My girlfriend and I rented The Pink Panther Returns a few weeks ago–admittedly, we should have started with the original, but this was the only one on the shelf.
Last night, we watched the original Pink Panther. Not bad, but we couldn’t understand why the plots of the two films were inconsistent. In the original, Sir Charles is vindicated of the accusation of being the Phantom, and Clouseau is implicated and hauled off to prision instead. In Returns, the film starts with Clouseau recognized as the man who beat Sir Charles (a much younger man who, incidentally, has suddenly turned into Christopher Plummer), clearly known to have been the Phantom. Also, Clouseau clearly doesn’t recognize his ex-wife in Returns, unless I have my facts wrong and they’re blatantly two different ladies.
So what’s the catch? Is there a film set in-between that we missed, or did the writers just decide to ignore the original film’s plot?