DePatie–Freleng Enterprises, run by former Warner Bros. Cartoons creators David H. DePatie and Isadore "Friz" Freleng, produced the opening sequences, with Freleng as director. | About this list: I know I can go to Wikipedia to see a chronological list of The Pink Panther films, but I like making lists. By the autumn of 1969, the shorts were being broadcast on NBC[7] during Saturday mornings on The Pink Panther Show; after 1969, new shorts were produced for both television broadcast and theatrical release. Apparently, the tone chan… Burt Kwouk, PG Lesley-Anne Down, Nevertheless it’s very entertaining and there’s a great cast with David Niven and Robert Wagner. The first film in the series had an animated opening sequence, created by DePatie–Freleng Enterprises, featuring "The Pink Panther Theme" by Mancini, as well as the Pink Panther character. PG Capucine, Votes: | The character was featured in the opening of every Clouseau film except A Shot in the Dark and Inspector Clouseau. Mancini's theme, with variations in arrangement, is used at the start of all but the first two of the subsequent films. Peter Sellers, It co-starred Leonard Rossiter, Lesley-Anne Down and Colin Blakely, and featured a cameo by Omar Sharif. $35.92M. The phrase was used for all the subsequent films in the series, even when the jewel did not figure in the plot. 81,226 Niven's and Sellers's co-stars included Capucine, Robert Wagner, and Claudia Cardinale. $12.37M. Director: G The film that launched the second Pink Panther series, The Pink Panther, starring Steve Martin as Clouseau, directed by Shawn Levy and produced by Robert Simonds, was released in February 2006 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was co-produced with Columbia Pictures. It’s a decent attempt at a reboot with some creativity and some nice little references to the original film series like Clouseau spinning the globe. Herbert Lom, The basic plot was to involve Inspector Clouseau becoming smitten with a cat burglar called "the Frog", played by Pamela Stephenson. More of a crime thriller than a comedy film. Married for six months in her early twenties, she never remarried. It is set in the present day and introduces different main characters, therefore belonging to a different continuity. For younger generations unfamiliar with the series, they can enjoy the slapstick humor and bumbling of the main character, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Director: | Director: Herbert Lom, Votes: Herbert Lom, The murder-mystery story is interesting and there is plenty of humour. Best moments: Clouseau flying in the air about the cathedral in his quasimodo outfit and the world’s greatest assassins trying to kill Clouseau at the Oktoberfest. 109 min The "Pink Panther" of the title is a diamond supposedly containing a flaw that forms the image of a "leaping panther" which can be seen if held up to the light in a certain way. Bumbling Inspector Clouseau must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond. In The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Dreyfus' insanity reached its zenith, as he tried to blackmail the rest of the world into killing Clouseau. This film introduced many of the most famous elements of The Pink Panther film series such as the karate fights with Cato and Clouseau’s disgruntled boss Commissioner Dreyfus. It also co-starred Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Graham Stark, Tracy Reed and Douglas Wilmer. Perhaps the funniest Pink Panther film. Most of the films in the series starred Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau and were directed and co-written by Blake Edwards. 103 min [3] Two drafts were written before Sellers' death, each with different endings. Overall it is very entertaining and quite amusing with an interesting story. The plot of the first film is based on the theft of this diamond. Joanna Lumley, Votes: United Artists commissioned a long series of The Pink Panther shorts, the first of which, 1964's The Pink Phink, won the 1964 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. It’s not only Alan Arkin’s fault though as the writing is dreadful and simply not funny at all. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court in 1988, around the time Edwards came up with one final film idea that would ultimately become the unofficial series finale. The first half is very entertaining and well put together with Herbert Lom providing lots of humour in the new footage and some amusing outtakes with Peter Sellers taken from previous films. G | Gross: The Pink Panther Critics Consensus. As detailed in the director's commentary for the first film, the Inspector Clouseau character was originally conceived as a vehicle for David Niven, but once written it was decided he should play the raconteur/thief. All The Pink Panther movies ranked from best to worst. Peter Sellers hasn’t quite yet perfected the character of Clouseau. 99 min | 96 min Peter Sellers, | 25,794 There is more fun with botched assassination attempts on Clouseau and a lot of humour is created from Dreyfus thinking Clouseau is dead. [9] But in November 2020 it was later announced that Jeff Fowler will direct the movie instead with Mirisch and Andrews still producing. In this film, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is assigned to solve the murder of a famous football coach and the theft of the famous Pink Panther diamond. | Comedy, Crime, Mystery. Comedy, Crime, Mystery. This film marked the first appearance of many of the tropes and supporting characters long associated with the series, including Commissioner Dreyfus (portrayed by Herbert Lom), his assistant François (portrayed by André Maranne), and Clouseau's manservant, Cato (portrayed by Burt Kwouk). $82.23M. Traditionally mute, the Pink Panther was given the voice of actor Matt Frewer for a 1993-1996 animated TV series. Andy Garcia, Votes: Clouseau returns, after having plastic surgery to disguise his identity, in a cameo appearance by Roger Moore (who is credited as "Turk Thrust II"). Romance of the Pink Panther was to be the sixth film in the franchise, to be written by Peter Sellers. Fandango FANALERT® Sign up for a FANALERT® to find out when tickets are available in your area. 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Robert Wagner, The movie "Trail Of The Pink Panther" (1982) was, like all previous Pink Panther films, directed by Blake Edwards. Steve Martin, 27,788 The animated Pink Panther character has also appeared in computer and console video games, as well as advertising campaigns for several companies, most notably for Owens Corning Fiberglass insulation. Its story follows inspector Jacques Clouseau as he travels from Rome to Cortina d'Ampezzo to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he is able to steal a priceless diamond known as "The Pink Panther". Stars: This is absurd since the Pink Panther was never in Cortina at all. 48,216 In 2014, MGM announced (see above) that it was planning an animation / live-action hybrid film reboot of the franchise,[8] to be directed by David Silverman and produced by Walter Mirisch and Julie Andrews. 115 min | Blake Edwards Ironically, this was the last Pink Panther movie Peter Sellers made before his death in 1980. Bumbling Inspector Clouseau must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond. David Niven, [1] The cartoon series gained its highest profile on television, aired on Saturday mornings as The Pink Panther Show. A most dreadful script. Catherine Schell, Comedy, Crime, Mystery. The franchise just couldn’t survive without Peter Sellers. The name "the Pink Panther" became attached to Inspector Clouseau in much the same way that Frankenstein has been used in film titles to refer to Dr. Frankenstein's creation, or The Thin Man was used in a series of detective films. 93 min Films: 7 Cato Fong is Clouseau's Chinese manservant, trained to attack him regularly to keep him alert and skilled in martial arts. Director: Elke Sommer, The most ridiculous but probably also the most fun Pink Panther movie. Also sign me up for FanMail to get updates on all things movies: tickets, special offers, screenings + more. $10.88M. Kevin Kline, The opening title sequence in the original 1963 The Pink Panther film was such a success with the United Artists executives that they decided to adapt the title sequence into a series of theatrical animated shorts. Herbert Lom, This film should not have been made. Their mission: Stop a globe-trotting thief who specializes in stealing historical artifacts. This character, designed by Hawley Pratt and Friz Freleng, was subsequently the subject of his own series of theatrical cartoons, beginning with The Pink Phink in 1964. She attended school in France and received a BA degree in foreign languages. Niven, Sellers and Wagner give very fine performances, which seem to remain fresh and vibrant to this day. Features the most glamorous locations in the series – Gstaad and Nice. | Director: [citation needed] Shortly afterwards, it was suggested that Dudley Moore should play Clouseau, but Blake Edwards chose to introduce a new character in the series to replace Clouseau. Martin reprises his role, but John Cleese replaces Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus. Whereas Curse had lots of returning characters, this film only has Herbert Lom and Burt Kwouk returning. | Gross: Stars: Blake Edwards Jean Reno, This is explained at the beginning of the first film, and the camera zooms in on the diamond to reveal the blurry flaw, which focuses into the cartoon Panther (though not actually leaping) to start the opening credits sequence. Despite speculation, Alan Arkin does not appear in Trail of the Pink Panther. Kevin Cline was much better as Dreyfus than John Cleese. PG Comedy, Crime. Director: Blake Edwards Portions of an instrumental version also appear in the film's musical score several times. Peter Sellers, | Gross: 42,273 The Pink Panther (1963), the original film of the series, centered on the Phantom/Sir Charles Lytton, portrayed by David Niven. PG The diamond reappears in several later films in the series, The Return of the Pink Panther, Trail of the Pink Panther, and Curse of the Pink Panther. 5,520 The scenes with Christopher Plummer are a little dull though. | Gross: The film will still focus on the actual Pink Panther animated character and Inspector Clouseau.[5]. The film was panned by most critics, but was a financial success, grossing $164.1 million on an $80 million budget. 102 min | Gross: Charles Dreyfus encounters Jacques Gambrelli, who reminds him painfully of Inspector Clouseau, the man who drove him insane. Christopher Plummer, Peter Sellers's performance was so popular that the resulting series was built on the Clouseau character, rather than the Phantom character. The second half is not quite as good – too outrageous and not as funny. Peter Sellers is at his best. Jacques Clouseau teams up with a squad of International detectives who are just as bumbling as he is. In the original film, released in 1963, the main focus was on David Niven's role as Sir Charles Litton, the infamous jewel thief nicknamed "the Phantom," and his plan to steal the Pink Panther. The famed inept French police officer, Inspector Jacques Clouseau, got a makeover in the reboot movie of The Pink Panther.The character became a hit after the original 1963 comedy movie and the following film in 1976, and many fans fondly recall the franchise's suave and alluring animated pink panther mascot. Adventure, Comedy, Crime. With David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine. Director: Many critics, including Leonard Maltin, regard this film as the best in the series. | There’s lots of over-the-top slapstick comedy. In addition, the newer Amazon case indicates that the image in the diamond is that of a … Stars: Shawn Levy | 93 min Herbert Lom, The 1968 film Inspector Clouseau stars Alan Arkin as Clouseau, and does not feature any other recurring characters from the rest of the series. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) was the first Pink Panther film made after Peter Sellers' death in 1980. Once again, many former Panther co-stars return – Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk, and Graham Stark, and a star of the original 1963 film, Claudia Cardinale. Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), who has finally cracked over Inspector Jacques Clouseau's (Peter Sellers') antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all. [4] However on November 19, 2020, a CGI animated / live-action hybrid Pink Panther film was officially announced with Jeff Fowler directing the feature replacing Silverman and Chris Bremner developing the script and the film will still be produced by Julie Andrews and Walter Mirisch and his son Lawrence Mirisch. Although official, the live-action film Inspector Clouseau (1968) starring Alan Arkin, is generally not considered by fans to be part of the series canon, since it involved neither Sellers nor Edwards. Martin also stars in the sequel, The Pink Panther 2, released in 2009. Not only did the newer Amazon version copy this erroneous information from the old DVD case, the reviewer again obviously never bothered to watch the movie. 92 min On March 31, 2014, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced plans to develop a new live action/CGI hybrid feature film starring The Pink Panther, which was to be directed by David Silverman (of Simpsons fame) and produced by Walter Mirisch and Julie Andrews (who, in addition to her many career accomplishments, is Blake Edwards' widow). It contains all 6 Peter Sellers Panther films: The Pink Panther A Shot in the Dark Return of the Pink Panther Revenge of the Pink Panther Trail of the Pink Panther (a clip show) Although the box are only lists commentary on the first film, ALL SIX films have commentary. The role of Clouseau was originated by, and is most closely associated with, Peter Sellers. In addition to the credits sequences, the theme often accompanies any suspenseful sequence in the first film and in subsequent films using the character. | Alan Arkin, The animated Pink Panther character also appeared in a short animated segment on the educational TV series Sesame Street, demonstrating his karate skills to carve the letter K out of a block of stone, only for it to crumble quickly afterwards. The costume party with the gorilla outfits and Clouseau dressed as a knight is perhaps the finest moment. In 1993's Son of the Pink Panther, Blake Edwards tried one last time to revive the series, this time by casting Roberto Benigni as Gendarme Jacques Gambrelli, Inspector Clouseau's illegitimate son by Maria Gambrelli, the murder suspect from A Shot in the Dark. Director: (This is also done in Return.) The Inspector is convinced that 'The Phantom' has returned and utilises all of his resources - himself and his oriental manservant - to reveal the true identity of 'The Phantom'. This film clearly proves it. ENTER CITY, STATE OR ZIP CODE GO. It is the last in which Sellers played Clouseau. James Bond Movies from best to worst (by a true fan), Friday The 13th Movies (From Best to Worst), The Pink Panther Films (From Best To Worst), Elvis Presley's Films (From Best to Worst). Stars: When Gardner dropped out, so did Ustinov, so the role went to Sellers. The film also co-starred Catherine Schell, Peter Arne, and Graham Stark. Not a remake of the original film, it forms a new starting point for a contemporary series, introducing the Clouseau and Dreyfus characters along with the famous diamond to a new generation. With Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer. Apparently, the tone changed when Edwards picked up Sellers from the airport and during the ride to the hotel they bonded over old comedians like Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. The Pink Panther (1963) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. | Inspector Clouseau, an expert on The Phantom's exploits, feels sure that he knows where The Phantom will strike next and leaves Paris for the Tyrolean Alps, where the famous Lugashi jewel 'The Pink Panther' is going to be. To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Stars: Elements and characters inspired by the films were adapted into other media, including books, comic books and animated series. Peter Sellers, Inspector Clouseau was only a secondary character as Litton's incompetent antagonist and provided slapstick to an otherwise subtle, lighthearted caper film, a somewhat jarring contrast of styles which is typical of Edwards's films. This film received negative reviews and was also not as successful at the box office as its predecessor. | [2] Due to hostility between Sellers and Blake Edwards, Edwards would not have directed the film. | Insp. $9.06M. The Pink Panther movie franchise primarily focuses on a series of comedy-mystery films featuring an inept French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Claudia Cardinale, Director: One of the greatest comedy films of all time. The role was then modified to include elements of slapstick. PG Comedy, Crime, Mystery. Stars: The jazz-based theme music was composed by Henry Mancini. Comedy, Mystery. Directed by Shawn Levy. It is also the first Pink Panther film to be released since Son of the Pink Panther released in 1993. Steve Martin puts in a good attempt but is nowhere near the quality of Peter Sellers’ portrayal. The Pink Panther movies have a long and convoluted history. Stars: Directed by Blake Edwards. 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