Sunday, April 20, 2014

Honourable Mention: The Pink Panther and Friends – Pink Plasma

The Pink Panther is a cultural classic, a series of cartoons based on the opening credits of the live action crime comedies of the same name and featuring the always cool Pink Panther (character, not diamond). This episode came from the series The Pink Panther and Friends, was directed by Art Leonardi and first aired in 1975.

Dracula
It features the Pink Panther backpacking through Transylvania when he spots what he takes to be a lodge but is in fact Dracula’s castle. He decides to stay the night and the five minutes of the cartoon is taken up with encounters with an invisible, squeaky footed yeti and a disembodied, knife throwing hand and – of course – Dracula, who is recurring character The Little Man in a vampire get up.

The coffin
PP finds Dracula's coffin and, assuming it to be the coffin of a really dead man buries it. When the sun sets the coffin rises out of the ground and Dracula is on the hunt for some pink plasma. Of course hunting PP is never going to be that easy and there are irate spiders plus a moat living shark for the bungling vampire to contend with. Dracula can always assume the form of a crap bat, of course. When day breaks vampire, castle and all the other inhabitants vanish.

The imdb page is here.

4 comments:

Alex said...

What a delightful surprise to see a review of this. One of my childhood favorites.

Taliesin_ttlg said...

I couldn't remember whether you had mentioned it to me Alex - glad you enjoyed

Alex said...

Nope, I didn't. You can have one now though. "Transylvania Mania" from the other cartoon spinoff based on the Clouseau movies; The Inspector.

Taliesin_ttlg said...

fair call, pal :)