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The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg is a 1936 Van Beuren Studios cartoon starring Felix the Cat and is part of the Classic Era of Felix cartoons, and the first of three shorts they made starring film. It was released as part of their Rainbow Parade series, and is the first Felix the Cat cartoon made in color.


  • Animated Adaptation: The story is a loose adaptation of the Aesop's Fable of the same name.
  • Animation Bump: Besides the obvious addition of technicolor, the animation is much more lavish and polished than the B&W Felix cartoons.
  • Damsel in Distress: Goldie the Goose.
  • Dog Face: Captain Kidd uses this kind of design.
  • Historical Domain Character: Captain Kidd. He's a cartoon animal take on a real life pirate.
  • Kid Hero: Felix is portrayed as a much younger character in this film than in the B&W cartoons.
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  • Lighter and Softer: This and the other two Van Beuren Felix shorts have none of the urban tone, dark or vulgar gags or surreal nature of the original silent cartoons.
  • Meaningful Name: Goldie the Goose, considering she's a goose that lays golden eggs.
  • Pirate: Kidd is one of the classic swashbuckling, pillage and plundering type.
  • Public Domain Animation: Due to Van Beuren going belly up in 1936, the cartoons copyright has been expired for a long time. This and the other two Van Beuren Felix cartoons ended up becoming bargain bin VHS tape staples as a result of this.
  • Russian Reversal: "I take what I want and I want what I take!"
  • Seadog Peg Leg: Captain Kidd has one. He duels ably with Felix at first, until his peg gets stuck in a knothole on the pirate ship's deck.
  • Suddenly Speaking: While not the first cartoon overall where Felix spoke, it's the first one where he actually speaks consistently and with intelligible dialogue.
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  • Villain of the Week: Captain Kidd is a oneshot bad guy whose sole appearance is this cartoon.
  • Villain Song: Captain Kidd and the rest of the pirates get a particularly good one when they hoist anchor and leave the port:
    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!