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Trivia / Felix the Cat: The Movie

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  • Channel Hop: New World Pictures originally picked the film up shortly after its completion and planned a Thanksgiving 1987 release but that didn't happen. Not helping matters was their serious financial issues that prevented certain upcoming films from being released, including Felix. By 1991, the film ended up at Buena Vista Home Video and went Direct to Video. Columbia TriStar Home Video would rerelease the film a few years later. As of 2020, all rights to the movie are with Felix owner Universal Studios (on behalf of DreamWorks Animation).
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  • 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, which caused it's cult status to skyrocket.
  • 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.
  • 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 quiet release, it at least succeeded in its goal of getting people interested in the Felix franchise again.
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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.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The film is only known to have had one official DVD release in the early 2000s by one Top Ten New Media Production Limited HKSAR, however it went out of print fast and most second-hand copies go for outrageous prices online. The only other way to view it would to either view a bootleg copy, to try to track down a VHS copy of the film, or to import the Australian DVD.
  • No Budget: The animation was outsourced to Germany and Hungary in order to keep the movie from going over its $9 million budget, and it shows.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The film technically was finished as early as 1987, but wasn't released until 1991 due to original distributor New World Pictures' financial issues and subsequent dissolution.
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  • Short Run in Peru: The film was released in a few foreign markets like the UK before (eventually) coming to the USA.
  • 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.
  • 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 (albeit Don's inexperience as an animation director meant that he ultimately ended up taking on the producer's role instead, with Tibor Hernádi directing).
    • 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 its lack of release and negative responses from critics, audiences, and fans, that never happened. Until the Twisted Tales six years later.

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