Famous Friday: Pink Panther

by Paws on Your Heart on May 17, 2019

This famous feline was originally the title character featured in the opening credits for the live action The Pink Panther films, which began in 1963. Although his role was small in these films, he became so popular that he was given his very own theatrical shorts, comic books, television cartoon shows, and merchandise. So what is it about the Pink Panther that everybody loves so much?

Well for one thing, he is a pink panther, that’s pretty exciting as it is. But if you’re looking for even more of a reason to love him, how about his quirky habit of walking in time to the music in his adventures? Or how about his magical ability to appear, disappear, and change his shape and costume instantaneously – often in an attempt to hide from the pesky Inspector Clouseau who is always trying to track him down. Want to see his crazy antics in action? Check out the very first episode of his television show titled The Pink Phink HERE.

In addition to his own television shows, movies, and merchandise, the Pink Panther has been a spokes character for many other companies. He’s been in Nike campaigns for the Pink Mercurial Vapor IV football (soccer) shoes, his image is all over Owens Corning Insulation products, he was in a commercial for Sweet ‘N Low, and he was even featured on Sesame Street for a segment called “Karate is K”.

Even more impressive is his ability as a character to help to raise awareness for special causes, – in specific, he was the mascot for a New Zealand Child Cancer Foundation. Now that’s a great thing to be associated with.

It’s hard not to love the character of the Pink Panther. Whether it’s for his crazy antics, his unique appearance, his magical abilities, or simply his great advertising and awareness campaigns, the Pink Panther has a way of finding his way into the hearts of everyone.

Who’s your favourite famous feline?  Is there a famous feline you’d like to see featured in one of our Famous Friday posts? Let us know in the comments section below.

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