1. General Info

Cumulative rating:       (2 ratings submitted)

Synopsis


The Inspector must keep the expensive De Gaulle stone safe from the villainous hands of the Matzoreilys Brothers.

DVD

United States

The Pink Panther and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 6: The Inspector
The Pink Panther Ultimate Collection
The Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection (9 Disc Set - 2009)
The Pink Panther Film Collection
The Inspector (commentary by Greg Ford, Friz Freleng)

BluRay Disc

The Inspector
The DePatie-Freleng Collection 1

Notes

Milestones

The first Inspector cartoon.

Trivia

First appearence of The Inspector (who is based on Inspector Clouseau from The Pink Panther films), Sergeant Deux-Deux, and The Commissioner (who is based on Commissioner Dreyfus from the Pink Panther films as well, in addition of being voiced by Larry Storch in one of the two cartoons in the series).

Distributor(s)

United Artists

Technical Specifications

MPAA Number: 21145
Running Time: 7:14
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Color Type: Deluxe
Sound Type: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Type: Spherical
Original Language: English

Reviews and Comments

From TibbyH :

One of DePatie-Freleng's greatest animated shorts. The first entry in their Inspector short series, and interestingly enough, this short premiered before the james Bond film Thunderball. "The Great DeGaulle Stone Operation" is a hilarious, well-written, stylish cartoon standing out on its own both today and during it's original release. Friz Freleng wasn't much of a director at the studio, only directing about a dozen cartoons between their three best series. But of the cartoons he directed, this is his second best (first, obviously being The Pink Phink). There's a common misconception that The Inspector series is an adaptation of the Peter Sellers Pink Panther comedies. While it is true that they took some inspirations from Seller's and Commissioner Dreyfus' costume and attitude, it's more of an original creation. The series (and this short) take advantage of the limitless capabilities of animation and offer some pretty crazy situations and capers for our dimwitted Inspector to solve. So back on this cartoon. First off, we need to mention Tom Yakutis' brilliant background design. It gives so much personality to the entire series. His work looks like something you'd see in a museum and I get so hypnotized every time I rewatch this cartoon. I also dig these character designs. It's very obviously a product of the 1960s, but unlike studios like Walter Lantz the designs don't look lazy. The Inspector and his zanny villains are funny to look at and don't ape off some other studio's trademark style. The music by William Lava has a catchy beat. His rendition of Henry Mancini's super addictive theme to A Shot of the Dark works so well I can't imagine watching this short without hearing the music. Friz's direction is spot on and every joke (no matter who cliche) works so well based off its execution. I'm sorry if this post seems rambley, but I just really love this cartoon. Go off and buy The Inspector Blu-ray set if you are in the slightest bit interested. I believe this to be one of Friz Freleng's greatest directoral efforts and is truly worth your time.


Screenshots

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History

3/12/2012

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    Sources

    Isadore "Friz" Freleng: Director
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    Manuel "Manny" Perez: Animator
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    Don Williams: Animator
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    Bob Matz: Animator
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    Warren Batchelder: Animator
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    Norman "Norm" McCabe: Animator
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    George Grandpre: Animator
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    John W. Dunn: Story
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    William "Bill" Lava: Music
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    Pat Harrington Jr.: Voices
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    Paul Frees: Voices
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    Larry Storch: Voices
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    David H. DePatie: Producer
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    Isadore "Friz" Freleng: Producer
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    Lee Gunther: Film Editor
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    Gerry Chiniquy: Co-Director
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    Bill Orcutt: Production Supervisor
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    Tom ("T.M.") Yakutis: Design
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    Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini: Theme Music
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