The Great DeGaulle Stone Operation
Studio: DePatie Freleng Release Date : December 21, 1965 Series: The Inspector
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Associated Studio(s)

Mirisch Company / Geoffrey

Synopsis

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

Characters

The Inspector
(Voice: Pat Harrington Jr.)
The Commissioner
(Voice: Larry Storch)
Sergeant Deux-Deux
(Voice: Pat Harrington Jr.)
Weft Matzoriley
(Voice: Paul Frees)
Wight Matzoriley
(Voice: Pat Harrington Jr.)
Wong Matzoriley
(Voice: Paul Frees)

Credits

Director

Isadore "Friz" Freleng

Animator

Manuel "Manny" Perez
Don Williams
Bob Matz
Warren Batchelder
Norman "Norm" McCabe
George Grandpre

Story

John W. Dunn

Music

William "Bill" Lava

Voices

Pat Harrington Jr.
Paul Frees
Larry Storch

Producer

David H. DePatie
Isadore "Friz" Freleng

Film Editor

Lee Gunther

Co-Director

Germain Adolph "Gerry" Chiniquy

Production Supervisor

Bill Orcutt

Design

Tom ("T.M.") Yakutis

Theme Music

Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini


Distributor(s)

United Artists

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).
  • Submitted to the Academy for consideration of "Best Cartoon Short", but did not get nominated

Television

The Pink Panther Show (Season 1, Episode 12)

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

The Pink Panther Animation Archive

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
The DePatie Freleng Collection 1

BluRay Disc

United States

The Inspector
The DePatie-Freleng Collection 1

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 7:14
MPAA No.: 21145
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Deluxe
Sound Type: Mono
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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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.
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