Live-action movie with title sequence animated by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.
Hawley Pratt did the design for the animated cat, producing as many as 100 prototypes. The film's director, Blake Edwards, walked over to one of the drawings and declared, "This is it."
Animated titles were still a movie novelty, but the Mirisch brothers- who headed the film studio, Mirisch G-E Productions- approved the idea and the expenditure.
A sneak preview of the movie was held at the village theater in Westwood Village, California.
Recalled animation producer David DePatie: "The projector started to roll and as the Panther first appeared, there was a ripple of laughter from the audience which quickly became whistles and roars of approval as the Panther toyed with the various titles. At the conclusion of the main title, the crowd went bananas."
The huge popular response to the title sequence led to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises releasing a long series of "Pink Panther" theatrical shorts, beginning with the Oscar-winning "The Pink Phink" (1964).
The movie's Inspector Clouseau character inspired DePatie-Freleng Enterprises' "The Inspector" series, which started in 1965.
Release date is that of screening in West Germany. Official "World Premiere" took place in the United Kingdom on January 7, 1964. United States premiere was March 18, 1964; general U.S. release date was March 20, 1964.
This film was one of 10 named to the National Film Preservation Board's National Film Registry in 2010.
The film grossed $10.9 million in the United States.
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Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.
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