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Trivia / Felix the Cat: The Movie

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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $9 million. Box office, $1,964,253.
  • Colbert Bump: The movie already had something of a cult status, but it suddenly got a lot more attention online after the Nostalgia Critic reviewed it.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Poindexter was voiced by Alice Playten.
  • Descended Creator: Don Oriolo wrote the songs and performed several of them himself, including "Who Is The Boss?" on which he also played guitar.
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  • Doing It for the Art: Say whatever you want about the quality of the movie, but it really was a labor of love by Don Oriolo. The Felix series was all but dead by the time it was released, and his dad was too ill to make a new Felix movie, so Don took it on himself to get a Felix the Cat movie made just to carry on Otto Messmer and Joe's legacy and revitalize interest in the character. Even in spite of its box office failure, it at least succeeded in its goal of getting people interested in the Felix franchise again.
  • Dueling Movies: With Beauty and the Beast, as well as An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and Rock-A-Doodle, which were all released around roughly the same time as this film. All three of them (especially Beauty) completely crushed this film at the box office. (It was a hollow victory for Rock-A-Doodle, which was also a major animated bomb and crushed it's helmer's studio.)
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  • Franchise Killer: This was the last we would ever see Felix the Cat in a theatrical film or short possibly for a long time.
  • In Memoriam: The film was dedicated to Joe Oriolo who died 4 years prior to the film's release.
  • No Budget: The animation was outsourced to Germany and Hungary in order to keep the movie from going over its $9 million budget, it shows.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The film technically was finished as early as 1987, but was left locked away for years until someone decided to dig it out and release it. Why they didn't take this extra time to touch up on the film's flaws (especially the glaring animation errors and lack of sound editing) is anyone's guess.
  • Talking to Himself: Peter Newman as Wack Lizardi and Pim. It doesn't happen with Wack and the Duke of Zill, as Wack only makes a speech about the Duke before the Duke briefly speaks to everyone in the audience.
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  • Throw It In!: The line of the monster quoting "A Streetcar Named Desire" was ad-libbed by Don Oriolo, who provided his voice.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • While Don Oriolo wrote the script, he originally wanted his father, Joe Oriolo, to direct the film. But the elderly Joe was ill and in no shape to be making a feature-length Felix the Cat movie, so he passed on the responsibility to Don to direct the film.
    • The Duke of Zill originally had a different design, which can be seen in the trailer at 1:05.
    • This movie acted as a pilot for a planned TV show but due to the low box-office and negative responses from critics, audiences, and fans that never happened. Until the Twisted Tales six years later.

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