History WesternAnimation / FelixTheCat

15th Jul '17 11:30:07 PM NWolfman
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* ThinkingTic: In many of the Silent cartoons and at least a few times in several of the other continuities, Felix will perform his famous [[PuttingOnMyThinkingCap "Thinking Walk"]], where he paces around, leaning forward with his arms behind his back while he thinks about what to do next.

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* ThinkingTic: In many of the Silent cartoons and at least a few times in several of the other continuities, Felix will perform his Felix's famous [[PuttingOnMyThinkingCap "Thinking Walk"]], where he paces around, leaning forward with his arms behind his back while he thinks about what to do next.next. It's considered to be the first example of an animated character being shown to have thoughts and emotions rather than just existing for gags, and has appeared in virtually every incarnation of the character.



* WhiteGloves: Averted. Felix is notable for this and demonstrates why this is a problem.

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* WhiteGloves: Averted. Felix is notable for this and demonstrates the numerous times his hands disappear against his body demonstrate why this is a problem.
14th Jun '17 7:28:55 AM Prinzenick
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* VagueAge: Like many famous cartoon 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.

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* VagueAge: Like many famous cartoon 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.business.
* VocalDissonance: Felix has gone through numerous voice actors, and [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent there is little if any attempt at all to keep the voices truly consistent with each other,]] most egregiously with the Twisted Tales Felix, who went through two completely different sounding actors across seasons.
11th Jun '17 8:46:34 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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One of the [[LongRunners longest lasting]] animated cartoon characters, ''Felix the Cat'', created by animator Creator/OttoMessmer, made his [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1919]] theatrical debut as one of several cartoon components in ''Paramount Screen Magazine'' split-reels, then graduated to a [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatClassic standalone series]] in 1922. He was the star of an experimental TV broadcast in 1928, and the basis for a classic (but unauthorized!) wall-clock design. Felix's adorable appearance, witty personality, love of high living, and comically versatile tail helped him achieve a level of popularity that he maintained until 1929, when MickeyMouse's [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation sound cartoons]] started to grow in popularity and studio founder/CEO Pat Sullivan refused to produce sound films, not helped by his descent into heavy alcoholism due to his wife's apparent suicide, and his subsequent death.

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One of the [[LongRunners longest lasting]] animated cartoon characters, ''Felix the Cat'', created by animator Creator/OttoMessmer, made his [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1919]] theatrical debut as one of several cartoon components in ''Paramount Screen Magazine'' split-reels, then graduated [[BreakoutCharacter graduated]] to a [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatClassic standalone series]] in 1922. He was the star of an experimental TV broadcast in 1928, and the basis for a classic (but unauthorized!) wall-clock design. Felix's adorable appearance, witty personality, love of high living, and comically versatile tail helped him achieve a level of popularity that he maintained until 1929, when MickeyMouse's [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation sound cartoons]] started to grow in popularity and studio founder/CEO Pat Sullivan refused to produce sound films, not helped by his descent into heavy alcoholism due to his wife's apparent suicide, and his subsequent death.
31st May '17 8:17:01 AM Prinzenick
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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 (although the classic theme song is still used), and portrays Felix the Cat in live action costume.

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** And then you have the oddity that is ''Felix ''[[Series/FelixTheCatLive Felix the Cat Live!'', Live!]]'', a very obscure live-action TV show which has almost no ties to ''any'' of the previous continuities (although the classic theme song is still used), and portrays Felix the Cat in live action costume.
25th May '17 5:23:35 PM Prinzenick
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* How to Draw Felix the Cat and His Friends (1992): A oneshot shot that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin tells you how to draw Felix and co.]] Also doubles as a tie-in to the NES video game.

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* How to Draw Felix the Cat and His Friends (1992): A oneshot shot that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin tells you how to draw Felix and co.]] Also doubles as a ]]
* Felix The Cat Video Wizard (1992): A
tie-in comic book to the Hudson Soft's NES video game.
25th May '17 5:12:59 PM Prinzenick
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* Felix The Cat (Harvey Classics): A 7 issue series that also reprinted classic Felix the Cat comic books.
25th May '17 10:56:59 AM Prinzenick
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* Felix the Cat in Black and White: An 8 issue series, reprinting original Felix stories in a cheaper B&W format.

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* Felix the Cat in Black and White: An 8 issue series, reprinting original publishing new Felix comic stories in a cheaper B&W format.
24th May '17 10:20:41 PM Prinzenick
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** The Joe Oriolo cartoons and its spinoffs [[AvertedTrope avoid using this]] due to their [[LowBudget shoestring budgeted animation.]]

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** The Joe Oriolo cartoons and its spinoffs [[AvertedTrope avoid using this]] due to their [[LowBudget [[NoBudget shoestring budgeted animation.]]
24th May '17 10:20:05 PM Prinzenick
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* DisneySchoolOfActingAndMime:
** Felix the Cat is one of the earliest examples of using this in animation, and it's justified, since almost all of the original B&W films were silent cartoons. Creator/OttoMessmer had studied actor Creator/CharlieChaplin extensively (even working on a cartoon series based on him prior to creating Felix) and realized how important it was to get this kind of expressive acting into drawings. While the cartoons do employ speech balloons for the characters to talk, a lot of the personality is conveyed through the broad, hammy poses and animation.
** The Joe Oriolo cartoons and its spinoffs [[AvertedTrope avoid using this]] due to their [[LowBudget shoestring budgeted animation.]]
24th May '17 10:14:03 PM Prinzenick
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* ComicBookAdaptation: Felix has starred in decades worth of newspaper comics and comic books, which are based on either the classic era Felix (pre-1959) or the Joe Oriolo era Felix. The newspaper comics made prior to 1929 even reused artwork directly from the silent cartoons and lifted stories wholesale from them as a result.



* SlidingScaleOfVisualsVersusDialogue: The series zigzags between both ends of the scale. The silent and golden age cartoons are heavily dependent on visuals (especially the Silent cartoons by necessity, which only had sporadic dialogue in the form of speech balloons). The Joe Oriolo cartoons are heavily dependent on dialogue, since they used LimitedAnimation. Twisted Tales went back in forth between using both approaches.

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* SlidingScaleOfVisualsVersusDialogue: The series zigzags between both ends of the scale. The silent and golden age cartoons are heavily dependent on visuals (especially the Silent cartoons by necessity, which only had sporadic dialogue in the form of speech balloons). The Joe Oriolo cartoons are heavily dependent on dialogue, since they used LimitedAnimation. Twisted Tales went back in and forth between using both approaches.
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