Pink Panther character jug produced in China by Vandor of Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1999. The Pink Panther is a fictional animated character who appears in the opening and/or closing credit sequences of every film in The Pink Panther series. In the storyline of the original film, the "Pink Panther" is the name of a valuable pink diamond named for a flaw that shows a "figure of a springing panther" when held up to the light in a certain way; in the credits this was translated to an animated pink panther. The character's popularity spawned a spin-off franchise of theatrical shorts, television cartoons and merchandise. The character is closely associated with "The Pink Panther Theme" composed by Henry Mancini.