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With plenty of laughter to go around, you can relive all the fun of these wacky cat" adventures starring the mischievous black feline whose 1950s hit show reached. Felix, Poindexter, the Professor, and more do it up right in all 31 episodes on 2 DVDs. Animated. 1958-59/color/3 hrs., 52 min/NR.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 232 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000UAE7PE
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By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on October 8, 2007
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There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this set, even before its appearance. Most of that centers around the claim on the cover to include "The Complete 1958- 1959 Full- Color Series". This set includes 31 episodes, a far cry from the 260 supposedly created. So what's going on? The Felix cartoons of this era are widely believed to run about four minutes each. The ones in this set run about seven minutes, almost twice as long. Possibly each episode was originally run in two parts. In that case, there would really have been 260 parts, making up 130 two- part episodes.

John Canemaker, in Felix: The Twisted Tale of the World's Most Famous Cat, writes that Joe Oriolo's original plan was to create 260 episodes that could run as four minute individual episodes or a continuing quarter hour, depending on the station format. Many cartoons of the time ran as "cliff-hangers", multi- part stories that dropped off at the end of the episode, including Ruff and Reddy, Crusader Rabbit, and Underdog. This was so that the clowns and spacemen who were the live hosts of kids' TV could sprinkle cartoon shorts throughout their shows, which ran from Fresno to Binghamton. Oriolo's revival cartoon arguably had little to do with the original Pat Sullivan/ Otto Mesmer film shorts, but it was Joe who gave Felix his magic bag along with the show's personnel, which included the Professor, Poindexter, Rock Bottom, and Master Cylinder. Oriolo tried to follow the Hanna- Barbera successes of limited animation, and deliberately aimed his show at kids, which may be why it has remained such a favorite.

This set is beautifully packaged, with a graphic of the iconic cat on the cover, and includes a list of episodes. The case opens like a book and contains two one- sided discs.
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To my knowledge, this set is complete as advertised. I believe there were 31 episodes produced during the 1958-1959 time period. There were another 91 or so produced during 1960-1961, bringing the total to about 122. I don't know where the notion that Trans-Lux produced 260 some odd Felix cartoons during 1958-1959 came from. That would have been an incredible feat, even if each cartoon was only about 7 minutes in length. If someone has some evidence that there were indeed 260 shorts produced by Trans-Lux, I would sure like to see it.

The problem with this release is that there is no slipcover to hold the DVD package closed. At least mine didn't have one. So it can easily pop open. The cartoons look excellent and the menu is easy to navigate. If the packaging were better, I would have given it 5 stars.
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Let's get this issue of "260 episodes" out of the way. Each "episode" of this show consisted of a first half with a cliffhanger pause and then a second half. The pause was there to allow a commercial, but the disc of course has no commercials, and so you get seven minute episodes with a minor "blip" in the middle. This DVD set is the first season of what was 130 episodes of the show, a number that tallies from lists in Lenburg's cartoon encyclopedia and elsewhere make clear.

And what a deliciously weird cartoon this was. The limited animation and UPA graphics become an aesthetic in themselves. Felix is, if we may overanalyze a bit, a fascinating abstraction, an oddly disconnected and almost pathologically happy being who serves only to frustrate "The Professor," who wants this magic bag Felix carries, although we are not told where Felix got the bag or what his purpose with the bag is except to be protected from anything the Professor pulls.

The voice work is also neat. Popeye's Jack Mercer does both Felix and The Professor (as well as later additions Poindexter and Rockbottom). You can hear echoes of Popeye now and then in the rendition of The Professor, and occasionally, Felix speaks without mouth movement a la the ad-libbing in the earliest Popeye cartoons, and The Professor garbles here and there in a way reminiscent of Popeye's "scatting."

At the end of each one, Felix squawks "Righty-oh!" and then does a trademark laugh that anyone who grew up watching TV in the sixties or seventies remembers fondly -- but which is oddly detached from what went on before. Felix is primally attached to seeing his assailant defanged to the point of this ritual celebration of such with us, every single time -- "Righty-o! AH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAH!!!" But "Righty-o" what?
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I am very pleased (that's right, pleased) to be proven wrong in my previous review. With the help of Jerry Beck of Cartoon Brew, I was able to clarify some details about this set, that I was incorrect about.

Although as I claimed earlier there were indeed 260 cartoons produced, (a fact John Canemaker bears out in the interview included in this set) it appears that the set is indeed complete within the context of the 1958-1959 heading. According to Jerry, Classic Media is working very closely with the Oriolo family on this one and their information about the cartoons in that portion of the timeline (1958-1959) is right.

This means I owe the folks at Classic Media one big apology. Under the circumstances they deserve praise. While, I wish the set were larger, more along the lines of their HarveyToons release, perhaps they have their own reasons for doing it this way. I only hope it doesn't mean that the rest of the collection will remain unavailable. There are still a lot of great Felix cartoons still to come, including VaVoom! and the return of the Master Cylinder!

I defended the HarveyToons set (incomplete though it was)on the argument that while it wasn't really the whole shebang that it was a great value for the price. I will defend this set on the grounds that it is complete for the years prefaced and if not extraordinary value that HarveyToons was, fairly priced none the less.

It shares the same handsome packaging design that HarveyToons did and the cartoons all look great. Though some folks don't like the open book style of the sleeve (w/no outer sleeve) it seems just fine to me. The discs are quite secure in their holders and not likely to fall out. If anything, it takes too much effort to release them.
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