29 March 2011

Pink Hallucinations

I can remember watching these old Pink Panther cartoons as a kid, early on Saturday morning. Episode 2, "Pink Pajamas" from 1964 is a real winner, though what strikes me is how much it appeals to my adult sensibilities


The Flop House that denies him admission...the charming and spot on animation of the drunken fellow...the "Demon Rum" book...the 1960s minimalism of the drawing, like a jazz record, only it's a cartoon.

There's a lot to get a kick out of here, though none of it is fit for children. Still, I do remember having a laugh at it at the age of eight at 6 a.m. on a Saturday, even if I didn't know what I was laughing at. Maybe they put it on that early for the drunken grownups who were only just getting home.

p.s. a secret.

8 comments:

David M. said...

As a kid, I remember being very confused when I learned that there was a movie called the Pink Panther and the only animation was during the credits.

Jho78 said...

Unfortunately my childhood memories of the Pink Panther are from those insulation commercials.

P.S. Thank you for the invitation, but I must regretfully decline.

D. said...

@ David M -- I thought I was the only one! Still, it introduced us to the work of Peter Sellers...

Roger said...

Haha. Brilliant choice, full of absurd surrealism.
In the late 1980s here these were still being run in the cinemas before the main feature. It beat watching a load of noisy trailers.

Jonathan Reed Winkler said...

Nice semaphore message. Time for a nice fancy drink, I think. Perhaps a Yale cocktail.

davidsl said...

fritz freleng was a genius.

jonjim1952 said...

Delightful cartoon.

Gregorius Mercator said...

I'm right there with David.

I loved the Pink Panther cartoons as a kid and I was so excited that they're still hilarious when we rediscovered them on Netflix.

Good times, fond memories.