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The Pink Panther to return in a CGI/live action movie from MGM

Mar. 31, 2014by:

There is good news and bad news regarding the next big screen incarnation of THE PINK PANTHER. The good news is that the painfully bad series starring Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau will not be continuing. The bad news is that the next movie will be a CGI/live action movie along the lines of ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, SCOOBY DOO, and THE SMURFS.

The new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau, and will harken back to the tone shared by the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well as that of Blake Edwards’ films.

THE PINK PANTHER was originally a series of comedy films directed by Blake Edwards and starring the great Peter Sellers as the bumbling Clouseau. The title of the movies referred to a rare diamond and not an actual character. But, thanks to the popularity of the film and the iconic opening theme, the animated version of the anthropomorphic panther eventually got his own cartoon and became a popular character in his own right. While Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin both attempted to kickstart the series, neither was as good as Sellers.

THE PINK PANTHER series has been in existence for five decades and has won Oscars and Grammy Awards, but something tells me this is going to just be another blemish on that history. There have been almost no CGI/live action hybrid family films that have been any good, despite great box office numbers, so my expectations are very low for THE PINK PANTHER. Here's hoping they can prove me wrong.

Source: Deadline

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1:22PM on 04/01/2014
As long as he doesn't talk. Then it moves up to maybe. If it's like Garfield or Alvin, fuck it.
As long as he doesn't talk. Then it moves up to maybe. If it's like Garfield or Alvin, fuck it.
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7:44PM on 03/31/2014

Cautiously Optimistic

I would have been against this until I saw the trailer for the new 3D Animated Peanuts movie. They really got that right in my opinion. I think if they try to emulate the style of the cartoon as much as possible, rather than have the pink panther walk around in our reality, it could be good.
I would have been against this until I saw the trailer for the new 3D Animated Peanuts movie. They really got that right in my opinion. I think if they try to emulate the style of the cartoon as much as possible, rather than have the pink panther walk around in our reality, it could be good.
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7:23PM on 03/31/2014

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Literally my first vocal reaction to the headline on this article.
Literally my first vocal reaction to the headline on this article.
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6:36PM on 03/31/2014
The ruining of my childhood continues! Yipee!
The ruining of my childhood continues! Yipee!
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7:14PM on 03/31/2014
whoa really? I guess some real life super villain must have invented time travel
whoa really? I guess some real life super villain must have invented time travel
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