The Pink Phink

The Pink Phink

Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = The Pink Phink
series = Pink Panther

caption =
director = Friz Freleng
Hawley Pratt(Co-Director)
animator = Manny Berez
Warren Batchelder
Don Williams
Tom Ray
Manny Gould
musician = Walter Greene
producer = David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
studio = DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
distributor = United Artists
release_date = December 18, 1964
color_process = Deluxe
runtime = 6' 47"
movie_language = English
preceded_by =
followed_by = "Pink Pajamas"
imdb_id = 0058472

"The Pink Phink" was the first Pink Panther animated short released by United Artists and was produced at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.


The Pink Panther and a painter (unnamed, but affectionately known as the "little white man" [Beck, Jerry. (2006) "Pink Panther: The Ultimate Guide to the Coolest Cat in Town!"; DK ADULT, ISBN 0756610338] ) compete over whether a house should be painted blue or pink. Each time the painter attempts to paint something blue, the panther thwarts him in a new way. Finally, the painter inadvertently turns the house and everything around it pink and the panther moves in. (Ironically, the sky turns from pink to blue as the pink sun sets.)

Popular Culture

An episode of the animated series Dexter's Laboratory, entitled "A Silent Cartoon", is a homage to this short; the short features Dexter (filling the role of the painter) trying to construct a blue laboratory, while an all-pink version of his sister DeeDee finds clever ways to turn the blue lab into a completely pink lab.


"The Pink Phink" 1964 Academy Award for Short Subjects, Animated Films. It marked the first time in history that a studio won an Academy Award with its very first animated short film. [ [ DePatie-Freleng website] ]

ee also

*List of The Pink Panther cartoons


*"Pink Panther" Theme: Henry Mancini
*Produced by David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng
*Directed by Friz Freleng
*Co Director: Hawley Pratt
*Story: John W. Dunn
*Animation: Don Williams, Bob Matz, Norm McCabe, LaVerne Harding
*Layout: Dick Ung
*Backgrounds: Tom O'Loughlin
*Film Editor: Lee Gunther
*Production Supervision: Bill Orcutt
*Music: William Lava


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