History WesternAnimation / FelixTheCat

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* RoguesGallery: The silent cartoons rarely had any real villains at all, and certainly no recurring ones, but starting with the Joe Oriolo cartoons, the series started building up a modest group of villains to challenge Felix. The Professor, Rock Bottom and Master Cylinder, all hailing from the Oriolo cartoons, are considered the main antagonists of the franchise, accompanied by a few oneshot villains like King Gulpo and The Duke of Zill. ''Twisted Tales'' added a few new villains, such as Peking Duck, The Sludge King, Jeepers Creepers and Oscar.
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** The ''Twisted Tales of Felix'' series, which [[CanonWelding attempts to be an amalgam of the Silent and Oriolo eras of the series,]] being a retro cartoon throwback to the original Felix cartoons, as well as cartoons of the 1930s, such as those by Creator/FleischerStudios.

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** The ''Twisted Tales of Felix'' series, which [[CanonWelding attempts to be an amalgam of the Silent and Oriolo eras of the series,]] being a retro cartoon throwback to the original Felix cartoons, as well as cartoons of the 1930s, such as those by Creator/FleischerStudios. The Felix of this series is [[MediumAwareness fully aware that he's a cartoon character.]]


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* MediumAwareness: The Silent era Felix is implied to be aware he's in a cartoon, considering he can manipulate the symbols and words he thinks up to his advantage, such as in "Felix Saves The Day", where he climbs up four question marks he created to reach a jail cell. ''Twisted Tales'' makes it absolutely clear that Felix knows he's a cartoon character--"The Underwater Kingdom" even has him remembering one of his past cartoon adventures, specifically the Van Beuren era short "Neptune Nonsense".
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* Big Top's Cartoon Toolbox, starring Felix the Cat: A cartoon maker starring the Trans-Lux era characters, released exclusively for Macintosh Performa computers.

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* Big Top's Cartoon Toolbox, starring Felix the Cat: Cat (1994): A cartoon maker starring the Trans-Lux era characters, released exclusively for Macintosh Performa computers.
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* Baby Felix and Friends (2000-01): A SpinoffBabies series made for a release in Japan, lasting 65 five minute episodes.

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* Baby Felix and Friends (2000-01): A SpinoffBabies series made Anime series, animated by the now-defunct Creator/{{Radix}} for a release in Japan, lasting 65 five minute episodes.
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* {[Leitmotif}}: An instrumental of the Felix the Cat theme pops up in the cartoons as one for Felix.

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* {[Leitmotif}}: {{Leitmotif}}: An instrumental of the Felix the Cat theme pops up in the cartoons as one for Felix.



* LoyalPhlebotinum: The Magic Bag of Tricks works for Felix, and ''only'' Felix. The handful of times Professor manages to get his hands on it, the bag will violently resist every attempt he makes to use it. Felix can even whistle for it to come back to his side--in "Felix Out West", it even morphs into a rabbit and hops back to Felix, licking him on the face like a dog before it turns back to normal.

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* LoyalPhlebotinum: The Magic Bag of Tricks is implied to be sentient, and most of the time, it works for Felix, Felix and ''only'' Felix. The handful of times Professor manages to get his hands on it, the bag will violently resist every attempt he makes to use it. Felix can even whistle for it to come back to his side--in "Felix Out West", it even morphs into a rabbit and hops back to Felix, licking him on the face like a dog before it turns back to normal. With that said, Poindexter did figure out how to use the Bag in "Martin the Martian Meets Felix the Cat", but that was only so he turn it into a portal to Mars so he could meet Martin, so it's not that Professor is outright incapable of using it so much as the bag knows he's a bad guy and won't allow him to exploit its powers.
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* FunnyAnimal: Felix is this in virtually all incarnations of the show, save in his earliest appearances and ''Betty Boop & Felix'', where he was portrayed as a normal housecat.

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* FunnyAnimal: Felix is this in virtually all incarnations of the show, series, save in his earliest appearances and ''Betty Boop & Felix'', where he was portrayed as a normal housecat.
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* MinimalistCast: In the Silent and Joe Oriolo cartoons, the cast is basically reduced to Felix himself and a couple other characters at best, with the odd recurring extra. Felix is the only major character in the bulk of the Silent cartoons, as Otto Messmer felt it was important for the series to have his personality be the center of attention and not get overwhelmed by a cast of extras. Even the handful of recurring characters present, like Kitty Kat and Felix's nephews Inky and Dinky, were only sparsely used in the original cartoons. And the Joe Oriolo cartoons only have Professor, Poindexter, Rock Bottom and Master Cylinder as major recurring players. There's the odd side-character that pops up now and again, such as Vavoom and Martin the Martian, but their appearances are infrequent at best.

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* MinimalistCast: In the Silent and Joe Oriolo cartoons, the cast is basically reduced to Felix himself and a couple other characters at best, with the odd recurring extra. Felix is the only major character in the bulk of the Silent cartoons, as Otto Messmer felt it was important for the series to have his personality be the center of attention and not get overwhelmed by a cast of extras. Even the handful of recurring characters present, like Kitty Kat and Felix's nephews Inky and Dinky, were only sparsely used in the original cartoons. And the Joe Oriolo cartoons only have Professor, Poindexter, Rock Bottom and Master Cylinder as major recurring players. There's the odd side-character that pops up now and again, such as Vavoom and Martin the Martian, but their appearances are infrequent at best. The Van Beuren shorts had Felix alone as a major player, with a rotating cast of new side characters around him. Averted with ''Twisted Tales of Felix'', as that series has a much larger cast of major and supporting characters.
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* {{Minimalism}}: Both the silent cartoons and the Joe Oriolo cartoons have ''very'' simplistic cartoon artwork. The original cartoons in particular usually have backgrounds with almost no detail at all except for a few basic shapes.
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** And then you have the oddity that is ''Felix the Cat Live!'', a very obscure live-action TV show which has no ties to ''any'' of the previous continuities, and portrays Felix the Cat in live action costume.

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** And then you have the oddity that is ''Felix the Cat Live!'', a very obscure live-action TV show which has almost no ties to ''any'' of the previous continuities, continuities (although the classic theme song is still used), and portrays Felix the Cat in live action costume.



* BreakoutCharacter: Felix was originally concieved as a oneshot character for the film ''Feline Follies'', which was made solely because another animator was tardy with his work for the Paramount Screen Magazine, and Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer agreed to fill in with a cartoon of their own. Felix's debut was so well liked by audiences that it immediately took off as a hit, graduated to his own standalone series and became one of the most iconic and influential cartoon characters of all time.
* CaptainErsatz: Felix probably has [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cartoon-culture/swing-you-sinners.html the most ersatzes of any fictional character]], including WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid, WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit and [[WesternAnimation/LadyPlayYourMandolin Foxy]]. Ironically, one of them (i.e. WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse) would totally dethrone Felix in popularity.

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* BreakoutCharacter: Felix was originally concieved conceived as a oneshot character for the film ''Feline Follies'', which was made solely because another animator was tardy with his work for the Paramount Screen Magazine, and Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer agreed to fill in with a cartoon of their own. Felix's debut was so well liked by audiences that it immediately took off as a hit, graduated to his own standalone series and became one of the most iconic and influential cartoon characters of all time.
* CaptainErsatz: Felix probably has [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cartoon-culture/swing-you-sinners.html the most ersatzes of any fictional character]], including WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid, WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit and [[WesternAnimation/LadyPlayYourMandolin Foxy]]. Ironically, one of them (i.e. WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse) would totally dethrone Felix in popularity. Ironically, Felix himself was heavily based on Charlie Chaplin.



* CatStereotype: The "black cats are bad luck" stereotype is subverted with Felix. Indeed, his very name (Latin for "luck") alludes to it.

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* CatStereotype: The "black cats are bring bad luck" stereotype is subverted with Felix. Indeed, his very name (Latin for "luck") alludes to it.



* EraSpecificPersonality: Felix's personality is all over the place throughout the franchise. You have the [[AntiHero rascally silent]] [[MrViceGuy era Felix]], the kiddy Van Beuren Felix, the [[FunPersonified jovial]] and [[NiceGuy genial]] Joe Oriolo Felix, the teenager like ''Twisted Tales'' Felix, etc.
* FantasyKitchenSink: In nearly all incarnations of the series, Felix's world has talking animals and humans living alongside each other, fantasy characters like King Neptune and Old King Cole appearing, surreal or sometimes supernatural phenomenon like ghosts, fairies and evil witches appearing, and Felix sometimes using a Magic Carpet as a transport. The Oriolo era keeps the fairy tale and fantasy elements, but also introduces science fiction elements like a mad scientist who wants Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks, a BrainInAJar robot who lives on the moon, and the occasional encounter with friendly aliens.

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* EraSpecificPersonality: Felix's personality is all over the place throughout the franchise. You have the [[AntiHero rascally silent]] [[MrViceGuy era Felix]], the meek, kiddy Van Beuren Felix, the [[FunPersonified jovial]] and [[NiceGuy genial]] Joe Oriolo Felix, the teenager like ''Twisted Tales'' Felix, etc.
* FantasyKitchenSink: In nearly all incarnations of the series, Felix's world has talking animals and humans living alongside each other, other in contemporary settings, with fantasy characters like King Neptune and Old King Cole appearing, surreal or sometimes supernatural phenomenon like ghosts, fairies and evil witches appearing, and Felix sometimes using a Magic Carpet as a transport. The Oriolo era keeps the fairy tale and fantasy elements, but also introduces science fiction elements like a mad scientist who wants Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks, a BrainInAJar robot who lives on the moon, and the occasional encounter with friendly aliens.aliens like Martin Martian.



* {{Irony}}: He's a black cat who helps anyone he can, an utter defiance of the stereotype of black cats bringing bad luck.
* NegativeContinuity: Nearly all of the Felix cartoons and comics have no continuity at all--for starters, Felix committed suicide in his first film, but is back no worse for wear in future films. The Oriolo era is the sole exception, varying between having some [[BroadStrokes very light continuity going on in them]] to having no continuity at all, due to some of its episodes having story elements that completely contradict each other. ''Twisted Tales'' has the occasional continuity nod here and there, but it mostly falls back on negative continuity as well.

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* {{Irony}}: He's a black cat who helps anyone he can, an utter defiance of the stereotype of black cats bringing bad luck. \n Granted, Felix doesn't always have the best luck himself (especially in the silent films), but it's the thought that counts.
* LongRunner: Felix has been around since 1919, making him the oldest surviving animated cartoon star, and he's done a lot to earn that reputation; are talking about a character who has starred in over 200 theatrical cartoons (most of which have not survived), well over 200 episodes during the Trans Lux era, two modern TV revivals (with a third one seemingly in the works), a feature length movie and a direct-to-video film, decades worth of newspaper and magazine comics, an absolutely ''monstrous'' amount of merchandise, [[http://www.filmsaroundtheworld.com/Felix_the_Cat__Live_.html and a live action kids' series]] to top it all off.
* MinimalistCast: In the Silent and Joe Oriolo cartoons, the cast is basically reduced to Felix himself and a couple other characters at best, with the odd recurring extra. Felix is the only major character in the bulk of the Silent cartoons, as Otto Messmer felt it was important for the series to have his personality be the center of attention and not get overwhelmed by a cast of extras. Even the handful of recurring characters present, like Kitty Kat and Felix's nephews Inky and Dinky, were only sparsely used in the original cartoons. And the Joe Oriolo cartoons only have Professor, Poindexter, Rock Bottom and Master Cylinder as major recurring players. There's the odd side-character that pops up now and again, such as Vavoom and Martin the Martian, but their appearances are infrequent at best.
* NegativeContinuity: Nearly all of the Felix cartoons and comics have no continuity at all--for starters, Felix committed suicide in his first film, ''first film'', [[DeathIsCheap but is back no worse for wear in future films.films]]. The Oriolo era is the sole exception, varying between having some [[BroadStrokes very light continuity going on in them]] to having no continuity at all, due to some of its episodes having story elements that completely contradict each other. ''Twisted Tales'' has the occasional continuity nod here and there, but it mostly falls back on negative continuity as well.



* SuddenlyVoiced: In the three Van Beuren shorts and the Tras-Lux TV cartoons.

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* SuddenlyVoiced: In the later B&W cartoons when they briefly upgraded to sound, he is technically given a voice, but it's [[TheUnintelligible a very unintelligible one]]. The three Van Beuren shorts and the Tras-Lux TV cartoons.cartoons give him more consistent voice work, especially in the latter.



* VagueAge: Like many famous cartoon chracters, Felix's age is never made clear in any of the cartoons. This is most notable in the Joe Oriolo television series, where he is shown to be living by himself and is trusted by the Professor to look after his nephew Poindexter, but is occasionally referred to as a kid. The Van Beuren shorts consistently portrayed him as being kid like in personality, but apparently old enough to own his own house and run his own business.
* WalkingTheEarth: Felix is a nomad most of the time, frequently travelling all around the Earth, and he doesn't have a consistent place of residence in any of the series.

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* UniversalAdaptorCast: Felix can show up in any place or time, past or present, depending on what the stories demand. Otto Messmer cited this as a major aspect of why the series was so popular.
-->'''Otto Messmer''': "...he could be an alley cat one time, save the day for the losing Yankee Baseball Club the next, and then be the pet of a rich princess. He would go to Arabia, to Mars - not just the barnyard. That's what made him famous."
* VagueAge: Like many famous cartoon chracters, characters, Felix's age is never made clear in any of the cartoons. This is most notable in the Joe Oriolo television series, where he is shown to be living by himself and is trusted by the Professor to look after his nephew Poindexter, but is occasionally referred to as a kid. The Van Beuren shorts consistently portrayed him as being kid like in personality, but apparently old enough to own his own house and run his own business.
* WalkingTheEarth: Felix is a nomad most of the time, frequently travelling traveling all around the Earth, and he doesn't have a consistent place of residence in any of the series.



** For a more specific example, "Bold King Cole" has an impressively animated staircase sequence that moves in perspective.

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** For a more specific example, "Bold King Cole" Cole", the third and last of the Van Beuren shorts, has an impressively animated staircase sequence scene that moves in perspective.



* CatsHaveNineLines: In “Felix Doubles for Darwin”, Felix is pacing around hungrily in the opening, and remarks “I'd give eight of my lives for a square meal!”

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* CatsHaveNineLines: CatsHaveNineLives: In “Felix Doubles for Darwin”, Felix is pacing around hungrily in the opening, and remarks “I'd give eight of my lives for a square meal!”



* DisneyAcidSequence: The nightmarish climax of "Felix Dines and Pines", where Felix eats a shoe and gets a nightmare from it, including being chased by a monster, encountering Santa Claus (who turns ''into'' a monster), running down a spiral tunnel, and then getting chased by a giant chicken that turns into an old man, a mouse, a bandito, a giant boot, and then a fish as the ground turns into an ocean!

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* DisneyAcidSequence: The nightmarish climax of "Felix Dines and Pines", where Felix eats way too much stuff, topping it off with a shoe and gets a stomachache induced nightmare from it, including being chased by a monster, encountering Santa Claus (who turns ''into'' a monster), running down a spiral tunnel, and then getting chased by a giant chicken that turns into an old man, a mouse, a bandito, a giant boot, and then a fish as the ground turns into an ocean!



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Feline Follies'' is so different from the rest of the series, that one would be surprised to believe its the debut of Felix, who is a relatively normal housecat named Master Tom in the cartoon. Also, there was no Magic Bag of Tricks (which would be introduced decades later in the Trans-Lux TV series) and no other major or recurring characters aside from Felix himself and the occasionally appearance of his girlfriend Kitty Kat in the silent cartoons.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Feline Follies'' is so different from the rest of the series, that one would be surprised to believe its the debut of Felix, who is a relatively normal housecat named Master Tom in the cartoon. Also, there was no Magic Bag of Tricks (which would be introduced decades 40 years later in the Trans-Lux TV series) and no other major or recurring characters aside from Felix himself and the occasionally appearance of his girlfriend Kitty Kat in the silent cartoons.Kat.



* FatGirl: Felix helps one lose weight in "Felix Wins Out".

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* FatGirl: Felix helps one lose weight in "Felix Wins Out".Out", and he tries to rescue one in "Felix Lends a Hand".



* LongRunner: Felix has been around since 1919, making him the oldest surviving animated cartoon star, and he's done a lot to earn that reputation; are talking about a character who has starred in over 200 theatrical cartoons (most of which have not survived), well over 200 episodes during the Trans Lux era, two modern TV revivals (with a third one seemingly in the works), a feature length movie and a direct-to-video film, decades worth of newspaper and magazine comics, an absolutely ''monstrous'' amount of merchandise, [[http://www.filmsaroundtheworld.com/Felix_the_Cat__Live_.html and a live action kids' series]] to top it all off.



* MinimalistCast: In the silent cartoons, Felix is the only major character in the bulk of them, as Otto Messmer felt it was important for the series to have his personality be the center of attention and not get overwhelmed by a cast of extras. Even the handful of recurring characters present, like Kitty Kat and Felix's nephews Inky and Dinky, were only sparsely used in the original cartoons.



* UniversalAdaptorCast: In these cartoons, Felix can show up in any place or time, past or present, depending on what the stories demand. Otto Messmer cited this as a major aspect of why the series was so popular.
-->'''Otto Messmer''': "...he could be an alley cat one time, save the day for the losing Yankee Baseball Club the next, and then be the pet of a rich princess. He would go to Arabia, to Mars - not just the barnyard. That's what made him famous."
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