The Pink Panther in: Pink at First Sight

The Pink Panther in: Pink at First Sight is an animated Valentine's Day special starring The Pink Panther which premiered on ABC on February 14, 1981. This would be David DePatie's first and only solo animation effort (without Friz Freleng) and the first Pink Panther cartoon produced by Marvel Productions.

The Pink Panther in: Pink at First Sight
Written byOwen Crump
D.W. Owen
Directed byBob Richardson
Voices ofFrank Welker
Brian Cummings
Marilyn Schreffler
Weaver Copeland
Hal Smith
Music bySteven DePatie
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Producer(s)David H. DePatie
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Marvel Productions
Mirisch-Geoffrey-DePatie-Freleng
DistributorUnited Artists (original)
MGM Television (present)
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseFebruary 14, 1981

Plot

It is Valentine's Day and the Pink Panther is lonely and has no money (except for seven cents). After receiving another person's Valentine gift package by mistake, he goes to the messenger service for a job but messes his rehearsal up. He then goes to a store, buys a cassette player and pre-recorded cassettes with the seven cents he had left and goes back to the messenger service miming to "Vesti la giubba", an aria from Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera Pagliacci, and gets hired as a messenger.

Antics on the job entangle the breezy cat with a jealous husband (after stealing the heart of his housewife whilst miming a 50s-ish sounding ballad), a snobby classic violinist (after using a Stradivarius violin like an electric guitar; the Panther had the wrong recording on at the time), a priest (whom the Panther apparently had delivered the wrong present to) and a crime boss and tough gangsters (their present was a bomb).

Finally, after warding off the boss and his gang with a cassette containing excerpts of a police radio show, our hero is sitting alone and discouraged on a park bench when he finally meets the pantheress of his dreams, the ideal feline valentine.

Voice Talents of

  • Frank Welker - The Jester, Messenger Owner, The Man with the Golf Club, Viloinist, Customer, Announcer
  • Marilyn Schreffler - Baby's Mother, The Lady with the Umbrella, Nurse
  • Hal Smith - Crime Boss
  • Brian Cummings - Music Store Owner, Tough Gangsters
  • Weaver Copeland - Housewife

Home Media releases

Pink at First Sight made its VHS debut release by MGM/UA Home Video sometime during the 1980s. On November 6, 2007, the special alongside Olym-Pinks and A Pink Christmas was released as part of the DVD collection set The Pink Panther: A Pink Christmas from MGM Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Production

Most of the animation staff utilized for the 1978 series The All New Pink Panther Show worked on Pink at First Sight. The special also utilized several music cues from the series as well but unlike the TV show, a laugh track was not featured.

Freleng was absent from this production due to him breaking up the studio he began with DePatie and then went back to Warner Bros. Many of the other characters' voices on this special (saving the silent Panther himself) were done by Frank Welker, Brian Cummings, Marilyn Schreffler and Hal Smith.

Trivia

Marvel Productions, which produced this special and known for its superhero and action cartoons based on Marvel titles and toy lines, would make new animated intros for Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther (written and directed by Art Leonardi).

References


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