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YMMV: Felix the Cat: The Movie

  • Accidental Innuendo: When Pim first shows up at Wack Lizardi's office with the bag, Wack asks "What in Zill have you got to be excited about? Did someone invent enlarging pills?" (It's meant to be a crack at Pim's height.)
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Oriana's second dance in the film is just her flailing her arms and spinning in a circle. Considering this was when Felix had hatched an escape plan, she may have been "dancing" like that to make sure no one really paid close attention to Felix.
  • Anticlimax Boss: How does Felix end up defeating the Master Cylinder? He throws the Book of Ultimate Power at him. Yes, really.
  • Anvilicious: The ending, as well as the book which is revealed to consist in its entirety of "Truth, Love and Wisdom". The Duke did not take it well.
  • Ass Pull: The Master Cylinder. Also an Anticlimax Boss owing to the Ass Pull pulled immediately after.
    • The fact that a tear from the Princess activated a machine and traveled to meet Felix is definitely one of these.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Several, notably a dragon/lizard/thing that starts quoting A Streetcar Named Desire.
    • The "Sly as A Fox" musical number.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Face to the Wind (The Princess Song)."
    • "Who Is The Boss?" is also good. Note that the other musical numbers don't get brought up when discussing this film...
    • And the Mizzard Shuffle.
    • Don Oriolo recently released a small soundtrack from the film on iTunes, including complete versions of the two songs mentioned above.
  • Cult Classic: Sure, there's a lot of problems, but it's so impressively weird that it has a small following even now.
  • Designated Evil: We're never told what the Duke of Zill originally did to be banished from the kingdom...his only "crime" that we're shown was creating the Cylinders, which he thought would revolutionize labor. He was jealous of the king, who he considered weak and backwards, but there's no indication that he was planning to take over the kingdom before he was banished. Oriana does state that he wanted the Book of Ultimate Power though, so he may have only been using the "labor robots" to plan a coup.
  • Ear Worm: The Zill national anthem. It has a terrible rhyme scheme and a huge ego, but you can't fault a villain who has a hard rock national anthem.
    Who is the boss?
    The Duke of Zill of course!
    Who's never at a loss?
    The Duke of Zill of course!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Wack Lizardi is pretty popular amongst the fandom. Some given reasons for this include that his voice actor is completely hamming it up thus making him at least slightly enjoyable to listen to, he tells Felix that he's "no good with jokes", something a fair amount of viewers agree with, and seems to actually do more things on-screen than the Duke of Zill does.
    • Grumper also appeals to many people who see him as the Only Sane Man.
  • Fridge Horror: As pointed out in part four of this review, when the circus tent collapses, you can clearly hear people screaming. After that, Progress City seems to be completely void of any inhabitants as the protagonists are trying to escape.
    • Pim somehow found an unoccupied boat not too far away from where the headhunters were. Unless it somehow belonged to one of the headhunters (which seems unlikely and would just bring up more questions)...
  • Fridge Logic: It was established early on that Felix's magic bag only transforms for him and it reverts back to normal when someone else touches it, so how come later on in the movie both Princess Oriana and Wack Lizardi were able to touch it without having it change back?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Nightmare Fuel: The opening Felix head, as well as Oriana being chased by the Cylinders early in the film.
    • The trees which sprouted what were essentially black and pink flying jellyfish.
    • The Headhunters.
    • The circus, especially when Who is the Boss? is performed. Also, Wack Lizardi. Just... Wack Lizardi.
  • Padding: Quite a few scenes, but special mention goes to the tapdancing Mizzards scene.
  • Squick: Some reviewers have noted that the Duke of Zill seems to be too interested in seeing his niece dance night after night.
  • They Just Didn't Care: It would explain why the plot is such a mess, the numerous animation goofs that they didn't correct, and why they didn't even bother to release it into theaters until a year after it was "finished".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: You'd think a Darker and Edgier film about the watered down Felix the Cat traveling into another dimension to fight an evil overlord and his army of robots across a dark, twisted land would have been the best thing to ever happen to Felix. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Princess, especially when she's giving Felix exposition in her room. Her eyes are staring at the exact same spot and seem to move independently of her eyebrows and jaw, leading to some freaky expressions...or her looking like she's high.
    • To be fair, she was Rotoscoped, which has a high probability of going incredibly wrong.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: The Mizzards. It doesn't help that they keep mixing up which one is the pink one and which one is the blue one.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The world of Zill in spades. Also the underwater scene is very surreal.
    • The whole movie practically qualifies as this.


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