Nearly a decade after the short-lived, Hanna-Barbera produced Pink Panther & Sons, MGM decided to bring the Panther out of hibernation in an all-new series, with one huge change.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Panther actually talked, and for the first time, seemingly ever, the "Little Man", the Panther's long time foil, was also given voice. Actor Matt Frewer (ex-Max Headroom) voiced the Panther, while comic Wallace Shawn spoke for the "Little Man". In addition, other DePatie-Freleng characters freely interacted with the Panther for the first time, including The Ant & The Aardvark (both voiced by John Byner), the Dogfather (Joe Piscopo, ex-Saturday Night Live), and the Tijuana (nee Texas) Toads. The cast also included comedy vets Ruth Buzzi and Charles Nelson Reilly.
Sorry to say, I never really got to see the show during its initial 3 year run (1993-6), due to work and the fact that it didn't last the whole three years in my market, if at all, as memory serves. However, here's an example of what ended up being the last TV incarnation of the Pink Panther. From season 3 (1995), here's "Calling Dr. Panther".
I think the idea was that the producers felt it was time the Panther started communicating with his audience, but old school fans prefer the silent version, the one they grew up with. For what it's worth, impressionist Rich Little, mimicking David Niven, voiced the Panther in a pair of 1965 theatrical shorts. I think This still has the rights to this series.
Rating: None. Can't fairly rate it.