TV Version: Pink Outs –An alternate version of a segment which was also found on the previous set.
The Bottom Line
I can’t imagine who couldn’t like this show or more importantly, this character. There’s just something about him. Needless to say, picking up this set should be a no-brainer. If you own the previous two, or you’re wanting to start here, this is an easy one to recommend. It’s something I’ll find myself revisiting often.