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When The Pink Panther Show first aired in 1969, it consisted of one cartoon featuring The Inspector, sandwiched by two Pink Panther entries. The 30-minute show was then connected via bumper sequences featuring both the panther and Inspector together, as well announcer Marvin Miller acting as an off-camera narrator talking to the panther. Bumper sequences consisted of newly animated segments as well as recycled footage from existing cartoons (Reel Pink, Pink Outs, Pink Posies, Super Pink) with new incidental music and voice-over work from Miller.
Pink Panther shorts made after 1969 when The Pink Panther Show began airing were produced for both broadcast and film release, typically appearing on television first, and released to theatres by United Artists. A number of new series were created, including the very popular The Ant and the Aardvark, Tijuana Toads (a.k.a. Texas Toads), Hoot Kloot, Misterjaw, Roland and Rattfink, The Dogfather (a Godfather pastiche with a canine Corleone family), and two Tijuana Toads spinoffs: The Blue Racer and Crazylegs Crane. The New Pink Panther Show and later shows featured newly animated segments involving the Panther, the Ant and the Aardvark and the Tijuana/Texas Toads.
In 1976, the half-hour series was revamped into a 90-minute format, as The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show; this version included a live-action segment, where comedian Lenny Schultz would read letters and jokes from viewers. This version did not do well, and eventually reverted to the original 30-minute version in 1972.
In 1978, after nine years on NBC, the Pink Panther moved to ABC and was retitled The All-New Pink Panther Show, where it lasted one season before leaving the network realm entirely. The ABC version of the series featured sixteen episodes with 32 new Pink Panther cartoons, and 16 featuring Crazylegs Crane: no bumpers were produced for The All-New Pink Panther Show, but instead were short "Stay tuned..." snippets telling what episode of Pink Panther and/or Crazylegs Crane was to follow on the show. The 32 new Pink Panther cartoons were eventually released to theatres by United Artists.