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->''Felix the Cat,''\\
''The wonderful, wonderful cat.''\\
''Whenever he gets in a fix,''\\
''He reaches into his bag of tricks...''\\
''Felix the Cat,''\\
''The wonderful, wonderful cat.''\\
''You'll laugh so much, your sides will ache,''\\
''Your heart will go pitter pat,''\\
''Watching Felix, the wonderful cat!''
-->--''Felix the Cat'' ThemeSong, 1950s

One of the oldest and [[LongRunner longest lasting]] animated cartoon characters, ''Felix the Cat'', created by animator Creator/OttoMessmer [[note]]Pat Sullivan claimed credit for Felix's creation during his lifetime, but Messmer revealed after Sullivan's death that he [Messmer] was the creator of the character--this claim is also backed by former employees of the Pat Sullivan studio[[/note]] made his [[TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1919]] theatrical debut as one of several cartoon components in ''Paramount Screen Magazine'' split-reels, then graduated to a 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 [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation sound cartoons]] started to grow in popularity and studio founder/CEO Pat Sullivan refused to produce sound films.

After a failed attempt at a Felix revival via sound and color during TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation via Creator/VanBeurenStudios, the cat eventually migrated to a hit TV series in the very late 1950s. Despite having [[InNameOnly virtually nothing in common with the original cartoons]], these TV shorts were a smash hit, and ultimately immortalized Felix as a pop-culture icon. Jack Mercer, better known as ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}, did all the character voices in the Trans-Lux Felix series.

Pat Sullivan claimed during his lifetime to have invented Felix himself. This conventional wisdom lasted until the 1960s, at which time the Sullivan estate's controlling interest in Felix was bought out. With no more need to placate Sullivan's heirs, surviving staffers named longtime lead animator Otto Messmer as Felix's actual creator.

Apart from Messmer, the best-known Felix developer was Joe Oriolo, Messmer's assistant from the 1940s onward. Oriolo took over production of Felix comics and managed the Trans-Lux TV series himself, creating Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks and beloved bad guys such as The Professor, Rock Bottom and Master Cylinder.

During the mid-1980s, Felix co-starred with fellow cartoon icon WesternAnimation/BettyBoop in a 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'', and in 1995, the Film Roman series ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'' was shown on Creator/{{CBS}} Saturday mornings after Felix appeared in commercial bumpers on that network.

Since then, Felix has had on-and-off revivals, from Japanese/American-produced ''Baby Felix'' to the 2004 direct-to-video special ''Felix the Cat Saves Christmas''. Don Oriolo, the current owner of the series, claims that another cartoon series is planned, being done entirely in CGI, due by 2013.

In June 2014, the rights to Felix were bought by Creator/DreamWorksAnimation.

[[IThoughtYouMeant Absolutely no relation]] to ''Franchise/FritzTheCat'', by the way.

Has a [[Characters/FelixTheCat Character Sheet]].
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[[folder: Available Filmography]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbX-BeSY_18 Feline Follies]]: The debut of Felix.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kce6ecPDtno Felix Saves The Day]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ahS75Xh_WA Felix Wins Out]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI9OgmCxx38 Felix Does His Duty]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs-NmKPDit4 Felix Land of Fancy]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT7yhjjYfwM Felix Gym Gems]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj14VidkaAg Felix Daze and Knights]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Liy3YAsJ_-o Felix In The Swim]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wamk68vULM Felix Minds The Kid]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLkLdraqvA8 Felix And A Painter]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50mVUAbkRKM Felix In Mr. Do All]]: Recolored Print.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTJkl7zLvQc Felix in Eskimotive]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGuYBR0qNvk Felix Turns The Tide]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcU5H79tnTw Felix Lends A Hand]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRx0oVJqTNE Felix In The Stone Age]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNX4usqqqnQ Felix The Ghost Breaker]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jErPv19Zu1M Felix Revolts]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYzTJ1rK8nc Felix Gets Broadcasted]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gYQhWJKlMQ Felix In Hollywood]]: One of The50GreatestCartoons.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDjZU9K-UC0 Felix In Fairyland]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41LAW972NGE Felix Goes A-Hunting]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeShWqVD9Fk Felix Doubles For Darwin]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kWhrdA9FQA Felix Finds Out]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQTdOxiCYj8 Felix Finds 'Em Fickle]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvH1ZFqT7cE Felix All Balled Up]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipk0xx9BHf0 Felix Goes West]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWXEBmy7yH0 Felix All Puzzled]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOtd2nCiHLE Felix Gets His Fill]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZdHxrUZG98 Felix Monkeys With Magic]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBacHvDcJjc Felix Gets The Can]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-WXe_i14eY Felix Dopes It Out]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdbgx9NsY20 Felix Two-Lip Time]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sctKhpImQo0 Felix in The Non-Stop Fright]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VjUehiO5eM Felix In Sure Locked Homes]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3h72ibzyz8 Felix In April Maze]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxailD4Ofq4 Felix Woos Whoopie]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSl14gDbK7c Felix In Futuritzy]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf9whhNUK0Y Felix in Arabiantics]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idwj3V88cCo Felix Trifles With Time]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVYsvYqiK-g Felix In False Vases]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYJwcOHUwIY Felix in Eats Are West]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTNYEqc6nuE Felix in One Good Turn]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNJZHWozapM Felix in Skull And Sculls]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J56bUb4m70Q Felix in Forty Winks]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu0osP-KQDs Felix in Oceantics]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFlUMM-KQUY Felix Follows The Swallows]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAnbvoeX69o Felix Hits The Deck]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho19cVC5nKI Felix Busts A Bubble]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuY2a7VDViY Felix In Outdoor Indore]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVZEqSVONrQ Felix Dines And Pines]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XwMbEEKR44 Felix in Comicalamities]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei-4mPTsQGA Felix In Astronomeous]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMAJkAxrN0o Felix In Romeeow]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzimEvzgkkk Felix Misses His Swiss]]: Recolored Print.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZqDvhgYzOk Felix in Sunken Treasure]]: Recolored Print.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjjMuqvy7yw Felix in Pedigreedy]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDinA0t8nHo&feature=relmfu Felix Switches Witches]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FKmf5ot7GE&feature=related Felix Out of Luck]]
* [[http://www.britishpathe.com/video/felix-the-cat-uncle-toms-crabbin Uncle Tom's Crabbin]]
* [[http://www.britishpathe.com/video/felix-the-cat-no-fuelin No Fuelin']]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k0Z0tRCmvA Felix In The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg]]: The first of the Van Beuren shorts.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UWbFnxzty0&feature=related Felix In Neptune Nonsense]]: The second of the Van Beuren shorts.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isbzfRh4za8&feature=related Felix In Bold King Cole]]: The third of the Van Beuren Shorts.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AnimatedSeries: The Trans-Lux TV series and the Twisted Tales.
* AnimationBump: The three Creator/VanBeurenStudios Felix shorts, in spite of their flaws, are fairly well animated and feature lavish color and backgrounds, and as such are a considerable animation upgrade from the original cartoons.
* AnthropomorphicShift: In his very earliest incarnation (as "Master Tom," in 1919's "Feline Follies"), Felix is shown as being a regular housecat. By the 1920s, he walks upright and talks, even though he's still the pet of humans. In the handful of Felix cartoons made in the 1930s, he's shown living in a society of anthropomorphic animals, and [[FurryConfusion actually keeps pets]].
* BagOfHolding: The "bag of tricks", introduced in the 50's series and later incorporated into Twisted Tales.
* BankruptcyBarrel: In "Felix in the Swim", after Felix and the kid's clothes get eaten by a goat, they go home in barrels. It's pretty odd, since [[FridgeLogic they had both been in swim trunks when their clothes got eaten, and Felix hadn't been wearing clothing to begin with]].
* BigBad: The Professor and Master Cylinder
* BrainInAJar: Master Cylinder.
* CaptainErsatz: Felix probably has the [[BoskoTheTalkInkKid most]] [[OswaldtheLuckyRabbit ersatzes]] [[LadyPlayYourMandolin of any]] [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cartoon-culture/swing-you-sinners.html fictional character]]. Ironically, [[MickeyMouse one of them]] would totally dethrone Felix in popularity.
* CardCarryingVillain: The Professor and Rock Bottom in the Trans-Lux cartoons.
** Also Peking Duck in ''Twisted Tales.''
* CashCowFranchise: One of the earliest examples of this trope-Felix was popular enough to spawn lots of this-until MickeyMouse came around and unsurped the silent stars popularity. Nowadays he's more or less known only because of his merchandise, since he hasn't had a truly popular cartoon made since the 1950's.
* CatConcerto: In "Forty Winks", Felix conducts his friends in a chorus outside a guy's house.
* ChasteToons: Perhaps the earliest example, as the kittens Inky, Dinky and Winky were introduced as Felix's sons in 1926, then suddenly [[RetCon retconned]] as nephews in 1930. A few pre-1930 comics were even reprinted with the familial relationship changed.
** Later still (1950s) only two kittens were used at a time, with Inky and Winky appearing in cartoons while Inky and Dinky appeared in comics.
* ChildProdigy: The Professor's nephew Poindexter, who is friends with Felix.
* ContinuityNod: In ''Baby Felix'', Master Cylinder is a goon of the Professor's -- in the Trans-Lux series, he was a former student of the Professor's who left to become King of the Moon.
* CuteButCacophonic: Vavoom the Eskimo, from the Trans-Lux TV series.
* CuteLittleFangs
* DerangedAnimation: One of the oldest examples.
* DescendedCreator: In "Felix Saves Christmas", Don Oriolo, the current owner of Felix, provided the voice of Pointdexter.
* DownerEnding: Felix's first theatrical short ends with [[spoiler:him sucking on a gas pipe(!?) after he gets kicked out of his home and finds out his girlfriend already has kittens.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The ending of "Felix Doubles For Darwin".
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* Felix Impersonators: Felix have been impersonated twice. The first time was in the old black-and-white Felix the Cat comic strips, where Felix's look-alike white-furred cousin, Alex who dyed his fur black to impersonated as Felix to sreal Kitty from him. The second time was in an episode of The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, "Phoney Phelix" where a cat named Oscar kidnapped Felix and goes around impersonated as him to steal his life, career and friends, but Oscar's diabolical plans have been foiled by Felix in the end.
* FountainOfExpies: See "Captain Ersatz" above.
* FranchiseKiller: The failure of the Movie and Twisted Tales put an end to Felix's career outside of merchandising, save for the only-released-outside-Japan-on-DVD "Baby Felix" and a low key direct-to-video film "Felix the Cat Saves Christmas" in 2004. It should also be noted that he is getting a upcoming CGI Revival.
* FurryConfusion: From 1919 through the mid-1950s, stories alternated between showing Felix as either a TalkingAnimal pet in a human home or a FunnyAnimal master of his own house. Only with the Trans-Lux TV series was Felix established as a FunnyAnimal for good.
* TheGamblingAddict: Felix meets one named Billy in the Twisted Tales. Billy lost his luck because of this, since Felix is a black cat that crossed his path. Billy even begged Felix to "uncross" his path. Which Felix did. Felix, however, kept crossing Billy's path, eventually sending him to the poorhouse. Later on, Billy steals Felix's magic bag, hoping it'll restore his luck. Billy has been winning bets since then, which made him the (probably) only person who managed to steal the bag ''and'' use it. [[spoiler: Felix eventually confronted Billy, who had a security guard throw Felix away. Felix then challenged Billy for a bet with the bag at stake. Felix then picked two dice and told Billy he could get any number he wants from them. Billy then called "13". Felix protested the biggest number he could get was "12" but Billy insisted with "13". Felix soon had an idea: he got the dot from the exclamation mark that came with the idea and added it to the six-dot face of one of the die, turning it into a seven-dot face and then threw the dice, obtaining "13". As soon as Billy lost the bag, he lost his new fortune]].
* GoKartingWithBowser: There are episodes (usually without the Magic Bag) that have the Professor employing Felix as a babysitter for Poindexter.
* GodDoesNotOwnThisWorld: Zigzagged; Otto Messmer never owned the rights to his own creation, and even though Pat Sullivan claimed before his death that Otto is the owner of Felix, Sullivan's estate secured the rights to the character while Otto worked on the comics. Eventually, Otto's assistant and friend Joe Oriolo would inherit the franchise, and the franchise today is owned by his son, Don Oriolo.
* HauntedCastle: The castle in "Bold King Cole".
* HurricaneOfPuns: The Trans-Lux series, particularly the early episodes.
* IdeaBulb: Quite often seen.
* ImpactSilhouette: In "Felix Goes West", this happens when Felix is thrown through a door by an angry house owner.
* InNameOnly: The Trans-Lux TV series has literally nothing in common with the original Felix shorts aside from the character. And this also applies to the three Van Beuren Felix shorts from the mid-30's, which were equally as unrelated to the source material.
* LicensedGame: There is a Felix The Cat game for the NintendoEntertainmentSystem, which is a fairly good platformer with enjoyable music and crisp graphics. It was also remade for GameBoy.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Among these things, it can slice through a cloud like a knife, turn Felix's head into a lightbulb, and even destroy ghosts!
* 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 on the way), a feature length movie and a direct-to-video film, decades worth of newspaper and magazine comics, and an absolutely ''monstrous'' amount of merchandise.
* MagicHat: Felix's iconic Magic Bag of Tricks, which is an actual bag.
** In the 1995 series, some episodes didn't feature the Bag of Tricks at all, presumably so more challenging plots could be used. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one episode.
*** The Magic Bag wasn't in all the 1950s episodes either; it featured in about thirty percent of the episodes. Oriolo was wise not to overuse it; it made for some funny situations, but it also made Felix borderline infallible. Even in episodes where it does appear, it's often used as a last resort or MundaneUtility, with Felix using his wits to address the bulk of his problems.
* MissingEpisode: A huge chunk of Felix cartoons from the silent era are currently missing.
* MoodWhiplash: The opening of "Bold King Cole", where after the first few seconds of Felix singing a very upbeat song, backed up by some very colorful scenery, suddenly cuts straight into a nasty storm scene.
* TheMovie: ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie''
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Felix is heavily based off of Creator/CharlieChaplin, and The Tramp himself appears in ''FelixInHollywood''.
* NoIndoorVoice: Vavoom in the Trans-Lux cartoons. He was a pint-sized eskimo who's shout of "VAVOOM!!!!" could cause an avalanche.
* OverlyPreparedGag: Punch line from ''Felix The Cat- Felix Doubles For Darwin'' takes several minutes to set up.
* PaintingTheMedium: A few of the old strips had gags involving Felix's speech balloon, be it him literally eating his own words or using his speech balloon for a...well, literal balloon.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Contrary to popular belief, the Bag of Tricks wasn't with the character from the start.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Felix's simple, round design set the standard for cute cartoon animals ever since.
* RhymesOnADime: Although no-one speaks in rhyme ''constantly'', in the Trans-Lux series characters spontaneously burst into rhyme the way characters in other cartoons might burst into song.
* RunningGag: The Trans-Lux series had The Professor literally beating himself up over his failures, often using contraptions solely designed for the purpose of self-flagellation.
* SpinoffBabies: "Baby Felix".
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Happens to King Cole in ''Bold King Cole''
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Felix is apparently able to breathe underwater in "Neptune Nonsense".
* TalkingAnimal
* TalkingToHimself: All of the voices in the Trans-Lux cartoon were done by Jack Mercer.
* TankGoodness: In the {{NES}} game, one of Felix's power-ups is being able to ride a tank!
* TinCanRobot: The Master Cylinder, a recurring villain in the Trans-Lux shorts who is the self-proclaimed "King of the Moon" and the Professor's former pupil before an accident destroyed his original body.
* TravelingPipeBulge: The "Felix Doubles for Darwin" short has a whole scene of Felix traveling through the entire transatlantic cable and then back again, pursued by apes.
* VillainSong: "You Talk Too Much, You Never Shut Up" from "Bold King Cole".
** Captain Kidd and the rest of the pirates in "The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs" get a particularly good one:
---> ''Oh, we take what we want and we want what we take''
---> ''For we’re pirates out hunting for treasure!''
---> ''If we need any gold, we steal it away,''
---> ''Robbing widows and orphans of pleasure!''
---> ''We fight with our hands, we cuss and shoot,''
---> ''We’re mean and we’re bad from our hats to our boots.''
---> ''We take what we want and we want what we take''
---> ''For we’re pirates out hunting for treasure!''
* VolumetricMouth: Vavoom is the UrExample.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In "Bold King Cole", whatever happened to those guests that the King was boasting to?
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Otto Messmer based the events of "Felix Turns the Tide" off of his own memories of friends and allies getting gunned down around him when he served in World War I.
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