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The Pique Poquette of Paris (1966)

Approved | | Animation, Short | 25 August 1966 (USA)
Inspector Clouseau and his sidekick, Sergeant Deux-Deux, are assigned to apprehend a four-armed pick-pocket named Spider Pierre, who promptly picks the pocket of Clouseau. Clouseau and ... See full summary »

Director:

George Singer

Writer:

John W. Dunn (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Inspector / Sergeant Deux-Deux (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Frees ... Spider Pierre (voice)
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ... Woman (voice)
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Storyline

Inspector Clouseau and his sidekick, Sergeant Deux-Deux, are assigned to apprehend a four-armed pick-pocket named Spider Pierre, who promptly picks the pocket of Clouseau. Clouseau and Deux-Deux chase Spider Pierre all over Paris, before Deux-Deux subdues Spider Pierre by using bug spray! Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Animation | Short

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1966 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Mono

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Color
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Goofs

The inspector ends up in jail over Deux-Deux's child's play money, but he never officially spent any of it. It was all taken by Spider Pierre. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Deux-Deux: [Jumps out and faces Spider Pierre directly] Okay, Senor Spider, you better give it up, or I'm going to let you have it!
Spider Pierre: [Breaking the fourth wall, pointing at Deux-Deux] HE is going to let ME have it?
[Starts laughing hysterically, then get blasted in the face by DDT and is subdued]
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Followed by Cherche le phantom (1968) See more »

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The Inspector and the pickpocket
2 June 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Anybody who likes the Pink Panther cartoons are very likely to get a kick of the Inspector series. Count me as somebody who does like Pink Panther cartoons, if more the 60s efforts and found myself liking The Inspector cartoons just as much as the 60s Pink Panther cartoons as a child. Like them even more through adult eyes with the humour being funnier and getting more out of the villains.

There are far better cartoons though than 'The Pique Poquette of Paris'. It is a more than watchable and actually just above average cartoon with enough of the usual strengths, but there are far funnier and more imaginative The Inspector cartoons in the series. Put it around low middle perhaps when ranking the series' cartoons, as far as the previous ones go it is better than 'Napoleon Blown-Aparte' (the only one to be worse). Some of the faults of that cartoon are here but the villain is better.

Best asset is the animation. Fairly simple in terms of drawing but never ugly, while the somewhat abstract backgrounds have nice attention to detail, more so than the Pink Panther cartoons (not a knock at all on the animation of that series), and don't look sparse. But it is the deep and rich colours that stand out in this regard. Liked the jauntiness and jazzy slinkiness of the music, which didn't sound too cheap or repetitive.

Continue to love the chemistry between The Inspector and Deux Deux, two great and beautifully contrasted characters with the former being more bumbling and the latter being quieter. There are amusing and charming moments and Pat Harrington Jr as always does a great job with the voice work. Spider Pierre is a very entertaining and wonderfully bizarre villain, and Paul Frees has fun.

Sad though that the story for 'The Pique Poquette of Paris' is very predictable and tired, and could have done with more energy as the cartoon does flag. Those and most of the writing bring the cartoon down significantly.

Would have liked sharper physical comedy and wittier verbal humour (the irony doesn't come out enough and the word play is not as inspired), which is what makes the best The Inspector cartoons work, did think that there were nowhere near enough laughs here. Or at least ones that are truly funny or memorable.

Overall, an above average The Inspector cartoon but a bit lacking. 6/10


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