Pink Panther and Sons

Pink Panther and Sons is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions[1] and Mirisch-Geoffrey-DePatie-Freleng. The series was originally broadcast on NBC from 1984 to 1985 and moved to ABC in 1986. Friz Freleng (a close friend of Joseph Barbera) served as creative producer for the series as his and David H. DePatie's production company, DePatie–Freleng Enterprises, existed as an in-name-only enterprise by this time, as its operations were absorbed by Marvel Productions in 1981.

Pink Panther and Sons
GenreAnimation
Comedy-drama
Adventure
Based onThe Pink Panther created by David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
and
Blake Edwards'
films
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composerHenry Mancini (Original)
Opening theme"Sons of the Panther"
Ending theme"Sons of the Panther" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)Rob Walsh
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s)
Editor(s)Gil Iverson
Robert Ciaglia
Running time10–11 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
Mirisch-Geoffrey-DePatie-Freleng
MGM/UA Television
DistributorMGM Worldwide Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Original releaseSeptember 8, 1984 (1984-09-08) 
February 26, 1985 (1985-02-26)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Pink Panther Show
Followed byThe Pink Panther

Plot

The series centers on The Pink Panther's two sons: pre-teen Pinky, his brother, toddler Panky and their friends in the Rainbow Panthers crew (the pretty Chatta, fighting Rocko, gibberish-talking Murfel, overalls-wearing Annie, and mixed-up-talking Punkin). Each episode shows the Rainbow Panthers coming together for friendship and fun as they learn all about growing up and caring for each other as they take on a group of lions called the Howl Angels.

Featured in each episode would be short three to five minutes cartoons featuring The Pink Panther bookending the main cartoons with Pinky and Panky.

Characters

Rainbow Panthers

  • Pinky (voiced by Billy Bowles) - Pinky is a very polite young panther. Pinky generally ends up getting in the most danger in situations, such as turning six inches tall in one episode, and is the one who comes up with most of the ideas. He is in love with Chatta, a purple panther in the group.
  • Panky (voiced by B.J. Ward) – Panky is Pinky's little brother. His diaper is never tied correctly so he just holds it wherever he goes. Since he is still a toddler, he is considered very impressionable.
  • Chatta (voiced by Sherry Lynn) – Chatta is a purple panther. She is in love with Pinky and often tries to impress him to win his affection. She also has an enormous vocabulary.
  • Murfel (voiced by Shane McCob) – Murfel is a green panther who wears an oversized knit cap. He muffles or mixes up everything that he says.
  • Rocko (voiced by Frank Welker) – Rocko is a yellow panther who is very athletic. He is always seen sporting boxing gloves.
  • Annie O'Gizmo (voiced by Jeannie Elias) – Annie is an orange panther wearing overalls and is the most scientific of the group.
  • Punkin (voiced by B.J. Ward) – Punkin is a blue panther who wears a baseball cap and a wooly jumper. He is rather dense.
  • The Pink Panther – He is the mute father of Pinky and Panky.

Howl Angels

  • Finko (voiced by Frank Welker) – Finko is the leader of the Howl Angels. He is a rival to Pinky and one time was babysitter to Panky at the time when Pinky and Chatta go on a date to the movies.
  • Howl (voiced by Marshall Efron) – Howl is a right-hand man to Finko.
  • Liona (voiced by Jeannie Elias) – Liona is a lioness, she is tough but pretty, she has a crush on Rainbow Panthers club leader Pinky. She and Chatta fight for his affection.
  • Bowlhead (voiced by Gregg Berger)
  • Buckethead (voiced by Sonny Melendrez)

Voice cast

Additional voices

Episodes

No.TitleWritten byOriginal air date
1"Spinning Wheels"Cliff RobertsSeptember 8, 1984 (1984-09-08)
A local bike shop is looking for a representative in the Big Bike race and can only sponsor one racer. Panky and one of the Howl's Angels members compete in a one-on-one bike race to win a chance to be sponsored by said bike shop. However, Finko takes the unfair approach to ensure Pinky loses.
2"Pinky at the Bat"Glenn LeopoldSeptember 15, 1984 (1984-09-15)
The Rainbow Panthers have a baseball battle with the Howl Angels.
3"The Great Bumpo"Jim RyanSeptember 22, 1984 (1984-09-22)
The Rainbow Panthers must hide a baby elephant from off an evil circus man, but when the corrupt circus owner puts a bounty on the elephant, this motivates the Howl Angels to capture it.
4"Take a Hike"Lane RaichertSeptember 29, 1984 (1984-09-29)
The Rainbow Panthers hike in the wilderness, as the title implies.
5"Haunted Howlers"John BatesOctober 6, 1984 (1984-10-06)
After the Rainbow Panthers lose their model plane inside an old house, they go in to retrieve it. However the Howl Angels have a plan to scare them out and get the plane for themselves.
6"Traders of the Lost Bark"Glenn LeopoldOctober 13, 1984 (1984-10-13)
Panky receives a puppy for his birthday only for the pup to run away within minutes.
7"Pink Enemy #1"Denis HigginsOctober 20, 1984 (1984-10-20)
When the Pink Panther gets framed for a bank robbery Pinky recruits the Rainbow Panthers to solve the mystery of who really did the crime and prove his father's innocence.
8"Pink Encounters of the Panky Kind"Glenn LeopoldOctober 27, 1984 (1984-10-27)
The Rainbow Panthers renovate their clubhouse and have their sleepover in it only to have the place taken over by Howl's Angels. Afterwards Panky gets abducted by aliens and replaced a robotic duplicate.
9"Millionaire Murfel"John BatesNovember 3, 1984 (1984-11-03)
When the Rainbow Panthers decide to help out with a fund for wildlife, they meet up with a rich version of Murfel named Graystrips who trades places with their friend for the day.
10"The Pursuit of Panky"Glenn LeopoldNovember 10, 1984 (1984-11-10)
When a nearby government base unveils a new invention called the Electro-Jammer, which has bizarre effects on electrical devices,two thieves attempt to steal it, but they lose it and are forced to hunt it down. Meanwhile Pinky and Panky are saying goodbye to their dad as he goes off to Mexico, only for the Electro-Jammer to land inside Panky's diaper leading to a wild goose chase when their dad remembers he left his passport at home.
11"Sitter Jitters"Jim RyanNovember 17, 1984 (1984-11-17)
Pinky is going to the cinema with Chatta, and Finko must babysit Panky because he is too little for a scary movie.
12"The Fix-Up, Foul-Up"Lane RaichertNovember 24, 1984 (1984-11-24)
The Panther gang track down a painting that is worth a ton of money to help their friends, the Johnsons, in order that the Johnsons can use the money to keep their house from being repossessed and subsequently demolished.
13"Joking Genie"Denis HigginsDecember 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)
Pinky and Panky find a lamp that contains a genie.
14"Panky's Pet"Glenn LeopoldDecember 8, 1984 (1984-12-08)
While Pinky, Panky and all their friends and their parents are on a vacation, Panky brings back a dino egg from a cliff, which hatches a hungry baby whose appetite disrupts the gang's fun.
15"Punkin's Home Companion"Jim RyanDecember 15, 1984 (1984-12-15)
After seeing how weird Punkin acts around animals, the Rainbow Panthers create a hairball monster named Blobbo, who goes on a rampage when Punkin misreads the instructions for its care.
16"Insanity Claus"Lane RaichertDecember 22, 1984 (1984-12-22)
A person dressed as Santa Claus ends up breaking into Pinky and Panky's house, and only Panky believes it to be the real Santa, and after having the person sent to jail, the gang find out he was right; it was the real Santa Claus getting a jump on Christmas that year.
17"Rocko's Last Round"Glenn LeopoldDecember 29, 1984 (1984-12-29)
A misunderstanding at the Doctor's office causes the rest of the Rainbow Panthers to think that Rocko is dying.
18"Sleeptalking Chatta"John Semper and Cynthia FriedlobJanuary 5, 1985 (1985-01-05)
Chatta wins the radio contest, but her sleepwalking causes trouble for the Rainbow Panthers, especially when Howl and Finko take her off course so that they win the contest.
19"Pink Shrink"Denis HigginsJanuary 12, 1985 (1985-01-12)
Annie's shrink machine causes Pinky to become six inches tall.
20"The Pink Link"Glenn LeopoldJanuary 19, 1985 (1985-01-19)
While the Pink Panther is preparing for a film festival, Pinky and Panky help to prepare their house for the arrival of Cousin Punky. Meanwhile, an archaeologist had just discovered a prehistoric cat frozen in a block of ice, and through mishaps the prehistoric cat ends up getting defrosted and ends up at Pinky's clubhouse, who mistakes it for Cousin Punky. The prehistoric cat is unfamiliar with a modern city, and behaves much in the way of wild panthers.
21"Anney's Invention"Jim RyanJanuary 26, 1985 (1985-01-26)
22"Panky and the Angels"Glenn LeopoldFebruary 2, 1985 (1985-02-02)
During a "top secret" meeting, the other members of the Rainbow Panthers do not allow Panky in. Thinking they're kicking him out or ignoring him, he decides to join up with the Howls Angels. However, his time with them is cut short as well when Finko demands more money for dues than Panky has, so Panky decides to go and find his own clubhouse and decides on a train caboose (a possible shot at The Getalong Gang). When he somehow jars its brakes loose and goes rolling off uncontrollably, Pinky saves him. Panky then learns they were planning his birthday party in that meeting, hence why he wasn't allowed in.
23"Arabian Frights"John BatesFebruary 9, 1985 (1985-02-09)
When Panky's having trouble sleeping one night, his brother reads him a story about 2 panthers and a band of thieves who steal candy. After hearing the intro, Panky dreams about the story with him, his brother and all their friends and enemies as the characters within said story.
24"Brothers Are Special"Denis HigginsFebruary 16, 1985 (1985-02-16)
When Pinky's prepare for his act for a talent show, he upsets his brother Panky, who ends up in a bear cage. Meanwhile, the Howl Angels plan to win the contest by using a recording to make it seem like they're a great band.
25"A Hard Day's Knight"Lane RaichertFebruary 23, 1985 (1985-02-23)
The Rainbow Panthers tour Medieval Manor, an amusement park featuring a castle and robot knights.
26"Mister Money"John BatesFebruary 26, 1985 (1985-02-26)
Pinky and Panky want to buy a watch for their father as a present. For help in raising the money, they turn to the Rainbow Panthers and an adult purple panther who uses the alias Mr. Wright.

Other media

A children's book called Pink Panther: Fun at the Picnic was based on the series. Unlike the cartoon series, the Pink Panther is shown speaking. The story was where the Pink Panther had been hired as a magician for a party and asked Pinky to assist him, upsetting Panky who felt left out. The Pink Panther decides to start his act creating "two Pink Panthers!" displaying Pinky and Panky onstage.

References

  1. "Saturday morning switching at NBC". Broadcasting: 72. 1984-04-16.
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