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Entries in Felix the Cat (32)

Wednesday
Jul022014

On the Topic of Felines...

Felix the Cat has been away from the site for months now, most likely going feral, but since he is my favorite cartoon character, he makes a heroic return this week in this 1922 animated short, titled Felix Saves the Day:

 

Wednesday
Mar262014

Seventh Life

The year 1937 was a sad year for cartoon fans, as Felix the Cat passed away after three years in mourning, the poor feline pining away to nothing for his creator and owner, Pat Sullivan (1885-1933). Felix's last film, Bold King Cole, was released the year before and was still playing in the theaters when the surreal little cat passed on:

Fortunately for Felix, cats have nine lives, which allowed him to be revived in the 1950s and again in the 1990s.

 

Saturday
Apr132013

Saturday Cartoons

A more modern Felix the Cat also takes a vacation this week, and heads west. This animation is from the old television show. It is titled Vacation with Mr. Bart:

Good cartoons are getting hard to find, especially after four plus years of posting them, so this is likely to be the last Saturday cartoon (or posting for that matter) for some time. I am planning to start taking one day off a week so that I can address my other writing,  and Saturday seems to be the best day for it.  Beginning in the next week (tomorrow),  posting in this section will run from Sunday through Friday.

Saturday
Jan122013

Saturday Cartoons

Our good friend, Felix the Cat, has been out tomcatting for quite some time, but he returns for a brief visit this new year in a short from 1928 titled Outdoor Indore:

 

Saturday
Sep292012

Saturday Cartoons

Hoping to avoid trouble with the wife, our friend, Felix the Cat, heads to China to replace an old ornamental container he's accidentally broken in this 1929 animation, titled False Vases:

 

Saturday
May052012

Saturday Cartoons

Hoping to find out what lies ahead for his species, Felix the Cat visits a fortune teller  and takes a peek into the future. This 1928 animation is titled Futuritzy:

 

Saturday
Jan212012

Saturday Cartoons

Felix the Cat has either ingested some LSD or he's simply gone surreal. Either way, it looks like the cat had to deal with a real bad trip. This dates from 1930 and is titled Skulls and Culls:

 

Saturday
Sep032011

Saturday Cartoons

Unable to find a bite to eat, Felix the Cat is feeling down. But then he runs into father time, who (for a fee) is willing to use his EZ-FOLD portable time manipulator to send the hungry feline back to the good old days of the stone age.  Yet, after a number of  close calls,  Felix discovers that the past is no better than the present.  This 1924 Pat Sullivan adventure is titled Felix the Cat Trifles with Time:

 

Saturday
Aug132011

Saturday Cartoons

When opportunity knocks, open the darned door. Felix the Cat learns that lesson the hard way after turning down two  free meals so that he might eat at home instead.  But, much to his dismay, he arrives to discover that his owner is out of town for the week, leaving Felix to fend for himself. This 1924 Pat Sullivan animation is titled Felix Out of Luck:

 

Saturday
Jul232011

Saturday Cartoons

Looking for a free snack, Felix the Cat follows a leery old codger out to his favorite fishing hole where he proceeds to snatch away the man's catch. But as usual, Felix is caught and consequently finds himself in a tight spot, which results in an unexpected journey.  This animation comes from 1923 and is titled Felix Gets Broadcasted:

 

Saturday
Jul092011

Saturday Cartoons

Our favorite feline, Felix the Cat, has gone fishing this morning, but rather than show another cartoon, we'll tag along instead and join him. We may have jinxed the operation, however, as the fish now aren't biting. But as usual, Felix finds a way around the problem. This is titled Felix Gets the Can and was released in 1924:

This clip has an annoying intro. If you want to skip it and get right to the cartoon, it starts at 0:32 into the video.

 

Saturday
Jun182011

Saturday Cartoons

What should be an uneventful walk home turns into a nightmare of  sorts for our favorite feline, Felix the Cat, though most of his fear derives from misperception and an overactive imagination rather than any actual threat.  This Pat Sullivan cartoon is titled Sure-locked Homes and was released in 1928:

As with most films, this has its share of stereotypes...kind of like real-life.

 

Saturday
Sep252010

A Closer Look

Felix the Cat and his pal, the Professor, drop in for a moment to pick up passes to the Betty Boop Confidential, a documentary that provides a revealing look at our favorite cartoon babe.

Now, Betty never ventured off-planet to the best of my knowledge, but she has always been a bit of a space cadet, and she does qualify as a babe (from a cartoon perspective anyway):

If one finds momentary nudity shocking, the above clip dwells on...hmm...particular aspects of Betty's subliminal appeal. But one sees more of the human anatomy in an art museum, so this is probably safe for work.

 

Saturday
Aug282010

Saturday Cartoons

As usual, our friend Felix the Cat is hungry again. Taking a cue from a wealthy organ grinder's monkey, Felix decides to enter the music business to earn some money. But critical reception is poor, so he retires from show business and joins the Navy, where he tangles with the battleship's mascot, an old goat. In the heat of battle, Felix is knocked cold, but at last finds a way to acquire a meal. This Pat Sullivan animation was released in 1930 and is titled Oceantics:

As is typical of films of the period (and for that matter, today) there is some sterotyping in this cartoon.

 

Saturday
Aug072010

Saturday Cartoons

Seeing that there is money in it (and, of course, a meal), Felix the cat sets out to prove Darwin's Theory of Evolution,  transmitting himself to Africa via telegraph line, hoping to find the missing link.  But while seeking to find man's ancestors, our feline friend finds trouble instead.  This 1924 cartoon is titled Felix Doubles for Darwin:

 

Saturday
Jul242010

Saturday Cartoons

Felix the Cat returns this weekend,  only to find a lovely yet unattended young beauty loitering about the premises. He attempts to woo her with a pretty bouquet, but it isn't just any flower that will satisfy this lass, as Felix soon discovers. The trick for our feline friend this week is to find the bloom the lady demands without finding himself pushing up daisies instead.

This cartoon is from 1924 and is titled Felix Finds 'Em Fickle:

 

Saturday
Jul102010

Saturday Cartoons

Tossed out by the maid,  Felix the Cat  wanders forth to find himself  a meal,  coming across an opportunity to make himself some real money---by winning the air race to Timbuctoo.  Using his feline ingenuity, Felix constructs himself an airplane and then embarks upon a flight of fancy that soon turns into a nightmare.

This cartoon is titled The Non-Stop Fright and dates from the year 1927. Be aware that there is a bit of stereotyping based on movie audience perceptions of that time.

Saturday
Jun122010

Saturday Cartoons

Our friend, Felix the Cat, trades away jug of milk for a nice comfortable mat to take his nap on, only to find that the rug was actually a magic carpet that has transported him off while he slept to the faraway land of Arabia.  Once there, Felix exchanges the fibrous weaving for a sack of jewels, only to have them stolen by a greedy unscrupulous sheik in this 1928 Pat Sullivan cartoon, titled Arabiantics

 

Saturday
Jun052010

Saturday Cartoons

Letting his curiosity get the best of him, our friend Felix the Cat follows the trail of his owner's second-hand smoke this morning to find himself alone and hungry in a land of giants, in this 1926 Pat Sullivan animation titled Land o' Fancy:

 

Saturday
May292010

Saturday Cartoons

Hoping to eat in style, Felix the Cat grabs a pen and paper and proceeds to draw up a menu for the day's meal. Things go awry when he sets forth to gather the ingredients, however.

This Pat Sullivan animation dates from 1926 and is titled Dines and Pines:

Note: the film contains some mild stereotyping.