Anybody out here doesn’t know this pink cat- Pink Panther? This short flick, originally aired on TV in 1978 (and probably the years after). I don’t know the details but I remember it drifting into my childhood some 10 years or so after. I’m not as familiar to Pink Panther as others are. Pink Panther’s quest in this Christmas special is to find food in every possible way. During the process, he brings us into sing song moments and many Christmas traditions: the shopping rush, the sweets in the bakery, the meat at the butcher’s , Santa at the department store, skating and outdoor activities, carolers and choir singers, etc. Of course, he eventually will get his meal with a little companion.
This has children’s movie written all over it. However, this is also a character from the past so I’m not exactly sure whether kids these days would dig this type of movie. The whole animation is moved by music and singing in the background to complement the situation but there is no actual dialogue. However, I did like the music quite a bit. There’s this song that I really like because of its simple, cheery Christmas music, exactly what I like called “Holly Jolly Holiday”. I couldn’t find a video with the actual snippet from the movie.
What else did I like? I like all the different aspects that making up the Christmas spirit. Other than the ones mentioned above, there was also shoveling snow in the winter and feeding birds in the park. The final lesson is always to learn how to think of others and if you do, good things will happen to you. After so many attempts of trying to earn food, he finally gets his meal from sharing his doughnut with a small stray puppy.
This flick may be predictable but for some, I think the value is of its reminder of our childhood. As I’ve mentioned multiple times, nostalgia rules me during the holidays. Anyone else in the same boat? I’m not as big of a fan of Pink Panther in comparison to Peanuts or Garfield, but I’m sure there still are fans out there who likes this silly pink cat.
How does this TV movie hold up for you after so many years? Are there any movies you loved as a kid that doesn’t have the same feeling as an adult?