YMMV / Felix the Cat


  • Broken Base: The reception of the post-silent era Felix cartoons are contested among the fanbase, particularly in regards to the TV-era Felix cartoons.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Winston Sharples' energetic and dramatic music scores are considered one of the best elements of the Van Beuren and TV Felix cartoons.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Felix is remembered as one of the first television stars. How? In the form of an NBC test pattern featuring Felix as a doll. Its significance comes from being one of the first images to be broadcast on the then-fledging medium of television, when NBC was just a decade old. 85 years later, NBC parent NBC Universal acquired DreamWorks Animation, the current rights-holder of Felix, ultimately bringing his legacy back to NBC after more than a century.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Felix is far from a forgotten character today, but not that many people have seen his cartoons outside of baby boomers and animation buffs, not helping that he hasn't starred in any major new works in decades.
  • My Real Daddy: While the bulk of the franchise up to the TV shorts attributes Felix as a creation of cartoonist Pat Sullivan, almost everybody today recognizes Otto Messmer as the real person behind Felix's creation and success.
  • Newer Than They Think: The Professor's nephew Poindexter is actually the progenitor of the term "poindexter" being a synonym for "geek" or "nerd"!
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: There exists a Felix video game for the NES and Game Boy, and both happen to be surprisingly enjoyable Mario clones, with fun gameplay and appealing graphics and music.
  • Signature Scene: Felix's "Thinking Walk", which is frequently used throughout his cartoons. It was even reused in the Van Beuren and Joe Oriolo TV cartoons!

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