Friends, as this is the 4th of July I do sincerely hope that each and every one of you are having a happy and safe Holiday. I figured a Toon In offering would be perfect for the 4th of July but to honest… what I could find wasn’t really up to snuff – that is until I stumbled across Think Before You Pink. No, it has absolutely nothing to do with the Holiday but it does feature the Pink Panther and a very large firework-like rocket. Plus if I am being completely honest here, I am always up for showing a Pink Panther animated short because they are generally so good. Think Before You Pink was originally released on March 19th of 1969 as a theatrical animated short but would be packaged as part of The Pink Panther Show – which I have discussed on previous Toon In articles.
Think Before You Pink was Directed by Gerry Chinquy who had a pretty huge career in animation beginning as an animator at Warner Bros. working on You Ought to Be in Pictures in 1940 and his last role was as animation Director for six episodes of Defenders of the Earth. Gerry wound up wearing a few hats in the field of animation – earning himself 210 credits as part of an animation department – with 138 credits as Director. Besides classic Warner Bros. and quite a few of the DePatie–Freleng Enterprises studio animated shorts – Chinquy would also have a hand in the likes of such animated series as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Dungeons & Dragons, Muppet Babies, The Transformers, Jem, and InHumanoids.
As for the synopsis for Think Before You Pink it is a rather simple one – in that the Pink Panther is trying to cross a busy intersection – the problem arises with the crosswalk light. The Panther finds himself getting stuck in the middle of the road when the light changes or being led into physical harm by the device – so our protagonist has to come up with some novel attempts at getting across the road safely.