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Pink Panther and Pals

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Classic toon remake a refreshing change of pace for kids.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show aims to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

The series makes light of personality clashes between acquaintances and offers no alternative ways of resolving conflict other than arguing. 

Positive role models

A teenage Pink Panther strives for perpetual fun, sometimes to the detriment of those around him – especially his arch-nemesis, Big Nose. The Ant and the Aardvark enjoy a friendly rivalry in which they constantly try to upstage the other.

Violence & scariness

Frequent cartoon violence includes laser beams that incinerate objects (including characters’ body parts), explosions, and extensive falls. None of the content causes realistic, lasting injury, but its exaggerated style isn’t likely to be misinterpreted as reality.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this updated version of the 1960s classic cartoon The Pink Panther is a fun choice for kids. The show has its fair share of cartoon-style violence (explosions, crashes, knocks to the head, for instance), but the tone is light and humorous enough that kids aren’t likely to misinterpret it as reality. While there’s no possibility of kids gleaning any worthwhile messages from the superficial content, the show is equally light on the iffy stuff, so it’s a safe option for the grade-school set.

What's the story?

In PINK PANTHER AND PALS, stars of the 1960s cartoon The Pink Panther return to the animated screen as younger versions of themselves, carrying on the mayhem that endeared the original series to fans years ago. Each episode of the show consists of three animated shorts: two silent-style ones featuring Pink Panther and his arch-nemesis, Big Nose, and one chronicling the friendly rivalry between the Ant (voiced by Kel Mitchell) and the Aardvark (voiced by Eddie Garvar).

Is it any good?

QUALITY

While purists might argue against messing with such an iconic show as The Pink Panther, in fact this modern-day version is sure to win a new generation of fans for the rosy feline and his equally colorful co-stars, due in a large part to its adherence to the show’s traditions. Kids will be struck by the silent acting of the Pink Panther shorts (which account for two-thirds of the show) and the simple style of the Ant and Aardvark, both of which are contrast to the flash and noise of many of today’s cartoons.

As for content, the show’s humorous style ensures that the cartoon violence won’t faze most kids, so there’s little worry there. While the series makes no effort to impart lasting messages on its young viewers, it’s equally short on the bad stuff, making it a refreshing change of pace for kids. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this show compares to the original cartoon. Kids: Have you seen the first Pink Panther show? What aspects of it did you like? How well does this modern version complement the original? What changes, if any, did you not like?

  • Kids: Who are some of your favorite cartoon characters? Why do you like them? What attracts you to a character or set of characters? How do cartoons exaggerate things to make them seem funnier?

  • Kids: Does the media have a responsibility to include “worthwhile” content in shows for kids? Is a show’s content important to you personally, or do you just look for entertainment value? Where should the line be drawn when a show’s content includes violence or negative messages?

TV details

Premiere date:March 7, 2010
Cast:Eddie Garvar, Kel Mitchell
Networks:Boomerang, Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Kid, 9 years old August 24, 2010

less predictable sequel, still relatively clean

there is cartoon violence, but it is not that bad, and the injuries are a little less graphic than your average cartoon today. Also the extraction of smoking makes it less inappropiate than the original one. The pink panther is caring and a great sport. Overall: iffy 4-5, 6+
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Educator and Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written bySierra Filucci March 9, 2010
Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2011

Suitable for Everyone

There's violence but it's really funny and nobody really gets hurt seriously. It's my 6 year old sister's favourite show and it's okay for me. Pause: 3 & under On: 4 & up But it's not really inappropriate for any age group, just depends on the child like will they copy it

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