The Pink Panther Comes To Cartoon Network Fall 2009
Reported by Jay Cochran - 2008.10.11
Turner Broadcasting and MGM Worldwide Television (MGM), announced today that they are producing a new 26 episode half-hour animated series for MGM's much-loved Pink Panther franchise to air on Cartoon Network channels worldwide in Fall 2009.
The show is being produced jointly by MGM and Rubicon, Jordan's pioneering animation, edutainment and multimedia company. Production of the series is currently taking place in both Los Angeles and Amman, Jordan.
"The Pink Panther character is iconic and instantly recognized around the globe," said Gary Marenzi, Co-President, MGM Worldwide Television. "In addition to Cartoon Network's interest in the series, international buyers have been especially eager for us to produce another Pink Panther series and we are happy to partner with Rubicon on meeting the worldwide demand with this new series."
"Pink Panther & Pals" is a 26 episode animated TV series featuring the Pink Panther as a rambunctious teenager who, along with his friends, gets into all sorts of mischievous capers and hilarious escapades.
"The character is drawn a little younger to depict the Pink Panther as a teenager, although he will be instantly recognizable with his signature walk and devil-may-care attitude," said David Corbett, Executive Producer.
Favorite characters from the original series such as Ant and Aardvark and new characters Hoarse and Dog join the Pink Panther in his daily adventures. In every episode the Pink Panther will interact with his pompous and problematic arch-nemesis Big Nose -- who always tries to spoil the party and stop the Pink Panther from doing what he does best -- having fun.
The musical score and comedy themes will be reprised from the original Pink Panther theatrical shorts and TV series and will be familiar and recognizable to legions of Pink Panther fans the world over.
MGM plans to support the new "Pink Panther & Pals" show with a dedicated licensing and merchandising initiative targeting licensed apparel, stationery and back to school toys, publishing and interactive games. The retail launch of licensed merchandise is targeted for late 2009.