Who knew that the Pink Panther had a Halloween episode?? I sure didn’t. But honestly, I’m so glad I found this.
Clocking in at just under 7 minutes, “Pink Plasma” first aired on August 8, 1975. It’s the third episode of the eleventh season of “The Pink Panther Show”. Much in the same, ahem, vein, as Bugs’ Bunny’s “Transylvania 6-5000”, this episode finds our rose-coloured jungle cat in Transylvania, spending the night in a vampire’s castle, thinking it’s just a regular lodge for travelers.
After descending the staircase straight out of Universal’s “Dracula”, Pinkie discovers a coffin in the basement, and because he’s such a considerate gentleman, he digs a hole and buries the deceased.
Come sunset, Count Blaa-cula (I made up that name because this little stereotype runs around yelling, “Blaa, BLAA!” — it’s honestly adorable) has to dig himself up. When Blaa-cula finds the Pink Panther asleep on the couch, he thinks, “You know what would be good right now? A nice warm glass of pink champagne!”
There are a few other ghosts and critters and creepy creatures roaming the castle, and even a comical shark in the moat. The shark loves the Count about as much as the crocodile loved Captain Hook, by the way.
I won’t give away the ending, which is surprisingly unnerving, at least to me, so go ahead and watch “Pink Plasma” for yourself. It’s embedded below.
The Pink Panther wasn’t a cartoon that I got to see very often as a kid growing up in the early ’90s. Curious if any of my readers are more familiar with him than I am!
Writing these short features about Creepy Cartoons, I’m quickly realizing that no matter how old I get, I’m always going to be young at heart. If it came right down to it, this is the kind of stuff that makes Halloween enjoyable for me. Yeah, if you cut me, I’m always going to bleed Hammer Films’ Technicolor Red, but I’d honestly just rather have FUN. Life is scary enough without the nightmarish clowns, psychotic serial killers, and possessed demonic dolls.
Cute and creepy suits THIS ghoul just fine.
Until next time, unpleasant dreams . . .