The Pink Panther character started life in the front and end credits of the legendary detective series of the same name. The Character made his first appearance in 1963 and its popularity spawned TV series, specials, comics and merchandise and remains an icon of the era.
Animation historian Jerry Beck has called the Pink Panther "the last great Hollywood cartoon character", noting that "Classic animation pretty much died in the '60s, everyone had kind of bailed out. But his creators didn't rest on their laurels. They didn't make the cartoons to look like Warner Bros. cartoons, or Disney cartoons, or the UPA look of Mister Magoo and Gerald McBoing-Boing. They came up with their own clever new style.