Pink Panther Quiz

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You’ll be tickled pink recalling all the adventures of the inept French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

The role of Clouseau was originated by which actor?

The role of Clouseau was originated by Peter Sellers. Steve Martin portrayed Inspector Clouseau in two films, but didn’t create the character. Blake Edwards directed and co-wrote the films. David Niven portrayed the infamous jewel thief nicknamed “The Phantom”

Who composed the memorable tune that plays over the opening credits, and stars an animated pink panther?

Henri Mancini composed the jazz-based theme music that played over the opening credits as well as during suspenseful sequences in the film.

What or who is the Pink Panther?

The Pink Panther is a large, pink diamond which contains a flaw which when held up to the light forms the image of a leaping pink panther.

Who is the French journalist speaking to?“Do you know if the killer was a man or woman?” “Well of course I know that! What else is there? A kitten?”

Inspector Clouseau takes every question literally or misinterprets the question colossally.

Who is Ponton talking to? [asking Ponton about his wife] Tell me about her. Ponton: I consider her the most beautiful woman in the world. [pauses] Ponton: What about yourself? No, I don't consider myself a beautiful woman.

The correct answer is Inspector Clouseau who hilariously takes every question literally.

Who is Inspector Clouseau talking to? Clouseau: [talking about the vase stuck on his right hand] “Is this vase of great value?” “It is a worthless imitation. [slams the vase on the nearby desk in order to break it, but ends up breaking both the vase and the table in the process] But that desk was... priceless”

Inspector Clouseau’s is talking to Chief Inspector Dreyfus while trying to free the vase that is stuck to his hand.

Who is constantly driven to distraction by Clouseau's bungling and is eventually driven insane.

Normally, driven to distraction by Clouseau, “In The Return of the Pink Panther” Chief Inspector Dreyfus is driven insane. In the “Pink Panther Strikes Again,” Dreyfus is about to be released but relapses when Clouseau shows up.

Another favorite character is Clouseau’s manservant who is an expert in martial arts. What is the character’s name?

The running gag is that Clouseau instructed Cato to attack him unexpectedly, to keep Clouseau's combat skills and vigilance sharp.

Cato was one character who was continually portrayed by one person? What is that actor’s name?

Mr. Kwouk has a very long and successful career. Highlights include Kwouk appearing in four James Bond films as well as many TV shows such as Danger Man, The Saint, Man of the World and the Sentimental Agent. The list goes on and on.

Cato’s character took on a bigger role in subsequent films, how so?

Cato helped Clouseau on cases including one where Cato wears spectacles as a disguise but collides with various objects when it impairs his vision. He also played a larger role in “Revenge of the Pink Panther” and “Curse of the Pink Panther.”

Although Peter Sellers was the quintessential Inspector Clouseau, who else portrayed the bumbling detective?

Alan Arkin starred in the film “Inspector Clouseau” but Peter Sellers, Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini were not involved in the making of that film. Roger Moore in “Curse of the Pink Panther” is Clouseau after having plastic surgery to disguise his identity, but it is just a cameo role. That film had a dismal box office performance. However, when Steve Martin played Inspector Clouseau in “The Pink Panther” it was a box office success, enough so that “The Pink Panther 2” starring Steve Martin came to the big screen three years later.

Who has played Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus?

Herbert Lom famously gave this character a pronounced tic which occurred under stress...and an accompanying childlike giggle when plotting Clouseau's murder. Kevin Kline portrayed the character in the 2006 “The Pink Panther” while John Cleese portrayed the character in “The Pink Panther 2”.

“The Phantom”, played by David Niven is a jewel thief, who serves as the primary villain in the first film. What happened in later films when Niven was frail and aging?

David Niven made cameo appearances and his voice was dubbed by impressionist Rich Little. Also, Christopher Plummer portrayed The Phantom in the “Return of the Pink Panther”.

Who was Professor Auguste Balls?

Professor Auguste Balls was portrayed by Graham Stark and Harvey Korman in various Pink Panther films.

Here’s the plot. What was the name of the film? A mysterious thief seizes the Pink Panther diamond and leaves a white glove marked with a gold-tinted "P". With its national treasure once again missing, the Shah of Lugash requests the assistance of Inspector Clouseau who recovered the diamond the last time it was stolen.

The Return of the Pink Panther came out in theaters seven years after the original Inspector Clouseau movie.

One more! Here’s the plot. What was the name of the film? To prove that he still is a strong and powerful leader of the French Syndicate, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Once Clouseau's mistaken death has been announced, the former Chief Inspector, feels better and is released from the mental hospital. Clouseau tries to take advantage of his "death" and goes under cover with Cato to find out who tried to assassinate him.

Revenge of the Pink Panther was the fourth Pink Panther film and came to theaters in 1978.

Final one! Name the movie, here’s the plot: Clouseau investigates the murder of a man at a country house. The owner of the house always seems to know more than he should, and although the evidence continually suggests that the maid Maria committed the crime, Clouseau always does the opposite expected of him, much to the disgruntlement of his superior, Dreyfus.

Shot in the Dark, the 1964 film.

Which one of these celebrities guest-starred in the Pink Panther films?

Elke Summers guest starred in Shot in the Dark, the 1964 film. Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett starred in Charlie Angels. Zsa Zsa Gabor played the leading roles in 1952 film, Moulin Rouge.

Can you name another actress who starred in a Pink Panther film?

Dyann Cannon portrayed Simone Legree in the Revenge of the Pink Panther. Lindsay Wagner portrayed the Bionic Woman. Eva Gabor is known for her role in Green Acres. And Linda Carter played Wonder Woman.

It must be noted that Beyoncé starred in “The Pink Panther”. What was the name of the character she portrayed?

Beyoncé played international pop star Xania in The Pink Panther, the 2006 film starring Steve Martin. Beyoncé played Foxxy Cleopatra in the third Austin Powers movie. Shasha Fierce is Beyoncé's on-stage alter ego.

Roberto Remigio Benigni, co-wrote, directed and acted in the 1997 film, Life Is Beautiful. What you may not know is he starred in one of the Pink Panther films. Which one?

Roberto Remigio Benigni, portrayed Inspector Clouseau's son in Son of the Pink Panther. The film was not a commercial success.

Besides starring in the opening and closing credits, where else could you see the animated Pink Panther?

The Pink Panther character, designed by Hawley Pratt and Friz Freleng, was so popular it had its own series of animated cartoons on Saturday mornings. The Pink Panther did endorse products on TV, most notably for Owens Corning Fiberglas insulation but not pink paint.

Even the Pink Panther animated cartoons have a history, how did the animated series come about?

It began when the title sequence was adapted into a series of theatrical animated shorts. More shorts were produced for both theatre and TV release with the shorts produced for TV airing on the cartoon, The Pink Panther Show.

What did the first Pink Panther short film win in 1964?

The first Pink Panther short won the 1964 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.

Did you ever wonder who voiced Inspector Clouseau in the animated Pink Panther cartoon? It is one of these actors, but which one?

The voice of Inspector Clouseau was Brian George, well known for portraying the Pakistani restaurateur Babu Bhatt on Seinfeld and the father of Raj Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory. Dan Castellaneta is the voice of Muck Luck and Voodoo Man in the Pink Panther cartoon, as well as the voice of Homer Simpson and Crusty the Clown. George Clooney and Dan Aykroyd were not involved in the animated cartoon.

Who voiced The Little Man, the main antagonist in the cartoon who always has a plan to get rid of the teenaged Panther in an antagonistic manner?

The voice of the Little Man was Wallace Shawn. Wallace Shawn is known for his role in The Princess Bride, My Dinner with Andre and the voice of Rex the Dinousaur in Toy Story among other credits. The comedian, Joe Piscopo, voiced The Dogfather. Mat Damen and John Belushi were not involved in the animated cartoon.

There was another film in the Pink Panther series when Sellers unexpectedly passed away. What was the name of that film?

Romance of the Pink Panther was to be the next film in the Pink Panther series. However, the unexpected death of Peter Sellers in July 1980 led to the project's eventual abandonment.

Besides starring as Inspector Clouseau, what other role did Peter Sellers in Romance of the Pink Panther?

Peter Seller was a co-writer. Romance of the Pink Panther written by Peter Sellers and Jim Moloney from Moloney's original story treatment, was originally scheduled to have begun filming in September or October 1980, for a summer release in 1981.

Although shooting was eventually abandoned, it was first delayed, why?

Shooting of Romance of the Pink Panther was delayed until early 1981 as Sellers was expected to first undergo open heart surgery.

Trial of the Pink Panther was produced after Peter Sellers’ death. How was that accomplished?

Trial of the Pink Panther edited unused material from Pink Panther Strikes Again as well as scenes from previously released Pink Panther films. Also a stand in was used to complete the scene if needed. Although the film was intended as a tribute to Sellers, after its release Sellers' widow Lynne Frederick successfully sued Edwards and the studio for tarnishing her late husband's memory.

In the theatres, how did Trial of the Pink Panther do?

Trial of the Pink Panther was a critical and commercial failure.

The Pink Panther may not be out of our lives, except in re-runs, in March 31, 2014, what did Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announce?

In March 31, 2014, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced that they will develop a new live-action and CG hybrid Pink Panther film. This film will not focus on Inspector Clouseau but will focus instead on The Pink Panther.

This live-action and CG hybrid film is set to be directed by a well-known animated film director. Who is that person?

This live-action and CG hybrid film is set to be directed by David Silverman, an American animator best known for directing numerous episodes of The Simpsons, as well as The Simpsons Movie.

The producers slated for this live-action and CG hybrid film are also well known, who are they?

The producers slated for this live-action and CG hybrid film are Walter Mirisch and Julie Andrews. Walter Mirish is the executive producer of the original “Pink Panther” films and television series. And Julie Andrews is wife of the late Pink Panther director, Blake Edwards, as well as an Academy Award-winning actress. As of March 2015, the film is still in development.

The final burning question is how can you get more Pink Panther in your life?

All of the above. From Inspector Clouseau to the cartoon Pink Panther, with just a few clicks, you can have all the memorabilia you could ever want.

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