History WesternAnimation / FelixTheCat

25th Mar '18 3:23:14 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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During the mid-1980s, Felix co-starred with fellow cartoon icon WesternAnimation/BettyBoop in a [[ComicStrip/BettyBoopAndFelix short-lived comic strip]] written and drawn by Mort Walker (better known as the creator of ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'') and his sons. Felix also starred with his friends and foes in cartoon creation software shipped with UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh Performa computers. In 1991, he got his big screen break in ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'', which was written and directed by Don Oriolo in an attempt to bring the series back into the limelight, but it was both a critical and box office flop, being sandwiched between a whopping three animated features (Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Amblin's ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', and Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle''), although VHS rentals and TV airings allowed the film to gain a minor cult following.

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During the mid-1980s, Felix co-starred with fellow cartoon icon WesternAnimation/BettyBoop in a [[ComicStrip/BettyBoopAndFelix short-lived comic strip]] written and drawn by Mort Walker (better known as the creator of ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'') and his sons. Felix also starred with his friends and foes in cartoon creation software shipped with UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh Performa computers. In 1991, he got his big screen break in ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'', which was ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'' (which had already received a limited premiere in 1988 and 1989 but gotten shuffled back to TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment for two years afterwards), written and directed by Don Oriolo in an attempt to bring the series back into the limelight, but it limelight. It was both a critical and box office flop, being sandwiched between a whopping three animated features (Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Amblin's ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', and Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle''), although but VHS rentals and TV airings allowed the film to gain a minor cult following.
22nd Mar '18 12:15:08 AM morane
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* ChaoticGood: Felix is certain to bring in mayhem wherever he goes, but he is kind-hearted, jovial and never intends harm.
7th Nov '17 12:48:38 AM bt8257
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* [[Creator/VanBeurenStudios Van Beuren Felix the Cat]] (1936): A very brief three short revival of the series, made by the Van Beuren cartoon studio and distributed by RKO as part of Van Beuren's ''Rainbow Parade'' cartoon series.

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* [[Creator/VanBeurenStudios Van Beuren Felix the Cat]] (1936): A very brief three short revival of the series, made by the Van Beuren cartoon studio and distributed by RKO as part of Van Beuren's ''Rainbow Parade'' cartoon series.
7th Nov '17 12:47:34 AM bt8257
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* Felix The Cat (Harvey Classics): A 7 issue series that also reprinted classic Felix the Cat comic books.

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* Felix The the Cat (Harvey Classics): A 7 issue series that also reprinted classic Felix the Cat comic books.



* The Comic Adventures of Felix The Cat (1983): A pocket sized reprint of vintage Felix newspaper comics.

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* The Comic Adventures of Felix The the Cat (1983): A pocket sized reprint of vintage Felix newspaper comics.



* Felix The Cat Video Wizard (1992): A tie-in comic book to Hudson Soft's NES video game.

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* Felix The the Cat Video Wizard (1992): A tie-in comic book to Hudson Soft's NES video game.



* Felix The Cat House of 1000 Ha Ha's! (2003)
* Felix The Cat: Buy This Comic! (2005)
* Felix The Cat Silly Stories (2005)
* Felix The Cat's Greatest Hits (2002): Reprint book published by Creator/DarkHorseComics.

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* Felix The the Cat House of 1000 Ha Ha's! (2003)
* Felix The the Cat: Buy This Comic! (2005)
* Felix The the Cat Silly Stories (2005)
* Felix The the Cat's Greatest Hits (2002): Reprint book published by Creator/DarkHorseComics.



* DisneyFication: The Van Beuren and Joe Oriolo era of the series gave this treatment to the franchise, throwing out the surreal and darker elements of the Silent era films in favor of more cutesy style cartoons and BlackAndWhiteMorality. In fact, the director of the three Van Beuren shorts, Burt Gillett, was a former animator and director at Disney. The Joe Oriolo Felix is even given a WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse-esque falsetto voice. Twisted Tales briefly tried to avert this by going into a more surreal, DenserAndWackier direction, but its failure in ratings and turbulent production (namely then-owner Don Oroilo's dislike of the first season and its utter lack of ties to his fathers take on Felix [[ExecutiveMeddling forcing his hand into its creative process in the second season]]) ultimately caused the franchise to relapse back to the softer Joe Oriolo incarnation of the character, both before and after Twisted Tales was cancelled.

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* DisneyFication: {{Disneyfication}}: The Van Beuren and Joe Oriolo era of the series gave this treatment to the franchise, throwing out the surreal and darker elements of the Silent era films in favor of more cutesy style cartoons and BlackAndWhiteMorality. In fact, the director of the three Van Beuren shorts, Burt Gillett, was a former animator and director at Disney. The Joe Oriolo Felix is even given a WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse-esque falsetto voice. Twisted Tales briefly tried to avert this by going into a more surreal, DenserAndWackier direction, but its failure in ratings and turbulent production (namely then-owner Don Oroilo's Oriolo's dislike of the first season and its utter lack of ties to his fathers father's take on Felix [[ExecutiveMeddling forcing his hand into its creative process in the second season]]) ultimately caused the franchise to relapse back to the softer Joe Oriolo incarnation of the character, both before and after Twisted Tales was cancelled.



** The Joe Oriolo cartoons and its spinoffs [[AvertedTrope avoid using this]] due to their [[NoBudget shoestring budgeted animation.]]

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** The Joe Oriolo cartoons and its spinoffs [[AvertedTrope avoid using this]] due to their [[NoBudget shoestring budgeted animation.animation budget.]]
7th Nov '17 12:44:20 AM bt8257
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Pat Sullivan, who ran the studio that made the Felix cartoons claimed during his lifetime to have invented Felix himself, but in truth he had virtually nothing to do with creating the character or actually drawing the cartoons or comics (according to Hal Walker, one of the original artists on the silent cartoons, he was barely ever present at his own studio). This conventional wisdom lasted until the 1960s, at which time the Sullivan estate's controlling interest in Felix was bought out. Due to no longer having to placate Sullivan's heirs, surviving staffers named longtime lead animator Otto Messmer as Felix's [[MyRealDaddy actual creator]]. Tellingly, later Felix collections and shows give Otto Messmer full credit for creating the character (along with Joe Oriolo as the series "Godfather" for reviving the character) and give only a grudging mention of Sullivan in passing, [[UnPerson not even listing him as a creator of Felix]] in the end credits of ''The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat''.

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Pat Sullivan, who ran the studio that made the Felix cartoons claimed during his lifetime to have invented Felix himself, but in truth he had virtually nothing to do with creating the character or actually drawing the cartoons or comics (according to Hal Walker, one of the original artists on the silent cartoons, he was barely ever present at his own studio). This conventional wisdom lasted until the 1960s, at which time the Sullivan estate's controlling interest in Felix was bought out. Due to no longer having to placate Sullivan's heirs, surviving staffers named longtime lead animator Otto Messmer as Felix's [[MyRealDaddy actual true creator]]. Tellingly, later Felix collections and shows give Otto Messmer full credit for creating the character (along with Joe Oriolo as the series "Godfather" for reviving the character) and give only a grudging mention of Sullivan in passing, [[UnPerson not even listing him as a creator of Felix]] in the end credits of ''The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat''.
7th Nov '17 12:43:08 AM bt8257
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* [[WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat Felix The Cat (TV Series)]] (1959-61): Joe Oriolo's made-for-TV revival of the series, distributed by Trans-Lux. It ran for around 120 episodes, and was syndicated in the 90's.

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* [[WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat Felix The the Cat (TV Series)]] (1959-61): Joe Oriolo's made-for-TV revival of the series, distributed by Trans-Lux. It ran for around 120 episodes, and was syndicated in the 90's.'90s.
13th Sep '17 4:41:47 PM nombretomado
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During the mid-1980s, Felix co-starred with fellow cartoon icon WesternAnimation/BettyBoop in a [[ComicStrip/BettyBoopAndFelix short-lived comic strip]] written and drawn by Mort Walker (better known as the creator of ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'') and his sons. Felix also starred with his friends and foes in cartoon creation software shipped with AppleMacintosh Performa computers. In 1991, he got his big screen break in ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'', which was written and directed by Don Oriolo in an attempt to bring the series back into the limelight, but it was both a critical and box office flop, being sandwiched between a whopping three animated features (Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Amblin's ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', and Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle''), although VHS rentals and TV airings allowed the film to gain a minor cult following.

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During the mid-1980s, Felix co-starred with fellow cartoon icon WesternAnimation/BettyBoop in a [[ComicStrip/BettyBoopAndFelix short-lived comic strip]] written and drawn by Mort Walker (better known as the creator of ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'') and his sons. Felix also starred with his friends and foes in cartoon creation software shipped with AppleMacintosh UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh Performa computers. In 1991, he got his big screen break in ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'', which was written and directed by Don Oriolo in an attempt to bring the series back into the limelight, but it was both a critical and box office flop, being sandwiched between a whopping three animated features (Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Amblin's ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', and Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle''), although VHS rentals and TV airings allowed the film to gain a minor cult following.
25th Jul '17 9:42:57 AM Prinzenick
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* ShadesOfConflict:
** The silent cartoons tended to have GreyAndGrayMorality, since there are very few clear cut villains--most of the humans Felix encounters are jerks at worst (although there was the odd exception, such as Simon Legree in ''Uncle Tom's Crabbin'') and Felix himself is [[AntiHero mostly just fighting for survival or has a self serving agenda and is hardly an ideal hero]], especially since he tends to earn the ire of humans or other animals (i.e. mice, chickens) by stealing their food or trying to eat them.
** The Oriolo cartoons, on the other hand, rely entirely on BlackAndWhiteMorality in their conflicts.
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.
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