The iconic cartoon that originated in the 1960s, The Pink Panther remains popular today, and a new movie based on the characters from this classic animated show is on the way. According to a recent exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter, Eddie Murphy is in talks to star as Inspector Clouseau in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s upcoming The Pink Panther film.
Reportedly, the new Pink Panther movie will be a live-action one directed by the filmmaker of Sonic the Movie – 89%, with Jeff Fowler, Rideback’s Dan Lin, Jonathan Eric, Larry Merrick and Julie Andrews as producers. THR’s sources have said that this new feature film project will be a live-action/CGI hybrid and is still in the early stages of development. In addition, it has been said that the new adaptation will be a buddy cop film, with Inspector Clouseau and the Pink Panther coming together on the big screen for the first time.
The character of the Pink Panther was first introduced in the 1963 film The Pink Panther. Directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the film featured the famous animated credits sequence that first introduced the world to The Pink Panther. The character briefly had no dialogue, but his playful personality, antics and charisma caught the attention of the audience.
Animator Friz Freleng, best known for his work on Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, was hired to create the animated credits sequence. Freleng designed and animated the Pink Panther, a graceful and mysterious figure in pink who became the central focus of the short. The music, composed by Henry Mancini, also played an important role in creating the character’s mood and personality.
The animated credits sequence was so well received that it generated a lot of interest in Pink Panther as a character. This led to the development of an animated series based on the Pink Panther, which began airing on television in 1964. The series focused on the comical adventures of the Pink Panther, who often found himself in hilarious and chaotic situations. The series featured episodes of Pink Panther interspersed with other segments starring Inspector Clouseau, the Phantom Thief, and the Anteater. The series continued in production until the 1980s. The Pink Panther Show was characterized by its fluid animation, distinctive visual style, and impeccable humor. Although the Pink Panther didn’t speak, his actions and facial expressions were enough to make the audience laugh out loud.
The Pink Panther grew in popularity quickly, becoming an animation icon and a worldwide recognized character. Over the years, the Pink Panther has appeared in numerous films, television specials and animated series, and has become a beloved figure among children, youth and adults alike.