Pink Panther was once the movie industry's hippest
cartoon star. Film audiences of all ages love
the high style, clever humor and colorful adventures
of this pink-inked feline.
The Pink Panther was created by
Friz Freleng for the opening title sequence
of Blake Edward's, 1964 comedy farce THE PINK
PANTHER. Almost instantly the cartoon character
received reviews that were as good or better
than the film itself! The new star had obviously
clawed his mark, and a series of short subjects
was immediately put info production.
begun his career in the same small Kansas City
studio where Walt Disney got his start in animation,
Freleng moved to California in the late 1920s.
He was soon helping fellow Kansas City animators
Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising start up the series
of "Looney Tunes" for Warner Brothers release.
With the exception of one year with M-G-M in
the mid-1930s, Freleng was a Warner Brothers
stalwart, becoming Senior Director and supervising
now-classic cartoons staring Bugs Bunny, Daffy
Duck, and Tweety for over 30 years. Freleng
also directed the first cartoons starring Sylvester,
Porky Pig and Yosemite Sam, ultimately winning
four Academy Awards® for the studio.