Tonight’s cartoon is a Mirisch Films, Inc. presentation of Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther starring in The Pink Phink.  The first of the Pink Panther animated shorts distributed by United Artists, it was released on December 18, 1964.  Winning the 1965 Academy Award for Best Short marked the first time in history a studio won an Academy Award with its very first animated short film.

Pink Panther Theme by Henry Mancini.  Produced by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng.  Directed by Friz Freleng.  Co-Directed by Hawley Pratt.  Story by John W. Dunn.  Animation by Don Williams, Bob Matz, Norm McCabe, and LaVerne Harding.  Layout by Dick Ung.  Backgrounds by Tom O’Loughlin.  Film Editing by Lee Gunther.  Production Supervision by Bill Orcutt.  Music by William Lava.

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